When decorating living rooms, it sounds obvious, but make sure to consider the main uses of the room.

It’s not only a family room, but a guest room as well. So it should be warm and personal, yet functional and inviting. Here are tips to improve your living space:

Add small pieces of furniture.

You don’t have to spend alot of money on new furniture. Solid color sofas and chairs always work well.

The best living room decorating ideas include accessorizing with color using vases, candles and plants. . . or whatever home decor items you like best!

A small bench or one extra chair with character can also fill up an empty space and add to the overall look and feel of the room.

When decorating living rooms, why not try decorative clocks? They're functional and add to the aesthetics of the room. An old grandfather clock or a tall, contemporary style artsy one can be used and can help accentuate vaulted ceilings.

Choose area rugs that add design and style.

Place a colorful area rug under your main piece of furniture, coffee table, or in front of the fireplace.

Choose rug colors that fit the design of your furniture, but also contain the accent colors you want to "pop" in the room. With coordinating colors, your interior will immediately look better!

Use adequate lighting.

Your list of living room decorating ideas must include lighting--an often overlooked decorative and functional design element. A great reading lamp makes such a difference in areas where heavy reading takes place. But the aesthetics of the lamp are equally important.

Have you ever seen a metal or silver lamp in a traditional interior? Or how about vintage pre-war lights in a more modern setting? Of course, there's always very linear track lighting or sconces for a more contemporary look.

There are so many ways to improve your living space with lighting. Decorating living rooms includes experimenting to decide the best functional and decorative lighting solution for your interior!