How to Decorate a 17x20 Living Room


Activities in a living room include lounging, reading and entertaining. If your 17-by-20 living room does not have a comfortable, homey appearance, decorate it to create one. A 17-by-20 living room has ample space. Emphasize the size of the living room when decorating it. Decorating a living room involves the use of furniture, paint and accessories. You do not need any special skills to decorate a living room. Allow yourself a weekend to complete the work.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Bookshelves
  • Books
  • Knickknacks
  • Curtains
  • Framed artwork
  • Paint three walls in the 17-by-20 living room with interior paint, your paintbrush and paint roller. Selecting a light colored paint creates an illusion of an open, airy feeling in the room. Paint both of the 20-foot walls and one of the 17-foot walls.

  • Paint the remaining wall in the 17x20 living room with a dark paint color. Painting one 17-foot wall creates an accent wall in your living room and emphasizes the shape of the room. Allow the paint to dry before continuing onto the next step.

  • Place bookshelves on the accent wall in the living room. Cover the entire length of the wall with bookshelves.

  • Decorate the bookshelves with a variety of books and knickknacks. Decorating the bookshelves creates a focal point in the living room.

  • Hang curtains as window treatments in the 17x20 living room. Select curtains in the same color as the accent wall to emphasize the wall and create a balanced appearance in the room.

  • Mix materials and textures in the living room to create depth, for example, silk curtains and a wood and plaid patterned sofa. Creating depth emphasizes the shape of the living room.

  • Hang framed artwork in a variety of frame colors on the walls in the living room to decorate them. Selecting frames of different materials emphasizes the mixture of materials and textures in the living room.

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