The living room is often the center of the home, where the family gathers to relax at the end of the day. Since the living room is the most-used area of your home, you’ll want to ensure that the décor is functional as well as beautiful. Designing a room depends largely on your family’s taste and lifestyle. Choose elements that fit your needs. For example, leather sofas are extremely practical for families because they are durable and easy to clean.
The best way to begin when redecorating a living room is to empty the space entirely; give yourself a clean palate to work with. Before you bring elements into the room, take a moment to examine the features of the room itself, the placement of light sources and the entrances and exits. You’ll want to consider light when placing furnishings, especially those you use most for reading, and the flow of traffic through the room.
The color scheme depends largely on your family’s preferences. Neutral colors like white, cream, and beige offer a calm atmosphere. Bright, warm colors like red tend to emphasize emotion and passion. A cool color like sage or blue may be a more peaceful choice. Consider your existing furniture and decorations when choosing a color scheme. Remember that darker colors can be used as accents. Avoid putting dark shades on the walls if you don’t want the room to appear small and confining.
Flooring is one of the most important investments you’ll make in your living room. Whether you choose practical hardwood flooring or luxurious ankle-deep carpeting, you’ll need to ensure that you choose an option that fits with your family’s lifestyle, and one that you’re likely to love as much in ten or more years as you do now.
Any new furniture you choose should be solid and durable. Good quality furnishings are an investment that can last for years with proper care. Choose a neutral color scheme, with classic pieces that will remain in style as your family changes and grows. Consider furniture that serves a dual purpose- a sofa can hide a bed, for example, and some furniture doubles as a storage solution, like ottomans with hollow interiors for storing extra blankets, books, games or other items.
When working with a small to mid-sized living room, space is an important consideration. There are several tips and tricks you can use to make your living room appear larger and more spacious. First, lighter colors reflect light, making the room appear larger. Avoid obstructing the walkways with furniture. Try to keep the flow of traffic through the room open. Consider using furniture pieces that closely match the color of the walls, and place large furniture against the wall, keeping the center of the room clear. Mirrors can be used in the décor to reflect light and create the illusion of space as well. Be sure the furniture fits the room. Too-large pieces will feel awkward and fill the space, making the room seem smaller. Choose pieces that coordinate well to build an attractive space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.