Home is where we spend most of our time. Home is not just a place, it is a feeling that pulls us back after a long day at work or when we travel. It is the most comfortable place on the planet for every individual.
Your home may or may not comprise of many different rooms for different purposes, but every home definitely has a ‘Living Room’. Sometimes also called a lounge or sitting room, it is one of the most used and busy rooms throughout the day in any home. Whether you are living on your own, or with family, a living room is an important space.
It is the place where you at times relax, watch TV, study, have meals, have family time, play, dance, workout, and even socialize. Living room is your most cherished place in the whole house and also a window to your world and your lifestyle for the visitors. The way you keep and design your living space says a lot about your likes, style, nature and attitude. Hence we have come up with a few steps that you can start with or keep in mind when you plan to design your living room.
1. Know your Space:
Take a measuring tape and find out the dimension of the space. You should have furniture pieces smaller than that dimension so that there is walking space and the space does not feel so filled up. Also keep in mind the doorways, otherwise, you might buy a piece of furniture that can not be brought inside the room as it can not pass by the doorway.
2. Get the basics Right:
Identify the focal point in your living space. It could be an architectural detail, fireplace, window, bar, books cabinet, big screen television, a chandelier, a coffee table or a work of art. Now arrange your furniture around this focus. Make sure you are able to create conversation areas when arranging the furniture, as people should be comfortable in talking without straining their necks or shouting in case of large spaces. But make sure to leave enough room in between furniture pieces for people to walk around. There should be a minimum gap of 15-18 inches between two pieces of furniture. You can also drop the age-old basics of arranging all the furniture with their backs touching the walls. Keep them close to give a more warm and intimate feel to your space. Just make sure the backs of your furniture is well finished.
3. Understand your Needs
This is an important tip. Know your need and purpose before you start to choose your furniture. If you are living alone and have occasional guests dropping in, you can have delicate pieces of furniture with light-colored and delicate upholstery, but if you are a family and have young kids, this room should be sturdy enough to bear the wear and tear of everyday usage. The upholstery should be in darker tones and furniture should be made of solid wood to last longer.
In case you are a pet owner, make sure you pick surfaces that are easy to wipe and clean. As our furry friends love to scratch, avoid materials that attract pet hair and those that can be scratched or stained easily for your upholstered items. You can pick leather since it tends to repel fur. Keep a safe environment for your kids or pets by avoiding glass furniture or low-level furniture with sharp edges. Have sturdy coffee tables so that they are not easily toppled over.
4. Furniture is the Key
Furniture is the trickiest thing when it comes to a living room. The furniture that you select needs to be both comfortable and stylish at the same time. Choosing the right furniture can give you that desired comfort and solace and will also complement the whole theme and feel of the space. The formula of the three-piece suite (1 triple seater and 2 single-seaters) and a set of matching wood cabinets and coffee tables has made it easy to put together a living room furniture combination.
Contemporary furniture, Mid-century designs, and older pieces can all work beautifully together, so rather than sticking to one era, think of the overall look. For something new, you can opt for armchairs or accent chairs, which are ideal as statement pieces. Consider adding a pair of interesting armchairs if there’s enough room after adding the sofas or couch to complete a seating formation around the coffee table. Along with the type and style of furniture, the material also needs to be selected carefully. Solid wood has the individuality of a natural material. For the most robust and upscale pieces look for designs made in solid woods like Sheesham or sagvaan.
Photo: Kaashthkaari, Project: Gupta residence at Jaipur, Furniture Designer: www.kaashthkaari.com
5. Get your Greens
What is a living room which has nothing ‘living’ in it! Real plants, no matter what their size, breathe instant life into a room and look stunning on coffee tables and mantles. They just have a way of making any space feel bright, lively, and gorgeous.
If you have some areas of your living that are left unfilled, then adding different layers of plants can turn it into a whimsical plant sanctuary. Just play with different levels, different shapes, and colors of pots, length, and heights of plants and size and color of foliages. Try putting plants that drape down from high shelves. It shall give an unexpected touch and make your room memorable. You can invest in glass jar terrariums for that coffee table to add some class and vouge to your living. Or you may just simply go for a large plant and prop it next to your sofa or the favorite chair, instant spice for your living room!
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6. Pep it up with Accessories:
Accessories are like decorations on the cake. They simply help in adding interest and contrast to your living room. This step should always be followed after choosing your living room furniture, as any and every accessory item that you select should complement your furniture.
Below is listed a basic sampling of home decor items that you can choose from to accessorize and enhance your living:
• Lighting fixtures such as the floor, table, and pendant lamps
• Books and magazines
• Vases and other glassware
• Candles and candle holders
• Wall frames like mirrors, paintings, and photos
• Rugs and durries
• Pillows, cushions, and throws
• Curtains and table runners
• Birdcages and other hanging decors
If you have a basic sense of scale and proportions and complementary colors, feel free to play with these objects. Remember to mix colors, layers, and textures by choosing pieces of varying heights, widths, and styles.
Pro tip: Couple something vintage with a very quirky or modern item and see how chic it looks.
Photo: www.houzz.com, Designer: The Orange Lane, Project: Actor Irfan Khan’s Home at Mumbai
7. Never Forget to Personalize:
The most important item you should have in your living room is something that’s personal and meaningful to you and whoever else lives in your home. It can be a piece of art, a photograph, or some other type of special accessory.
Family heirloom looks great when displayed in living rooms. It can be a grandpa’s clock, antique armchair, collection of books or graphic novels, stamp collection, antique mirror or a collage of old family photographs. Afterall won’t you like to feel nostalgic and warm in the presence of family memories. You can also put your creative side on display in your living with some DIYs. Nothing can be more personal than that.
The idea is that it should not be something that anyone can just go to a store and purchase. This is what will stand apart from your living room from everyone else’s and make the room unique to your home.
The living room is that room of your home, you would be in a happy state of mind just by being there and more than happy to invite your friends. Hence when it comes to designing it keep in mind that everything that you add to it right from the color of the walls, furniture, fabrics, plants, artworks, anything, and everything, should be a collection of things you love and most importantly they all should be telling a story, your story!