There are many aspects to consider when learning how to design a living room. Functional elements include the comfort of the space, furniture layout, traffic patterns and having the right spaces and furniture for entertaining and activities. The decorative aspect brings it all together to create a room that is visually appealing. Read on to learn more about design and decorating ideas for your living room.


1.Determine what your living room will be used for.

Some uses for living rooms include entertaining, family games, reading and television watching. If you plan to entertain frequently, determine how many guests you will have to ensure youhave enough seating and space. If you don’t plan to have guests often, the room can be more of a cozy retreat for family. Make sure there is room and furniture for the various activities that will take place in your living room.


2.Design for the space.

If the room is an awkward or unusual shape, very large or very small, traditional decorating ideas and furniture layout may not work in the room. Use smaller scale furniture pieces in a small room, even if you have to modify furniture or use unconventional pieces. Purchase larger, over sized pieces for a large room. Position pieces so that the room is uncluttered and easy to navigate.


3.Create conversation areas.

Sofas and chairs should be grouped together so that people can talk to each other easily. The room should be arranged so that people walk around, not through, conversation areas.


4.Find the room’s focal point.

In some rooms, this is an architectural feature like a window or fireplace. In rooms without built-in features, the focal point could be a large piece of furniture, art or wall hanging. If a television set ends up becoming the focal point of the room, consider housing it in an attractive armoire or cabinet, or using a mirror or art image onscreen when the television is not on. The room should be designed so that the focal point stands out and other items do not compete.


5.Decide on the formality of the room.

A very formal room calls for traditional furniture, antiques and high end, sleek surfaces. A more casual room can use simpler fabric and eclectic decorations.


6.Choose a theme or style.

Examples of styles include beach, modern, Asian and rustic as well as very specific themes like recreating a room from a specific time period. Choices in colors, fabrics, furniture and art are determined by the overall desired style.


7.Achieve symmetry in the room.

Use pairs of furniture and decorations for a cohesive, symmetric look. This includes chairs, lamps and art.


8.Make sure you like the decorating ideas.

There are certain “rules” that people follow when learning how to design a living room. While it’s necessary to stick to some guidelines to have a space that others will appreciate and that guests will be comfortable in, the room should also be appealing to the homeowner and members of the household.


Courtsey:Kavitha Chandran

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