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Elegant hardwood floors are part of a well-furnished living room

May 05, 2013

The living room is a place in most people's home where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a room that many homeowners view as their showpiece. Quality furnishings and beautiful hickory hardwood flooring from Anderson, such as the Chestnut Hill collection, will create an elegant atmosphere.

The living room is a place in most people's homes where visitors are likely to be entertained and a room that many homeowners view as their showpiece. Quality furnishings and beautiful hickory hardwood flooring from Anderson, such as the Chestnut Hill collection, will create an elegant atmosphere.Hardwood floors

Decorating with formal living room furniture requires a need for balance so the room doesn't seem too stuffy, according to InfoBarrel.com. In such cases, the decorating scheme for the main area of the room should be symmetrical

Add some coziness
When home decorators prefer a more casual feeling in their room design, they can get that with a wall color that coordinates with the furniture and will play off their elegant touches. 

There is sometimes a risk that the space will seem too cold or overwhelming. Creating several conversation niches is one way to provide balance and add a touch of coziness. In front of a living room window or in a corner of the room, for instance, a small conversation area can be arranged with two chairs and a small table between them.

Find a focal point
If there is a fireplace in the room, it can serve as a focal point with an equally weighty piece of furniture - such as a large bookcase or hutch - to counteract it across the room. Having two love seats face each other in front of the fireplace is often more inviting than placing one long sofa along a wall.

Sometimes, a large expanse of windows is a natural focal point because so much natural light streams in and it draws the eye when someone enters the room. A wood cornice across a sizeable window area brings an architectural detail into the room. For a softer touch, a valance may be upholstered in a fabric coordinated with other patterns in the soft furnishings.

Upgrade older pieces
Another suggestion is to use furniture that's already in the home, but upgrading these pieces with new upholstery or a selection of pillows and throws. Slipcovers for certain furnishings can be changed seasonally. The fabrics on a sofa and a loveseat can be different, but coordinated with each other.

Within a home design, a living room can become an elegant space by the simple addition of special details - curved arms and backs on seating, metallic accents or a glass-topped coffee table. These are the types of things that add something unique to a room.