When we want to relax at the end of a long day, the one place we can think of is the living room. It is where families spend time together and guests are entertained. With apartments getting smaller by the day, all of us need living spaces that can multi task. In most of the flats today, there is a living room that is usually used for seating. So, it is important that the living room is comfortable and inviting.
Instead of traditional seating arrangements, it is a good idea to have an open seating with mix and match furniture. This creates an illusion of space, particularly with an L – shaped sofa with separate chairs that compliment it. A good rule is to follow the basic elements, like a simple sofa, a neutral carpet and a console table; you can work the decor around them. For a more flexible lay out, you can replace your heavy sofas with smaller and cosier two seaters. Use multi functional furniture to free space in your living room. For example, you can find a side table that can also double up as a magazine rack.
Texture On The Walls
Cream or light coloured walls work best to create an illusion of space, but to make it more exciting, go in for textured walls. You can even convert one of the walls into a showcase to display interesting photographs. A good idea is to place a mirror against a wall to let more light in and make the room look more spacious. You can even cover up blank walls with framed woven fabrics or hang a few decorative plates of different designs.
Drapes For Decor
Long, sheer curtains in neutral colours are a safe bet as they let in more light and look classy. Do not go for heavy velvet drapes as they attract heat and dust. It is a good idea to match curtains with cushions and other accessories in the room for an elegant look.
Personalised accessories add warmth to the living room. Liven up your living room with accent lighting. Porcelain lamps are classic and they look perfect anywhere. They need not be very expensive as you can even get some good antique lamps at local markets too. Colourful cushions make pretty additions to living room decor. Do not be afraid to combine colours and textures. Colours like purple, green, blue and terracotta bring vibrancy and contrast to your living room.
Your living room can also double up as an entertainment centre. It is a good idea to invest in a cabinet that is beautiful and functional, with space for CD’s and with doors to keep the television when not in use. If the living room is big enough, you can even allocate a place for children and furnish it with beanbags, cushions and toys. As you have seen, you can easily convert your living room into a warm and comfortable family space with a little effort and imagination.