How to furnish a living room?
The living room actually plays the role of a visiting card of any home, whether it is a luxurious country house or a rather modest apartment in a Soviet-built high-rise building. In any case, this is a place where relatives gather in the evenings, where small family celebrations are celebrated and where close guests are received. There are extraordinary requirements for its arrangement, since it must necessarily combine comfort and convenience with a competent style-forming beginning, taking into account its size and not overloading with unnecessary details and decor.
Since the original objects vary greatly in terms of size, layout and materials of manufacture, designers put forward a different approach to the design and arrangement of various types of living rooms.
Arrangement of living rooms in standard apartments
Given the functions assigned to them, the arrangement of small living rooms is an extremely difficult task that requires serious tricks and design innovations. Let’s consider them in order of importance.
Space expansion. Priority should be given to vertical surfaces, such as narrow tall cabinets that leave more room for movement and visually stretch the room. Where the living room turns into a loggia or dining room, it is advisable to make a bright accent or place open shelves there – this technique will help to visually expand the space. Massive furniture or a too large TV screen are contraindicated in a small living room.
Approach to the choice of furniture for the living room. As for the selection of furniture, you need to remember that dark colors and matte surfaces not only make the space heavier, but also visually reduce it. Consequently, the furniture should be combined in color with the color of the walls, be light shades, carry a charge of lightness and airiness. In a small room, it should not occupy the lion’s share of the space. It is necessary to give preference to elongated silhouettes, transparent light materials, shiny, glossy surfaces. The most effective will be furniture that carries several functional loads: a sofa with storage boxes and a corner table, for example, or a table with several built-in shelves. It is highly desirable to use mirrors that expand the space and fill it with light. For example, mirrors in library cabinets or window sills.
Proper lighting. With the help of light, even a small living room can be divided into several zones. For example, thanks to a well-thought-out lighting scenario, you can highlight a reading area (best illuminated by an elegant lampshade), or a dining area illuminated by a lampshade that descends low above the table, or a relaxation area emphasized by tall lamps. That is, you need to pick up diverse lamps, united by a single style solution and placed at various points in the living room.
Arrangement of large-scale living rooms
It would seem that the arrangement of living rooms in country cottages or large apartments has no stylistic restrictions. However, the large scale of the room creates additional difficulties in terms of creating comfort. Often, large living rooms have an excessive touch of officialdom and coldness when choosing a modern a-la high-tech style, or become too jaded with decor and visually cumbersome in case of an emphasis on classicism. Therefore, when decorating the interior of large-scale living rooms, when choosing furniture and light sources for them, you also need to be very careful.
Here are some basic recommendations:
When choosing a color scheme, you need to focus on your own preferences – there are no strict restrictions for living rooms in this regard. Therefore, the choice of prevailing colors is determined by the installation on the selected design style.
Furniture should not be overly pretentious and jaded with details. It is better to give preference to elegant, visually light, elegant and functional furniture.
When decorating windows, it is better to choose long plain curtains of deep saturated colors.
Zoning the living room is preferable to carry out with the help of lighting. There should be several independent light sources, but a large elegant chandelier usually acts as the central one.
The purpose of the decor is to emphasize the overall style of the living room, turning it into a single harmonious whole. Most brightly and richly refresh and decorate the interior of the living room living plants – indoor flowers or bright bouquets.
To create maximum comfort when communicating, it is necessary to group the furniture according to the zoning of the room. So, it is preferable to place armchairs and sofas opposite each other.
A fireplace (artificial or real), a large sofa, several comfortable chairs, a coffee or dessert table, and a soft carpet can be located in the recreation area. If the space is quite limited, instead of a voluminous sofa, it is better to put several poufs or bean bags.
The reading area may include a rocking chair and a bookcase, or open bookshelves of an unusual configuration. The source of lighting can be either a floor lamp or a wall sconce.