Want your living room to look more "after" than "before"? Here's how the pros go about designing a space. Often, seeing the living room of our dreams in a magazine can be as intimidating as it is inspiring. After all, how many of us have the decorator's eye, not to mention the time and money to create a room that looks "designed" rather than thrown together?
In reality, though, creating a great-looking living room requires knowing just a few simple rules of thumb in regards to scale, color and pattern. And while you want to be thoughtful about the choice and placement of your furnishings, you should also inject your own personality into the space-otherwise you'll end up with a room that looks like it belongs in a hotel, not a home. Here, a step-by-step guide to creating a gorgeous living space, from the ground up.