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Living Room Design Ideas

Interior Design & Home Decor FAQ & Answers With Spacejoy Designers

A majority of the time, the most intimidating part of decorating (or redecorating!) is figuring out where to start. We tend to put off projects because we just aren’t sure how to begin. How do you choose the perfect paint color? Should you nail down your style first or figure it out as you go? Spacejoy’s expert designers are happy to help with interior design advice on where to start with decorating’s toughest questions. 


Question: I'm really lost with my design style - I don't know how to define it or where to start looking for furniture.

Mid Century Modern Living Room

Answer: If you aren’t sure where you land in the realm of interior decor style, we suggest tapping into your existing wardrobe for a starting point. You’ve likely already established your personal style when it comes to clothing and accessories. We suggest narrowing down your top five favorite pieces and seeing which design elements they all have in common. Do you gravitate towards bold prints or do you drift to quieter neutral tones? Do you like simple silhouettes or more intricate shapes? Write down al list of the features you find in common, and then search those keywords using Pinterest. You’ll be able to save the images that you like the most and share them with a Spacejoy designer to give them an idea of what you gravitate towards.


Question: I always see people talking about open-concept homes - but I'm not sure how to design it or if I need one. Should I Go For An Open Concept Living Room? 

Modern Living Room Design

Answer: If you love to entertain, an open concept living room is the perfect setup for you. Giving your guests the option to have group conversations without having to worry about sectioned-off seating setups will make you the host with the most! A long couch mirrored with two accent chairs creates the perfect setup for guests to mingle or for you and your family to relax on a quiet night. Add in a minimalistic coffee table and end tables to round out the room without making it too bulky.

Question: I've been eyes gallery walls for years but haven't taken action on it yet... How do I even set up a gallery wall?

Gallery Wall Living Room

Answer: Spacejoy Designer Marisa Rhone calls on an exact science when it comes to setting up a gallery wall. She chooses an odd number of items; one large piece, one to two medium pieces, and three or more smaller pieces. The total amount of pieces will depend on the how much wall space is available for the gallery. Once chosen, place each item on the floor in the setup you'd like. This gives you the ability to move things around and see which placement you like best before mounting the pieces on a wall.  Once complete, take a photo of the arrangement on the floor so you have something to reference while assembling.


Question: We are repainting our house and are so lost on paint colors. How do we choose a paint color for the home? 

gallery wall

Answer: With thousands of swatches to look at and choose from, selecting a paint color can be a real headache when we’re looking to decorate. If you are undecided about a paint color choice, Spacejoy designer Heather Wise suggests choosing an easy neutral color. Neutrals keep rooms feeling open and calming with the added benefit of being able to throw in pops of color with smaller decor elements. If a customer is undecided on color, designer Marisa Rhone will typically choose a grey. She’ll take a look at the rest of the room and decide if it should be a more warm-grey or cool-grey based on the other elements of the room. Check out our quick guide on how to choose a color palette for more ideas.


Question: I've seen a lot of designers mix prints in their home and it's so adorable, but I seem to be having a hard time pulling that off. How do you mix prints? 

Dining Room Design

Answer: When mixing prints, it's important to keep certain consistencies so the combination will still feel like it belongs together. While you don’t have to use neutral colors, it can be easier to pair prints when neutral colors are dominant. Whether the colors are neutral or not, using consistent colors in your mixed patterns will help the combination feel cohesive. We recommend pairing different scales of prints, like one large and one small as two large prints will undoubtedly compete with each other. Spacejoy designer Heather Wise even suggests throwing in a solid color where appropriate to help marry the prints together. For example, she says, “if you are adding patterned throw pillows to a sofa, choosing a solid pillow in one of the dominant colors break up the patterns to ensure it doesn’t become overwhelming”. 

Spacejoy’s designers are here to help you with these questions or any others you may have while you decorate. Our unique online interior design technology will allow you to work together with our designers and see your project in 3D. What are you waiting for?! Start your next project today.

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