Living Room Ideas
17th Jan, 2018
Your living room should be the main hub of your home, so when decorating you have to balance both practicality and design. Remember to consider your lifestyle before committing to a particular style – you might love the pure white furniture of the Scandi style but if you have a dog and small children then you could spend more time keeping it clean than enjoying it!
Modern living room ideas
If white furnishings are unpractical for you, then you can still get that clean fresh feel by going for a light blue or pebble grey and painting your walls in an off-white – which you can keep practical with a wipeable finish. If you’re looking for some more warmth then brown leather sofas never go out of style, they are fantastically durable and can look even better after some weathering.
Scandi-style wood furniture can also warm up the feel of your room while still being practical and affordable. You could even use a cool modern backdrop to highlight brightly coloured furniture to create for a vibrant youthful atmosphere that can still look very sophisticated.
Small living room ideas
Good storage is a must for small spaces, so turning your storage solutions into great looking features is just good sense.
You can make a stunning focal point out of a sideboard by using it as a display for mementos, plants, and art, and you can modernise this look with floating shelves to extend your display upwards. Wicker baskets are another fantastic choice for storage as they look great and, depending on their size, can be a feature all on their own.
De-cluttering can make your space look surprisingly bigger, so if you have a smaller living room consider keeping your accessories to a minimum and asking yourself if each item is needed or whether it could be stored out of sight. A pile of your favourite magazines might be convenient but keeping them tidied away can make a huge difference to the look of your room.
Don’t be afraid of large furniture – even if this means you have to only have one sofa and a single armchair. Small furniture can sometimes only serve to emphasise that the room is small, and having a large sofa (especially one with a corner design) rather than having extra chairs, can actually save space.
Our top tips for your living room
- Consider whether your idea is practical to maintain
- Choose your furniture to match your design – the right furniture can make or break a style
- Look at the size of your room objectively, is it too small to divide or too large for a single focus?
- Fill the room with your own personal style – remember that it’s your home!
How to divide up your living room
If you have a larger space you can divide up your living room, so you use each area differently.
Cutting the space in half with a sofa allows for a clean traditional break which clearly defines the area you use for relaxing from other spaces – which you could use for a dining table. A more contemporary approach is keeping the room more open plan and, instead of a harsh break, gradually transitioning from one space to the other.
For example, you can use an ottoman to mark the dividing line between a dining and relaxing area and clarify the distinction with a rug. Each area should have its own focal point whether that is the TV, an art piece, or your dining table. These focal points are what truly divides up your space making each area feel distinct.
Top 10 Small Living Room Ideas
27th Apr, 2016
Making a small space look bigger and feel more spacious is all about optical illusion. By using clever techniques and tricks of the eye you can bring a real sense of space and openness to your living room, making it the perfect place to relax, whatever its dimensions.
Give our top ten small living room ideas a try and see just how much space you can create.
1. Lights walls
It goes without saying that dark coloured walls tend to make a room feel more enclosed and small. The opposite effect is that white or light coloured walls will naturally brighten up your living room by reflecting more light around it leading the eye to perceive more space.
2. Hang oversized mirrors
A large mirror over a fireplace or opposite a window can trick the eye into thinking that your living room is larger than it really is. Oversized mirrors allow for the maximum light reflection and add a dramatic centrepiece to the room.
3. Dual purpose design
Clever use of space is a must when trying to make your living room look bigger. Choose pieces of furniture that are dual purpose such as an ottoman than can be used as an additional seat in your living room as well as for hiding away small items that would otherwise be cluttering your surfaces. Box clever with decorative storage boxes that look smart but have a hidden use.
4. Choose the right curtains
If you prefer your living room windows bedecked with curtains then opt for a lighter colour to blend in with walls and ceiling. This will cause the eye to see a continuous block of colour giving the impression of a larger space. No window coverings at all will give the maximum feeling of space making your living room look bigger.
5. Pull furniture away from the wall
Sounds simple but this top tip works wonders. Pull your living room sofas away from the wall and see how much space you appear to have. The same applies for bookcases and tables too.
6. Use large ornaments
Remember your nan’s little living room, full of ornaments and knick-knacks? Lose the trinkets. Opt for large ornaments no smaller than a cantaloupe melon and keep them to a minimum. Leaving exposed surfaces reflects light and gives a feeling of openness in your living room.
7. Use furniture with exposed legs
In order to let as much light into and around your living room, selecting sofas and other furniture pieces with exposed and raised legs will let light circulate accentuating the natural space available.
8. Remove clutter
With clever solutions available like ottomans and console tables, and your trinkets cut down to a minimum, there should be no excuse for clutter. Clutter is one of the main elements that will cause your living room to look cramped and crowded instead of spacious and serene. We’ve got lots of tips on how to declutter your home to make it easy for you.
9. Colour coding
Being colour savvy is the key to making the most of the space in your living room. Keeping walls and ceilings light or white, but using slightly different shades such as apple white or nutmeg white, gives the impression of depth. With walls, trim and ceiling in slightly differing shades of the same colour, the eyes will see more space. As well as curtains in a similar colour, sofas and other furniture in light colours will extend the perception of light. Furniture that lets lights through it, such as clear Perspex console tables, are perfect.
10. Lay striped rugs
Long, long, long! This is what a striped rug in your living room will look like. Long stripes will draw the eye all the way along making it feel as though the room just goes on and on. The larger the rug the better.
Once you have perfected the art of spaciousness within your living room, check that other areas that are visible from or lead into the living room are also following the rules, this will give an overall impression of space both in and around your living room.
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