Compromise is a critical life skill that enters every dimension of life-even decorating your living room. When you are thinking of living room ideas you may find yourself in love with multiple themes or in disagreement with a spouse or roommate. With creativity and an eye for style, combining decorating ideas for living rooms can be successful, fun and satisfying for everyone in your home.
Compromising & Combining the Themes
The more themes you incorporate, the more creative you will have to be but the process is basically the same. It will also depend how similar or different the themes are. Combining some themes like an Asian theme and Zen theme would be easier than a Zen theme with a rock-star theme. The primary task here is to identify the common factor in the living room ideas. For instance, in combing an Asian and Zen theme, you would incorporate a more natural Asian representation like bamboo, jade and the concept of feng shui. You could also incorporate meditation cushions that would be used in Zen lifestyle and simultaneously represents a classic Asian seating arrangement.
If your chosen themes accommodate one another, you can create a unifying theme. Consider this: your spouse wants an Asian theme, your teenage daughter wants a gothic theme and you want a tropical theme. In such varied combination you may decide to do an around-the-world theme in your living room; this is like a miniature version of Disney's Epcot. You could incorporate Asian tropic plants, dragons and samurai swords that would incorporate all three themes. The point is, regardless of the themes, there is common ground to be found.
The color palate of the room is another helpful tool to blend different living room ideas. Even if the décor dramatically contrasts in concept, you can get away with it if the colors blend. If you are determined to have your sports fan décor in your wife's traditional living room, color mediation is a solution. You could tone down the bright colors of a Lakers helmet by using a vintage display case. You could also print pictures in black and white or sepia prints to intertwine the two themes.
Consult your color wheel to choose an appropriate color scheme. Keep the colors in the same family unless your theme is rainbow. Sometimes contrast looks awesome. For instance a brightly colored, woven bohemian blanket would pop nicely against a modern, stark white couch.
Creating sections are an ideal option for intermingling your various decorating ideas for living rooms in a larger space. You could use this method to combine ideas like a lounge with a home theatre by dividing the area behind the couch using a tall book shelf. On one side you have a big screen and on the other side a couple pieces of savvy furniture, relaxing music, or reading material.