If you’re looking for help with interior design for living rooms, then you’ve come to the right place.
Living rooms are one of the most commonly used spaces in a home.
Unlike other parts of the house, the living room is one of the first that comes to mind when we’re thinking of painting, redecorating or renovating.
It is usually the place where we host guests and relatives, so it’s only natural that we want it to be beautifully furnished and thoughtfully designed.
But not it’s not an easy thing to do and plenty of people have gotten frustrated trying to make their living room look like the fantastic ones we see in House & Garden.
This article will definitely help point you in the right direction.
Setting the Style
First and foremost, assess the overall style of your house.
Your living room will need to match the rest of your house and not look out of place.
Do you have a modern and contemporary touch to your decor or is it classic and traditional?
The living room can be as versatile and as comfortable as you want it to be – you can opt for a semi-formal place where you entertain your guests, or go for a very casual feel where you can relax, unwind, read a book or watch some telly.
Usually, the primary focus of a living room is the seating – a great arrangement of sofas, ottomans and chairs etc.
That’s what will draw people’s eye’s first.
Then move onto the centre table, side table (if the space allows), coffee table and other items of furniture that complete and complement the style and look.
Planning the Space
The physical space that your living room occupies will determine the look and feel to a great extent.
This is because furniture positioning relies heavily on it. You have to first figure out where the sitting area will be…
And then focus on where to place additional items such as hard furniture, pieces of art, etc. so that your living room looks aesthetically appealing yet is functional at the same time.
Once your furniture is in its proper place, you will then have to add on extra accessories to complete the look.
The living room lighting is a multi-purpose tool that you can manipulate to create the feel you wish your room to have.
It not just serves as a light source, but also a decorative item.
Always go for living room lights that have a set design such as geometrical or floral shapes.
Even if you are going for a minimalist approach, it is important to ensure that the lighting serves a dual purpose.
Add a few lamps for a more intimate and cosy look -- a soft, dimly lit atmosphere is perfect when you want to read a book and unwind.
But you can turn on all the lights and lamps if you’re hosting an evening gathering in your living room.
There are three types of lighting that play a crucial role in interior design for living rooms:
Ambient — the overall lighting of the room, a centre light and small lights on different areas of the wall.
Task — lighting in certain zones such as side lamps.
Accent — lights that highlight or showcase specific objects.
Here is an example of ambient lighting in a living room:
And the task lighting here also serves as accent lighting for the art on the wall: