10 Things You Should Know Before Re-Designing Your Living Room
Even if you don’t plan any major repairs and just feel the need to refresh your furniture a little bit or add a few pieces of décor, our post is for you. While decorating the living room, you’ll have to face many nuances. How to arrange the furniture? How to zone the space? How to find the right décor? You’ll find the answers to all these questions in our article. Besides, we’d be glad to share a few secrets that would help your living room become truly cozy, comfortable and functional. So, let’s start!
1. Pick up the center
Before you get down to changing your living room interior, you should determine its center. And this is not necessarily the territorial middle of the room. In many modern living rooms the role of the focus of attraction may be given to a fireplace, a TV-set or even a window. To put another way, this is the item that your furniture is facing. As soon as you decide on a centerpiece (it can even be a common coffee table), it would be much easier to put the rest of the furniture. Besides, this simple tip helps to piece all the interior elements together.
2. Don’t save on sofas and arm-chairs
The key function of a living room is to bring all the family members and their guests together. That is why this place should be inviting for long conversations, watching movies or playing games. You’d surely agree that doing these things is far better on a soft comfy arm-chair than on a firm stool or an elegant costly piece of furniture that you want to get up from after a few minutes. So, don’t economize on good furniture.
3. Your furniture can be multi-functional
The number of seats can be easily increased by means of other horizontal surfaces. If a coffee table is made from some solid material and its top is located on the same level as your sofa’s or chairs’ seats, it can be safely turned into a bonus seat; just remove everything kept on its surface and add a few small soft cushions.
4. Use your chests
Your storage furniture can be used not just as a table, but also as an extra seat. Pay attention to your chests: a few throw pillows or a small decorative mattress can turn this massive piece of furniture into a comfy couch.
5. Mind the proportions
When choosing the furnishing for your home, you should mind its proportions. For instance, the length of a coffee table should be about ½ or 2/3 of the sofa length. An ottoman coupled with an arm-chair should look like its continuation and hence be lower than the arm-chair.
6. Living room is the best place for a home library
A small living room shouldn’t be overloaded with much furniture. But area permitting, you’re free to put your bookcases and bookshelves in the living room. Tall, floor-to-ceiling models would make interior appear visually higher and a lot cozier.
7. Put a rug
A rug not just adds the sense of hominess to the interior, but also clearly accentuates the lounge zone, which is especially relevant to open-concept rooms shared with dining areas and kitchens. You may opt for a big carpet and arrange all your upholstered furniture on it or do with just a small rug under a compact coffee table. Anyway, this is an excellent tool for bringing all the pieces of furniture together.
8. Diversify your lighting sources
Your surely know that proper lighting plays an extremely important role in interior design. It goes without saying that a chandelier alone is not enough. Complement it with table and floor lamps, sconces and backlit mirrors and artworks. Ideally, the amount and direction of lighting should be adjustable, allowing for creating different scenarios in your living room.
9. Wall décor
While focusing on your furniture, do not forget about wall décor. Paint one of the walls into a contrasting dark or, vice versa, bright color, or decorate it with beautiful patterned wallpaper. Or leave the walls neutral and light and dress them up with artworks, posters and other pieces of wall décor.
Mirrors are an easy and efficient means of adding volume to your living room interior. Besides, a competently arranged mirror can increase the level of illumination and whitewash the drawbacks of the layout. Thereby a mirror can be a pretty trivial interior element or a piece of art – just find the right frame for it and your interior would look far more stylish.