Elegant Living

Posted: January 7, 2011 in General Information
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(NC)—Formal living rooms will always hold their own against family rooms as one of the most essential elements of a home, both for entertaining purposes and simply for decoration.  Sue Rainville, director of marketing for Hunter Douglas, Canada’s leading manufacturer of custom window fashions, offers the following advice on how to adorn a formal living room in homes today:

• Traditional versus Contemporary: Just because this room is deemed “formal” does not automatically mean it must have a traditional setting. This room is a reflection of the tastes and styles of the homeowner, both in attitude and furnishings and should be decorated to suit that style.

• Floorcoverings: Ornate decorations take precedence in the formal living room with the floor serving as the launching pad.  For a more traditional feel, use Oriental rugs in common shades of red, orange, yellow and blue.  For a more contemporary flare, rugs with geometric patterns or exotic animal prints such as black-and-white zebra stripes add a zesty element.

• Window Treatments: Elegance at the window is key, particularly as this room typically resides at the front of the home, giving the first impression of the style of the rest of what’s inside.  Luminette Modern Draperies from Hunter Douglas feature beautiful woven fabrics that offer the look and function of traditional draperies, while making a consistent, clean, modern statement.  Unlike draperies, they also offer quick delivery, easy motorization options and the Hunter Douglas lifetime guarantee.

• Walls: Fill this area with luxurious items such as ornate mirrors and wall sconces that makes the eye wander around the room.  Paint hues should be simple so they do not compete with the furnishings and other decorative elements.  Colours such as taupe, beige or even a light gold work best.

• Final Touches: Finish off the look with important accessories including lamps, antique clocks and decorative books, or even a whimsical chandelier.  Remember, quality over quantity, as you want the room to emit elegance, not clutter.

Using these tips, your living room will be fit to entertain in no time.

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