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As easy-going as they appear, casual decorating schemes don’t just fall into place. There’s a world of difference between the casual room that has evolved haphazardly and one that is well decorated. Good casual decorating takes into account both comfort and style.

Starting with comfort factor, furniture should look inviting. But more importantly, it must feel good. Deep-seated sofas and overstuffed arm chairs with ottomans send message, “Come, sit here.” Certain fabrics and materials lend themselves to the casual style. Leather is an excellent choice, as are chenille and textured fabrics. Save your elegant floras’ and silks for your formal room.

Refer to nature for ideas. Natural materials are inherently pleasing to the senses and always at home in a casual setting. Exposed wood beams, hard wood floors, and rustic tile give a room an easy, relaxed feel. Add an area rug to soften the look and absorb sound. Bring the outdoors inside with a few houseplants. If you’re not much of a green thumb, consider some of the authentic-looking permanent botanicals. A texturing paint or wall covering will add depth and warmth to your casual setting.

Asymmetrical furniture arrangements are perfect in an informal room. Pull your furniture away from the walls and experiment with angular arrangements. Avoid the predictable look of sets of matching end tables and coffee tables.

Casual design applies to wall and tabletop accessories as well. Accessory pieces should be in odd numbers and of varying sizes and shapes.

When looking for a respite from the hustle and hustle of your daily routine, your casually decorated room will offer a relaxing retreat.

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Lori Wawczak, Decorating Den Interiors
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