The living room is typically the focal point of any house or apartment and is meant for, well, living. It is also a place to entertain and show off your style and decor8. The look and feel of a living room should ideally reflect your interests and style while at the same time being practical, comfortable and universally appealing to anyone who comes to visit. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your living room.
Use the Space
The very first thing you should focus on is the architecture and finding what furniture layout best complements the space. Establishing a focal point will give the room much needed structure and focus, be it a fireplace, window, television or something else. As the main function of a living room is socializing, try to arrange your furniture in such a way as to create practical conversation areas. Your guests should be able to talk to each other comfortably, without shouting or straining their necks. Flow is another important factor in a living room, so leave enough space for people to circulate around the room with ease, without tripping over or having to awkwardly avoid bulky furniture.
Less Is More
Open and spacious living rooms have been a definite trend in interior design for decades now, and for a very good reason. A good first step towards a sleek and modern space is to remove all the unnecessary clutter. If there are items that need to be stored in your living room, such as DVDs or books, it is a good idea to find furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, you can opt for a coffee table that has storage space underneath it. This way, the room will feel less cramped while still fulfilling its purpose.
What better way to give your living room a stylish and personal accent than with effective artwork? The living room is an ideal place to showcase art that you are passionate about; whether it’s a sculpture, paintings or photographs. For a sleek and modern look, try not to overdo it with artwork, as often just one piece per wall is quite enough to accent the room without over-burdening it visually. Remember that lighting is just as important as the art. An ideal option is to install track lighting that is specifically aimed at the artwork, thus minimizing shadow or glare. If used strategically and in moderation, bold and interesting wallpaper can also serve as artwork.
Whatever your preferred style is a classic, rustic, modern or any other style for that matter, it is crucial not to overdo it. For example, if you are going modern, it is easy to cross the line from uncluttered to empty, and that is not a comfortable or appealing look for any room. Traditional can quickly overflow into kitsch, and rustic when overdone can give a decidedly impractical log cabin feel, so moderation is key. Your living room should first and foremost be a place where you enjoy spending your time and where your guests feel comfortable and at ease.