Of course, the living area of your house consists of every single room, doesn't it? After all, a lot of living happens in your kitchen and in the bedrooms. However, you might also name the dining room and the living room as part of the living area. Are you planning to decorate the living area of your house? Maybe you focused on the other rooms until you had enough money in your budget to get high-quality furnishings for the more elegant part of your home. 

No matter the reason that you are decorating your dining room and living room, maybe you have a plan in place already. It could be that you have even already ordered furniture for those rooms. On the other hand, you might still be in the planning stages of your decorating project. If that's the case, from going through decorating magazines to arranging for help from a residential interior designer, here are some ideas that might help you:

Do Some Research

Going through home decorating magazines might be the best way to get you started on decorating the more formal rooms in your home. Pick out magazines that focus on the look you want. For example, if you want a contemporary look, buy magazines that focus on that type of decorating. Maybe you want an elegant country look. In that case, look for country living decorating books. For a traditional look, you'll probably find many magazines that have a variety of traditional furniture settings.

As you go through the magazines, pay attention to detail. For instance, furniture will easily stand out; however, beautiful wall sconces that might add interest to your dining room may not be noticed as easily. Don't limit yourself to selecting furniture pieces. You might see a dining room setting that has a striking side table as part of the set. Would that table be a great sofa table? 

Work With An Interior Designer

Even when you find great ideas in decorating magazines, you may feel insecure about how to put your ideas together. Consider hiring a professional interior designer to help you. He or she will have the training and the experience to polish up your ideas. In addition, the interior decorator will give you ideas you may never have thought of yourself. 

For example, perhaps you will show the interior decorator a living room set that you think would be perfect for your house. The interior decorator might suggest that you buy a stunning area rug that will add interest to the furniture you want. The decorator will also have the experience to help you to select accent pieces. If you have a huge wall as part of your living room, the interior designer might suggest that an oriental rug would be perfect as a wall hanging.