The very name of a living room conveys the vibrancy of this space. In many homes, this room is a place where its residents can lounge, relax, interact, and generally be themselves. For this reason, it’s of particular importance to make sure that the design of your living room is conducive to this sort of atmosphere. At the same time, you want to make sure that your living room reflects your personal style and is still consistent with the decor in the rest of the house. Putting together a unified design that’s still inviting may seem like a daunting task, but here are some design ideas to help you.
Keep a sense of harmony. You can quite easily obtain a sense of balance by thinking carefully about the materials you are using. Think of textures – rough or smooth? Think about how the surfaces respond to light – are they shiny and glossy? Smooth and reflective materials can help a room feel larger but they need to be balanced against other materials such as natural woods and stone. Solid wood furniture adds a lot of character and style as well as bringing a natural feel to your room.
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Keep control of storage. If you accept that your living room will attract clutter then plan for it. Oak or pine cupboards and sideboards will give you the space to tidy up after the children have finished playing and allow the adults a tidier area to relax in when evening comes.
A slightly larger living room will take kindly to old style Victorian ideas for decorating. You will get a feeling of opulence and richness, especially because of the generally mahogany colors of the furniture. Furnishings and drapes are generally quite heavy and require the use of lining and elaborate methods for pulling the curtains to let in light.
Keep things simple. When you are planning colours, stick to lighter natural hues. Avoid too many areas of deep colour but do place accents of colour on some smaller items – perhaps on a throw for the sofa, or on the curtains or blinds. Do not let a heavy colour dominate the room.