5 unconventional living room design ideas

The living room is the center of the home. It’s where your family gathers to catch up, relax, entertain, and make memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to design a room that feels open and welcoming, a place that holds the interest of its inhabitants—not some generic, insert-people-here lounge area that looks straight out of the showroom of a big box store.

So, how exactly do you make your living room a place where people actually want to be? The answer, according to Tiffani LeBlanc, owner of boutique interior design firm LeBlanc Design, which serves the Greater Boston Area, is in way more than the furniture. It’s in the textures. And the fireplace. And the lighting. Read on!

Prioritize texture over color

If you think the key to creating a memorable living room is finding the right paint color, it may be time to reconsider. LeBlanc said she prefers “multiple layers of texture over color.”

Her suggestion for achieving that textured look on your walls? “Wallpaper is a good way to get high-impact design at an affordable price,” she said, and predicts that the wallpaper trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Don’t forget the ceiling

Surprise: LeBlanc said you can absolutely use wallpaper here, too. You can also paint your ceiling a different color, add coffers, or expose and/or install beams. “It all depends on how divided and expansive you want the space to feel,” LeBlanc said. “Scale is very important. In general, I’d say choose something on the larger scale when it comes to ceiling moldings, and [color-wise,] go lighter on the ceiling to reflect light back into the room.”

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