Knowing a few design basics will help you get the results you desire when doing renovations…
Here are a few to keep in mind when re-doing your home’s living room.
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1. Wrong placement of lighting.
Your mood should be taken into account when choosing the lighting in every living room. Don’t just go for the chandelier smack in the middle of any given room, create an atmosphere by making a custom made lighting system with reading lights, wall lights, ceiling lights, floor lamps, etc.
2. Wrong carpet size.
Make sure you choose the carpet of the right size for your particular living room. A carpet that’s too small would imbalance your room, so go for one that’s large to extend the space, giving your room a polished appearance.
3. The TV’s location.
A TV’s best location in the room is a completely blank wall. If you install it at the front or near a window, the picture won’t be clear and it might cause harm to your eyes. The screen’s size decides the distance that should be between the sofa and TV, the distance should be 3 to 5 diagonals. So next time you buy a brand new TV, bring a measuring tape with you!
4. Cushions! Cushions! Cushions!
Don’t underestimate how much power sofa cushions have- they create a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. When shopping for cushions, choose their fabric to be matching to the texture and material of the sofa. Also, the size is an important factor, for smaller sofas, choose smaller cushions, and for big sofas, go for several fluffy ones.
5. Where to put the sofa.
For larger rooms, you can put your sofa against the wall. However, if given enough space to put it away from your wall, do it! It’ll give the living room a larger feeling and create a comfortable space. The presence of extra space with a sofa up against the wall makes the room feel like a dancing studio rather than a simple living room area.
6. Which furniture to use with extra low living room ceilings.
If your room has low ceilings, try to avoid dark colored furniture as the combination will create a cramped feel. Try to go for compact chairs and sofas, as well as clean cut tables atop raised legs. Also try to choose furniture in neutral light colors.
7. Go for comfort.
Sometimes, we choose furniture because it looks good rather than how comfortable it is. Don’t fall for this when choosing your own living room’s items. Try the furniture out before buying it and make sure it’s comfy enough to use daily or else it won’t be used and will be a waste of your cash.
8. Avoid furniture fads.
Furniture has fashion too that comes and goes. So try to avoid furniture that might be trendy for a few months or you’ll find yourself stuck with a sofa that has a voluminous back and armrests. Go for simple and classic, like items that have sharp silhouettes and straight lines. Maybe go for a bright and unexpected color on a more traditional sofa.
9. Where to put your photos.
The best height for a photo is 153 centimeters from its centre to the floor level. Maybe opt for a gallery section on one wall rather than having photo frames in each and every corner, especially if you tend to have loads of pictures.
10. Oversized furniture.
As a general rule, large furniture cramps up rooms. If the space is on the smaller size, don’t go for a large sofa, as it will eat the space up, but rather, you could go for a sofa with two seats and just a couple of armchairs.
11. Zoning your rooms for utmost functionality.
Work with your room’s functionality to get the best results. We’ve compiled a few zoning ideas for you:
- Bedroom and living room: make the bedroom closer to one of the windows, but just make sure the area for sleeping is the furthest from the room’s entrance.
- Kitchen and living room: it’s preferred to put the kitchen close to the window as it’s more comfortable to cook with better lighting.
- Dining room and living room: they should have appropriate space for both rooms.
- Home office and living room: put the office in a smaller corner, but make sure to have an additional source of light.
12. Make the centre of your room pop.
Put a brighter accent in any living room. It could be anything that you feel will attract attention, like wallpaper, a mirror, a fireplace, or some art work. You’re also able to make it a point of focus by using contrasting colors, or prints.
13. Plants and pots.
To make your room seem bigger, and more importantly, cozier, try putting a larger plant inside one pot, rather than several small plants, on your window still.
14. Furniture covers.
Furniture covers give you the opportunity to change the look and feel of your furniture. Simply by changing them, it could feel like you bought a whole new set of items.
15. Mix it up with styles.
If you follow only one style in your furniture or interior in general, it could become a bit boring. Changing it up gives your room warmth and freshness. You can mix your favorite style along with others, such as retro, eclectic, loft, or grunge, to name a few, to give your room more personality.
16. And finally, the curtains.
Heavy curtains can force your room to feel smaller. So in order to make the ceilings, and as a result, your room, seem bigger, hang your curtains as wide and high as possible. Also it’s best to choose them to be of a brighter as well as more saturated color than the remainder of your furniture.