Putting The “Living” Into Your Living Room Design

Let’s get practical about your living room design. What sort of space is your living room? Is it that kind of space with all of the expensive furnishings and devices, possibly antiques or family heirlooms, where no one dares to go into? Or is your living room used as the family room, the place where everybody hangs out. The place you watch television, play video games, party or just chill out and read? Whatever the function of your living room happens to be, the furniture and accessories set the tone, and should of course reflect your family’s personality.

Many families spend the majority of their time together in the living room or great room. That is of course because that is where all of the “fun” stuff is. Beside the kitchen, the living room is the heart of the home. That is why it is essential that your living room furnishings be long lasting, comfy and have enough seating for everybody.

When furnishing your living room, you need to think of what your family uses it for. Do you primarily view tv and play games in there? Do your friends come to hang out there?  Do you do a great deal of reading or other activities such as sewing or crafts in there? Consider how you use the space and you can start to make practical decisions from there. But the right furniture and you will love spending time in your living room.

The standard living room furnishings pieces are normally a couch, several chairs (of different types), a coffee table, perhaps some end tables, and lighting. When you are looking for a couch, determine if you might have overnight visitors and consider shopping for a sofa bed. Sleeper sofas have come a long way from the thin and bumpy bed mattress with a bar in your back, and supply a very comfy place for your guests to rest peacefully. If you don’t require a sofa bed, then think of the size your couch needs to be. There are large sectionals that accommodate numerous people at the same time. There are sofa and love seat mixes that allow you more flexibility in furniture arrangement. Identify what will suit your room, and purchase appropriately.

Then consider whether you need chairs that are soft, comfortable chairs or more formal accent chairs. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate a good variety of people, if you have a big family or have friends over frequently.

Choosing the ideal table or tables for you room can be tricky. Glass tables are elegant and give a feeling of more space. If you have kids, consider that they get smudges easily so you may be spending a lot of time with your Windex bottle. Wood tables are more sturdy and less maintenance. You may need some smaller accent tables depending on how much seating you have so consider buying a set of tables or spend some time looking for various tables that compliment each other.

Lighting play a big role in the overall feel of your living room. If you read a lot, do crafting or play games in your living room, then you will need good functional lighting. If you use the living room primarily for relaxing and watching TV then more decorative, ambient lighting is the way to go.

No living room design is complete today without some sort of entertainment center. It provides a place to save all of your home entertainment equipment, consisting of the television, stereo, video game systems and speakers. These can be found in a range of sizes, colors, and types, and likewise been available in a range of costs. Once again, what you buy depends upon your needs and the size of your space.

You’re living room design is all yours so you are making your own rules. If you need a general guideline to get you started, it would be to use a small palette of light colors for your walls and furniture. Then add in color and texture with accents like throw pillows and pictures etc. When you add in your personal touches with photos, wall hangings, shelving and plants your living room will quickly evolve into a comfy place that your family will take pleasure in spending time in.

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