The living room is the central room in every home and apartment. The design of the living room tells a lot about the homeowner. Just through observing it, one can easily judge the nature, temperament, and social status of the owner.
Homeowners are often conflicted on how to make the living room interior bright, cozy and outstanding all at the same time.
This article attempts to solve this problem by informing you about various living room design tricks and techniques, as well as showing you some interesting photos of amazing living rooms!
The living room is the first and in most cases, only part of your home’s interior guests see when they visit. For this reason, the living room should not just be functional but also;
The homeowner should also strive to make the living room comfortable not just for themselves but also for guests.
Determining the Center of the Room
In this case, the center does not refer to the middle of the room, but the area around which the furniture is arranged. Designers advise abandoning the usual placement of sofas and armchairs around the perimeter of the room because this arrangement eats up too much space. Whereas it is more traditionally appropriate to install furniture around the semantic center, which can act as a fireplace or TV, if you are a fan of classical designs, and you think that the TV in a similar setting does not look good enough, seek the help of an original wooden frame.
Traditionally, furniture sets for classical room designs include;
- A couch
- Several armchairs
- In some cases, a coffee table. This comes in particularly handy when you have to entertain guests
Lately, coffee table-transformers have been gaining praise from designers. These transformers can be unfolded into a coffee table or folded to make space.
Types of Furniture to Use in the Living Room
Soviet times gave us a wonderful invention called a furniture wall. While most people consider it a relic passed with time, the wall is still relevant and designers even advocate for it, thanks largely to its functionality.
For those who consider themselves opponents of cumbersome furniture, you can use different modules to create varying combinations.
Earlier, the TV stand was an integral part of any living room. However, design norms have changed and having a TV in the living room is no longer necessary. If you insist on having anyway, designers recommend hanging the TV on the wall to help save space.
Wallpaper for the Living Room
The main rule to remember when choosing wallpapers for a living room is that the lower the ceiling and the smaller the room, the lighter the tone of the wallpaper, and vice versa. In a large room with high ceilings, saturated wall colors should prevail.
Curtains for the Living Room
Tip: Choose curtains in your room depending on the style of the interior.
Living Room Decor
Every living room interior should have a highlight, a kind of connecting element that will give the room a complete look. Such an ornamental element can perhaps be an original painting. For classical interiors, various landscape canvases and still-lifes are suitable, especially if they come in shades that blend in with the overall color scheme. If you want to complement high-tech, loft or avant-garde living room interiors, then unobtrusive abstractions do just fine.
Pictures in frames with the same color scheme as the living room are also a great yet simple décor choice for living room interiors. If you decide to order a similar decor element, make sure the lines are in harmony with the shapes of furniture and fixtures.
Living Room Fireplace
The fireplace is a beautiful decoration for any living room style. It radically changes the atmosphere and creates a warm and cozy vibe.
The ability to install a real fireplace, unfortunately, is only available to detached house owners since to install one, you need a large living room area (at least 20 square meters), coupled with heavy and durable floors.
Fortunately for city residents, there is now the option of electric fireplaces, which can easily be installed in apartments. In addition to its originality and beauty, such fireplaces are good because they warm the room well.
The fireplace, of course, is best combined with a classic interior, but other combinations can also work. However, it is important to also select a fireplace finish, that can fit seamlessly into the existing living room design.
Different Styles of Interior Living Rooms
Classic Living Room
This style will forever be popular. The living room, executed in the spirit of classics, always looks rich and luxurious.
High-tech Living Room Style
High-tech interiors are strictly organized, with every item properly fitted and organized in its place. In such a living room there is no place for bright and colorful colors nor waves and bends. Everything is strictly monochrome.
Modern Living Room
The modern lounge allows you to incorporate a rich variety of technological innovations in the interior, without interfering with the style. The center of such a room, as a rule, becomes a TV or an audio installation point.
What to do With a Small Living Room
To visually increase the space of the room, use light colors for the walls. In addition, it is important to use as little furniture as possible.
In the living room, it is better not to use cumbersome sofas and armchairs, but to give preference to miniature soft models. To save space, try placing the sofa not as usual along the wall, but near the window. A good solution for a small living room is a sofa-transformer, which will serve as a spacious bed at night, and turn into a neat sitting during the day.
Forget about multilevel gypsum plasterboard ceilings or huge chandeliers. If you want good lighting, it’s better to hang wall lights or put a floor lamp.
Living Room in a Detached House
A detached house, unlike an apartment, offers a great opportunity to try out all your design fantasies! Here, neither space nor planning limits you, and you can safely decorate your living room in any style that you want!
Here are a few things to consider:
What if you combine the living room and the kitchen?
If you combine the living room and kitchen, then you will easily get a chic and spacious dining room! Every day more and more owners of two- and three-bedroom apartments are inclined to moving away from partitions and opting to merge different zones in the house. This trick makes the room visually wider, as well as more modern and appealing. It’s also more convenient to work from such a kitchen.
Combined Living Room-Bedroom and Studio Apartment
This section is particularly relevant for those who live in a studio, one-bedroom apartment or two-room apartment with a child. Due to minimal space, the room has to combine several functions at once.
If your small living room is square-shaped, the most convenient furniture choice is a sofa bed. If the room is large enough, however, you can organize two separate full areas, one with a double bed and the other with a couch.
Photo Ideas You May Wish To Try Out
When choosing a color scheme for your living room, you need to additionally research on the implications it will have on the overall design, so you can make an informed decision.