How to Style Your Living Room

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When I get home from a long day of working, my first thought is how much I want to just lounge on my couch and watch an old Friends episode. My living space is very multi-functional. It’s the space where I entertain and also where I watch movies and eat buckets and buckets of popcorn. Living rooms can be both stylish and practical because of what it functions as. It’s also the one room that can either be too perfect or too relaxed. Here are a few tips to create a living room that you can be both proud of and that you can lounge your Saturday away in.

  1. Use throw pillows and throw blankets as a way to add color and pattern in your living room. This is a great tip especially if you have a neutral sofa or neutral furniture in general. I am constantly changing my mind when it comes to patterns and color, so investing in throw pillows is a good idea for me.

2. Add some style by creating an art gallery. Even if you have young kids, you can still create a gorgeous gallery and not worry about it getting destroyed. You can either create an eclectic wall using a variety of frames, or you can keep it uniform and choose the same color/wood frame for all of your art.

3. Plants are always a good idea. They add color and texture to your space. If you have a lightly decorated room that is more minimal, add plants for a dose of character and style.

4. Rugs change everything! They can make any room feel cozy and finished. They also can add color and pattern just like throw pillows. You can create a nice color scheme by pulling colors from the rug and using that same color in the pillows and accessories.

All images styled and taken by Kirsten Grove.

For more living room tips: How to Choose the Perfect Sofa | Bringing Pink Into Your Home

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Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle, and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.