Today, living room themes vary as much, and are as individual as, the people who live in their homes. It’s even common for a living room to be fairly ignored, as more and more people tend to congregate in the kitchen/dining room area of the home to eat, visit with neighbors, play games and just enjoy each other’s company. If you have been thinking about updating your living room but don’t know what to do with it, the information in this article will help you with the task.
Give it plenty of thought
Think about the other members in your family, and what they enjoy doing.
If you have teenagers, do they usually retreat to their bedrooms to watch television or listen to music? Get them involved in designing the living room area. You may find that if you set up areas in the living room that are meant for listening to music, playing games or watching television, your teens spend more time with the family.
Would you rather your living room be more of a family room where everyone relaxes, reads and unwinds at the end of the day, or do you prefer a more formal area that is quiet and peaceful, no television or music allowed?
Keep these things in mind so that your living room will be used exactly as you intend. Your desire may be a mixture of the things mentioned above, but whatever it is, decide before you begin to plan out the design.
Visualize your ideas
Next, put your thoughts on paper. Write down those ideas you like best, and even draw a rough outline of different designs for the living room. This could be living room furniture lay outs, color schemes, textiles, etc.
By writing down your ideas and sketching out your thoughts, those ideas that are your favorites will clearly be defined, making it easier for you when it comes time to begin the project.
Look through magazines or online and keep a folder of those design ideas that you love most. Tear the pages out of magazines, print out the pictures you find online.
Deciding on furniture needs
How much seating you have available in your living room depends largely on the size of the room, but you do want to take account of how many people would usually be in the room if it were to be used. Consider how many are in your family and whether you have company (relatives, friends) on a regular basis.
This will help you determine whether you need a sofa and recliner. Perhaps additional furnishings such as a love seat or additional chair are appropriate.
Walls set the mood of the room
Your walls will be the most prominent aspect of the living room, so it’s important that you decide whether you want them to be bold and modern, warm and soft, elegant, casual, dramatic, etc.
The colors you choose for the walls will dictate the rest of the decor. If your living room is large, consider rich shades of pumpkin, caramel, burgundy or grey-blue. For a smaller living room, it’s usually best to stick to light shades of cream, butter yellow, apricot or pastel blue and green shades.
When it comes to accessories for the walls, the sky is the limit! What you choose will depend largely on the theme you have chosen for the room. Large tapestries, mirrors, bold prints, wall sconces – choose those things you really love instead of putting something on the wall just because “it fits”.
Put these tips to use when designing your living room and you just may see that your family actually starts migrating out of the kitchen and in to the room that was meant for gathering.