Decorating your apartment living room requires careful planning, since most landlords don't allow you to alter the walls with paint, and space is typically limited. Take your favourite colour scheme, such as black and gold, and make the space your own. Creative use of furniture and accessories can transform the space into something you're comfortable in -- and you'll forget you're in an apartment. Versatile pieces that can be used in another space when you move or change your colour scheme can save you money in the long run.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wall decor
Decide which colour will be your main colour, and use that colour in the larger pieces, such as your sofa. For example, pair a black sofa and chair with glass and gold tables or a gold hutch that holds your TV and media equipment. Alternatively, choose a gold sofa and black tables. Another option is to choose a sofa or chair with a black-and-gold pattern.
Arrange the largest pieces first. Your sofa, chairs or other seating should face the TV, if you watch a lot of TV in your living room. Leave a clear path to walk around the furniture or through the room if there will be a lot of foot traffic in the room.
Add the tables and smaller furniture next. Slimmer tables or tables with glass tops will keep the room from feeling too crowded. Remove any of the pieces that get in the way of the walkway or make the room look crowded.
Hang gold- or black-framed pictures or mirrors on the walls. Mirrors will make the apartment living room appear larger by reflecting light. Any artwork with black and gold in it is a plus.
Accessorise the room with black and gold vases, throw pillows, area rugs, candles or knick-knacks. Houseplants, whether silk or live, will likely make the space feel more open as well, as plants are associated with the outdoors.
Tips and warnings
- Add a third colour to your colour scheme in small items that can easily be changed out for a pop of colour. For example, red, lime green or blue can enhance the black and gold.
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