The Anatomy of a Cool & Casual Living Room

The Anatomy of a Cool & Casual Living Room

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 4, 2015

Do you want a living room that gives off those effortless, cool, casual vibes that make you want to sink into it and never leave? The opposite of stuffy and stuck up, these are spaces that feel full, finished and vibrant. No one style, they're a little bohemian, a little modern, a little eclectic (and everything in between). These eight spaces showcase the kind of elements you can bring into your living room to transform it into a similarly sweet space.

Sit-how-you-wanna seating

Comfy seating is a must-have for living rooms that are cool, casual and inviting. But don't just look for seating that folks can sit in; look for seating that encourages lounging, flopping and perching on — look for flexible, "sit-how-you-wanna" seating.

Seating arrangements that break the ice

Living rooms where the mix of seating points in toward itself encourages conversation and makes the space feel warm and inviting. Using an over-sized rug to completely encompass your seating area will make it feel like a cozy capsule.

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Decor that defies the typical and embraces your interests

Forget only decorating with items you think belong in a living room. If you've got a love affair with wigs, add those suckers in to your living room. If you love tennis, hang your rackets on the wall! Can't get enough of guitar playing? Display them in a room, don't store them away.

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Over-accessorize

Lots of elements like art, throw pillows and side tables gives an energetic, interesting feeling to a space, particularly when elements aren't arranged too perfectly. Mixing accessories with bold colors alongside more neutral elements makes for a playful room, as well.

Pick soft, soothing colors

Bold and bright colors makes for an energizing, exciting living room, but it can be a bit of a shock to the system — jarring for eyes to take in. There's just something a little bit more high-strung and serious about bold colors. So consider softer hues, like pastels, in your living room to give it a cool and casual feeling. The idea seen in My Scandinavian Home.

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(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Consider the view

One half of feeling like you have a cool and casual living room is catching glimpses of your living room throughout the day from other rooms in your home and thinking to yourself "Man I have a really cool and casual living room!" So consider the view of your living room from other spaces — actively use doorways as frames for your living room. But also consider the view from your living room; a bad view into a messy closet, a dirty laundry or your neighbor's trashcans totally ruin the chill of a space. As seen on My Scandinavian Home.

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(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Don't be so serious

Like life, as in your living room, the more casual you are with your sense of humor — and not always worrying about being too serious — the more cool and laid back your living room will feel. So frame your favorite song lyrics. Print a photo of your cat on a throw pillow. Embroider clever profanity on a curtain. Have fun and your living room will come off cool and casual. Spotted on Design*Sponge.

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