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:
Remember, living room lighting serves a dual purpose: it works as a light source, but also as a decorative accessory.
It’s important to have a variety of lighting that not just caters to the needs of whatever events take place there, but also looks great in the space and adds beauty to your room.
Whether it’s a simple paint job, a nicely patterned wall paper or some tiles, the walls of a living room make all the difference.
Wall coverings are a little tricky.
Even if you have all the right furniture in the right place, perfect lights and just the right carpet/rug, if the wall covering is over the top or too bland, the overall look of your entire living room space will be compromised.
Imagine a living room with predominantly white furniture and white walls.
The room will look bare.
But keep that furniture and play with the wall – give the room a stone or brick wall and see how the ambience changes.
The room will inevitably look more classic, and also have a rustic air about it.
When choosing flooring for your living room, make sure that it goes well with the rest of the living room décor.
You must have already figured out by now that all key components of the living room are connected and influence each other.
Wood flooring or tiles give off a rustic appeal while carpeting gives a smoother, contemporary and urban touch.
And don’t forget to add rugs to give a colour blocking or contrasting effect.
Here, the wood flooring pairs up nicely with the brick wall, giving the living room a rustic appeal:
Adding a statement rug or carpet to the floor brings more life to the living room. Go for a colour or design that can work well with the rest of the room decor:
Now comes a key component of the living room. It’s time to arrange the furniture.
First, identify the focal point in your room.
This is often a TV and you may want to place your furniture around that focal point.
Start with your soft furniture. Place your sofas and armchairs first and then place hard furniture such as coffee tables and side tables around it.
Make sure you consider traffic flow as well.
People need to be able to easily get from everywhere they want to go. Make sure your furniture doesn’t block a natural path of force people to take long detours.
This is particularly important if there are multiple entrances to your living room.
And as a side note – if you have an old piece of furniture that doesn’t match well with the rest of the decor, I’d recommend removing it.
If it is something you can’t let go of because it has sentimental value, consider placing it another part of the house.
You can match the living room decor with your dining area and continue the theme as well:
A piece of artwork can complete the look and feel of a living room.
Art is a great way to add flow to your living room. It can be used to match the colour scheme or it can be used to add some colour and bring room to life.
Notice how the art fits perfectly with the decor of the living room:
The grey coloured walls, carpet and sofa needed a strong pop of colour to create a good balance in the room:
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