Have you ever been in a living room where it is obvious that no one spends much time?
The function of a living room is to foster life. It should invite people to gather together, socialize and relax. Based on this, the living room should be designed with shapes and elements that support and encourage well-being.
Use these design ideas to make your living room a comfortable and inviting place for friends and family:
1- Set the mood with colors:
Colors can energize or relax a space, depending on how intense they are. A serene color scheme will make people feel calm, cool and collected. Remember to also take into consideration the color of the floors as they are part of the overall color scheme and make a design statement as well.
2- Create a focal point:
A focal point anchors the living room and helps draw people into the space. A fireplace or a stunning piece of art is a natural focal point. Avoid placing a television in the living room or enclose it if watching TV is important to you. Remember however that a television discourages people from exchanges and interactions.
3- Arrange furniture to stimulate conversation:
Since living rooms are gathering spaces, furniture arrangement should be organized to promote conversation and interaction. Arrange also seating pieces so they face each other and are in a position of control where you can comfortably see but not be in direct alignment with the doorway.
4- Plan for inviting lighting:
In the same spirit of relaxation and creating a comfortable mood, the living room should include layers of light. Position light sources so they form a triangle to ensure good distribution of illumination. Table lamps will also encourage people to sit and relax as they illuminate the seating instead of the upper walls.
5- Accessorize with Art & Collections:
Walls come alive when you use them to display Art and Collections you love. Group items for impact, and hang them low enough to relate to nearby finishing or architecture. The most common mistake in hanging pictures is positioning them too high.
In the end, the ambiance of a living room is also created by the energies of people. Remember to surround yourself with people that make you feel good.