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5 Must-Have Decor Elements for Your Living Room

This is the list of 5 must-have home decor essentials for decorating your living room.

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When it comes to home décor, there are certain must-haves in every room. Today’s post will focus on one of the most important rooms in a home, the living room. The must-haves for living spaces are throw pillows, floor-length curtains, decorative area rugs, wall art and table accents.

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Must-Have Decor Element #1 – Pillows

Use pillows to add texture and dimension to your sofa. Use solid colored fabrics or mix things up with prints that complement each other.

Are you tired of the tired, one-design-for-all, sorry and boring pillows that come packaged with your sofa from the furniture store? Don’t throw them away! Update them by simply covering them with a pillow cover. You can make removable DIY throw pillow covers like I did sometime ago or get some pillow covers online here  or here. Pillow covers are so much easier to maintain in the long run because they can be removed for laundering or changed for seasonal decor or to match your mood.

Vincent Navy Woven 20" Square Decorative Pillow

Must-Have Decor Element #2 – Curtains

This is is by far my favorite place to shop for curtains. Curtains add some pizzazz to your living space. However, putting up curtains can be tricky. It is very important to find the right fabric, in terms of opacity (how much light comes through), how the fabric print complement other decor patterns of items you already own and the length. I recommend 84″ length curtains for living spaces if you want to play things safe, but the ceiling to floor look is breathtaking and romantic. Just make sure to measure the length of your walls before you start shopping. Take a look at the image below for some curtain hanging do’s and don’ts from Apartment Therapy.

Set of 2 / Pair Medallion Blackout Thermal Grommet Top Window Curtain Panels Exclusive Home - image 1 of 5

Branches Linen Blend Grommet Top Window Curtain Panel Pair - Exclusive Home™ - image 1 of 5

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Must-Have Decor Element #3 – Area Rugs

There are several things to consider when buying rugs. Decor experts recommend that rugs should be priority on your decor list of items because your options might be limited in terms of color, print, and cost compare to other items on your list. Your living room should be decorated around your rug, and then build up. Your choice of rug should also depend on use and traffic in your home. Choose what would work best for your family. Consider the rug fabric if you have young children and/or pets.

Area rugs work best on hard surface floors, such as wood floors. Don’t forget to add rug padding if your area rug is on the thin side. On the other hand, cushioned rug pads are a must to help reduce wear and tear, and keep your rug from slipping and shifting. Get some tips here for how to arrange furniture on area rugs.

Woolverton Distressed Global-Inspired Denim/Wheat Area Rug
Sidell Brown/Tan Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Must-Have Decor Element #4 – Table Accents

Can you imagine having a coffee table without any decor accents? Meh! Decor accents are fun and add dimension to any flat surface. Mix items of different heights and shapes for a cohesive, balanced look.

Peony and Eucalyptus Floral Arrangement in Vase

Must-Have Decor Element #5 – Wall Art

Plain walls aren’t cool either. Especially white ones.  Bring attention to your walls by adding wall art and cool wall hanging.  Choose from metal, wood, canvases, mirrors, art prints, photo frames, and vinyls to decorate your walls. You can also play with colors, shapes and different styles of art, such as modern, shabby chic, contemporary, vintage, etc.

'Mod Pods II' - Graphic Art Print on Canvas
'Old World Map Blue' Framed Graphic Art Print on Wrapped Canvas

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Uttermost Ripley 47 1/4" High Metallic Pewter Metal Wall Art
Headlights 53" Wide Framed Giclee Wall Art

Want some help with hanging wall art, take a look at some hints from Shutterfly. Also, you don’t always need a large wall art. You can hang up a mix of smaller pieces to make a gallery wall and have fun!

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Must-Have Decor Element Tip – Coffee Table

Juliette Coffee Table

Umstead Coffee Table

Kinsella Coffee Table with Storage

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