Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Many a living room has fallen into the trap of being too sophisticated and formal to lounge and stay in. This typically results in the living room becoming more like a showroom for guests to look at and admire, but not to touch and experience the comfort of. This kind of living room is also hardly ever used by the homeowners.
Make the most out of your living room by making it family-friendly. Design it in such a way so the family would delight in spending time with each other. Follow these simple steps to achieve the right balance between style and function.
The first essential to any living room is seating. Bring in a three-seater sofa and a pair of armchairs for a good mix of seating options, and to encourage people to sit together. If you have a smaller space, a two-seater sofa with one armchair would suffice. Pick out seats that have bigger and loungier proportions and fill them with fluffy throw pillows in fun colors and patterns. This will encourage both family and guests to indulge in the comfort of the sofas and armchairs. If you want to step up the relaxed and informal feel, add ottomans or go for an L-shaped sofa in lieu of the regular two or three seater.
Lay out the seats around a central coffee table, to direct the flow of conversation. Be sure to pick out a coffee table that is proportional to the seating options around it. There should be enough tabletop space for people’s refreshments and a centerpiece. Choose an interesting centerpiece, perhaps a souvenir from your travels or a sentimental display item, to act as a conversation starter in the living room. If you have a three-seater or bigger sofa in your living room, add end tables on either sides of the sofa, so the guests sitting farther away from the main coffee table can have tabletop surfaces to rest refreshments on.
Keep your living room well lit by having an even, general lighting throughout the space. Employ some task lighting for reading beside armchairs or on side tables. You can also use decorative lighting fixtures, such as a pendant light in the middle of the room. - Aislinn Kee