The living room has always been the space for relaxation, whether you’re cosying up in winter or chilling out in summer. Everyone wants to aim for maximum comfort as this is the room where you come to read a good book, catch 20 winks, and catch up on your favourite TV shows.
With this ideal space in mind, you’ll want to take your time to pick out the right fixtures and fittings to make your perfect living room.
1. An Awesome Layout Is Key
Before you start making big plans for your living room, you must think about your available floor space and what furniture you want to include. Do you want more or less than what most households include? You will typically find a sofa, armchair and TV stand, but you might want extra items like floor lamps, a coffee table and a bookcase.
Once you’ve thought about your key pieces, you can begin measuring up and start planning where everything will go.
You can make planning your perfect living room much easier by drawing out an aerial plan. This way, you can see everything rather than trying to imagine it all in your head.
Go one step better and make paper cut outs of the furnishings you’re going to buy, then arrange them within your drawing. Now you can make sure that you’re leaving enough room between everything. If not, you risk your space looking cluttered and unplanned. Leaving enough space also means you can comfortably move about the room without having to squeeze past things.
2. Create Space
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If you have a smaller living room, there are lots of ways you can create space and make your room look larger.
By using a light, neutral colour scheme, you can make a room look much bigger. Avoiding patterns and keeping fabrics plain is a good idea otherwise, your space can end up feeling dominated. Hanging mirrors around the room will help bounce light around, giving an airy feeling.
Getting smart with your furnishing choices is a great space saving technique, and many companies have designed smart space-saving pieces. A good example is a nest of coffee/side tables instead of having a single big one. Choosing a design with thinner legs will help give the illusion of more floor space.
Instead of floor or table lamps, choose ones that attach to your wall. This is an easy way to keep your floor clear but still have additional lighting.
Opt for a smaller two-seater sofa instead of a large three-seater. If seating is important to you, get smart in choosing armchairs. You can find slim designs which, coupled with their manoeuvrability, means you can arrange them within your living room in a way you never could with a sofa.
3. Make It Social
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Your living room is a social hub – it’s where your family will gather for a special occasion or watch a new movie, and it’s also where you’ll entertain friends. Making it the ideal social space will make your hosting easier and far more enjoyable.
An excellent method is to ensure your sofas aren’t all facing towards the TV. Instead, position them opposite each other, or try a diagonal angle. Guests will find chatting much easier if they’re facing towards each other, rather than sitting in a line.
If your TV is in a cabinet, consider installing a door to close it away from the room. Doing this will make your living room feel more welcoming to your guests.
4. Get Smart with Your Storage
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No matter what size your living room, it’s always a good idea to use storage to your advantage. Creating a clean and calm space means finding a home for everything, resulting in lots of demand for storage. These things include gaming consoles, kid’s toys, CDs, DVD’s and much more.
Base the kind of storage you choose on the design of your living room, and how much space you have available to spare. There are two main types you can choose from; Open storage and closed storage.
Open storage comes in the form of shelving, where you can display items such as books, photos, and ornaments. It acts as an attractive feature in your living room while providing a place for these things.
You can also use open storage as a room divider if you want to section off your space or if you have an open plan living/dining room.
If you’d prefer closed storage, you can opt for a sideboard or cabinet. This way you can conceal any necessary clutter while maintaining an organised environment. What’s more, these furnishings can create another surface area for you to display photographs and flowers.
When you have a small living room, you’ll instead want multipurpose pieces to save on space. Think coffee tables with draws or shelves underneath or footstools with removable lids.
If you’re tight on space, redecorating your living room is the perfect time to analyse all the possessions you have in there, and question if you really need them. Decluttering the unnecessary frees up space and lifts a weight from your shoulders!
5. Finally, The Finishing Touches
When everything else is in place, now you can focus on the final details. These can be whatever you want them to be.
Hang picture frames, paintings or mirrors. Add colour with throws, rugs and cushions. Are you going to keep any house plants? Now is the time to add them.
Consider adding indoor plants that can contribute to cleaner indoor air and enhance your overall design.
Once everything is in place, you can finally kick back and enjoy your new, perfect living room!
Which point do you think is the most important? Is there something different you thought about when creating your perfect living room? Let me know in the comments below!
If you have any photos of your living room, or your ideal one, feel free to tweet them to me at @MetsonEmma. I love seeing the amazing things you can do with your homes!