Living room as I have been mentioning always in my suggestions to you, is the heart of a house. My friend has been looking for doing her living room again. Today, I have penned my thoughts for her and of course for your reference too.
As you start your living room renovation, think about the space’s overall purpose. If it’s going to have a more formal feel, adding an elegant fireplace would be a superb idea, while a built-in TV console would work best in a more informal setup. Now-a-days, we can even install an electronic fire place which gives you the look and feel of having an actual fire place. These are primarily electricity operated and doesn’t take much time to get fixed and as safe as having a refrigerator at home. It is a low maintenance item as compared to our regular fireplaces. You may get this through online shopping. Try some good sites like www.amazon.in or even www.pepperfry.com. You can also browse through many living room pictures which are available on www.TheInteriorDirectory.com for the inspirations. Once you determine the overall tone, consider what kind of storage would work best as most of us live in apartments which are not that spacious; we need to look and work for better planned storages. Bookshelves and cabinets are great additions, regardless of formality, while a desk, table or booth ensure there is plenty of space for family requirement or homework help. Finally, be sure to bring some personality to the space by including fun decor, such as rugs, artwork, curtains and lighting.
The Usage of having a Living Room
If you already have a family room or better named as TV Room, for more low-key activities, your living room can act as a more sophisticated setting for hosting and entertaining. To get the look, buy a bar trolley, formal furniture like high rise chairs and sofas with mahogany wood bookshelves and coffee tables. Use the fireplace as your centre point by opting for a sophisticated mantel.
On the other hand, if it’s your primary living space, it should be used more like a TV room, complete with sofa sectional, media console and gaming spot. In the end, think about your needs; after all, a family with small children will use a playroom more than a formal sitting room. As children grow up, you may think again of changing the setting accordingly.
Furniture for Living Room
As Living Room serves many purposes, be sure to incorporate plenty of shelves, cabinets and drawers to accommodate all your household items. While more expensive, built-ins are the best way to do this, since they take up less space and are often customized to meet your needs. A built-in entertainment centre is great for keeping your TV, movie cds, video games and small electronics, while bookcases keep your books, picture frames and small decorative items in check. A desk, booth or large table can act as a craft station or homework spot for kids.
While decorating your space, don’t be afraid of bright colours, and don’t go overboard either. Stick with neutral sofas, armchairs and ottomans and go bold with accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new colour scheme is in order. You can keep browsing The Interior Directory for more inspirations for the same. The best way is to make a My Diary with us and keep saving the pictures which you like, so you can always refer to them later. This is just like what we all use to do; cutting the good pictures and filing them in separate folders or pasting them in some scrapbook…. Still love that feeling…
So coming back to our Living Room- Picture frames, rugs, throw pillows and curtains are all great for adding colour, while mirrors, table lamps and ceiling lights can help light flow throughout the space.
Hang colourful artwork on the walls, and even add an accent wall by choosing a trendy new paint colour. If you wish a more formal look, add a wall paper of your choice. This accentuated wall can bring a surprise look to the whole living room. Again, to sum up – figure out the needs of the family, decide the theme, formal or informal, decide the bigger furniture pieces, then walls, and finally accessorise the living room. Aha…. The living room is ready for the family and friends!!