It should be the most comfortable and the most inviting room inside your home. Yet, many home designers struggle with living room design and creating the right atmosphere.
Have you ever walked into someone’s living room and just felt so instantly comfortable and at peace? You may think that a space like that is the stuff of dreams and professional home design magazine, but having a home that is enviable to guests, is completely achievable when you know the right moves.
Achieving the right balance of class and comfort can be a challenge for sure. You want to make it a place where you can sit back and relax every night of the week, but it has to be neat and sophisticated enough for entertaining guests and hosting holiday events.
The great news is that you can achieve both, with a few tips and tricks that won’t break the bank.
If you don’t have a budget to a total living room redesign, fear not – there are tons of inexpensive touches that can bring a transformation and make the best use of the space you already have.
The amount of available comfortable sitting space inside a living room makes all the difference. Simply by taking stock of your current arrangement and mapping out a better combination can make the room feel brand new – and even make it feel bigger!
One important factor in interior design is to arrange the furniture in a way that is conducive to conversation.
Couches and arm chairs that face inward toward one another create an intimate space. If you do a lot of movie watching, how you position your couch is important too. An L-shaped couch is great for a room with a big screen television, and a perfect place for cozying up for family movie watching.
To compliment your couch, try adding petite arm chairs to promote conversation and add some fun patterns to the mix. Be sure to place small end tables at the arm of every couch so that laptops and books can be easily tucked away, during work-at-home sessions on the couch or online browsing between television commercials.
Remember, end tables can always be picked up cheaply at flea markets and refinished into any fun color you want.
Adding a piano as a focal point is a great way to add a touch of class. The piano is also a great place to display family portraits and vacations photos. Tickling the ivories might just tickle your design fancy!
Adding the right rug beneath your feet can give any designer something to dance about. If brand new flooring isn’t on your budget, you can still add some flair to the area near your feet. If you have outdated wood or tiles floors and replacing them isn’t on the horizon, adding a colorful area rug can bring new life to the floor.
A rug is also a great way to disguise a floor that you are less than thrilled over. Something with a white base will make the surface area of the floor appear larger, while patterns like stripes or dots will distract the eye away from the floor beneath.