The living room is a place in the house where you’re meant to be able to relax on your own, with your family or be able to entertain your guests in comfort. As such it is important to get the interior design right. There are a number of helpful tips below which can help you with your interior design living room task and help you achieve the living room you’ve always dreamed of.
1. Great lighting
So many people forget to think about the lighting in their living room but it is essential you don’t let this slip from your ‘to do’ list. Lighting can make all the difference between a chilled out, warm and relaxed ambiance to a cold, uninviting environment.
When planning your lighting, make sure you consider the height of your lights. For instance, hanging any of your lampshades too high up will be sure to ruin the atmosphere, whilst placing them too low may well cause problems with actually seeing the other people in the room. It’s also a really good idea to install a dimmer switch, so then you can adjust the lighting according to the current ‘mood’ of the room.
Be aware of how the colour of your lampshade may affect the lighting in the room, for instance a darker shade will make the light darker, whilst a lighter shade will obviously make it lighter and brighter. Ideally, you want a lampshade somewhere in the middle, i.e. light brown, orange etc., as these colours will result in a warm light being emitted into the room.
2. Don’t let your TV dominate your living room
These days it is common to see TVs that are almost the size of the wall they are mounted on. There is no harm in buying the biggest TV you can afford, however, if it’s taking up nearly an entire wall, the TV is more than likely to be much too large for your living room. This is especially true if the TV is on a cabinet or unit. The dominating effect of a wall-mounted TV is slightly less but you should still be cautious.
To ensure you buy the most ideally sized TV for your living room, make sure you measure all the relevant distances in the room before buying the TV. The best way to do this is to measure the distance between where your main sofa is placed and where the TV is going to be positioned. Once you have this measurement (make sure it’s in inches), divide it by 2.5 and then you’ll have a number (also in inches) and this should be the size of your TV. Simple.
3. Be sure to plan out your living room space thoroughly
When it comes to buying furniture for a living room, people can often get carried away. For example, they try to fit as many seats in it as possible so they can ensure the 15 people that visit once every couple of months have somewhere to sit. Try not to do this. Think logically, if there are only two of you, you don’t need four, three-seater sofas and an armchair.
Next, you should always try to make sure there is at least a gap of 50cm between your coffee tables and your sofas or any other furniture. Nothing should be touching, as not only does this make everything looked cramped but it can also have a detrimental effect on your furniture too.
Try to take the time to measure everything out in your living room before you go out and spend a ton of money on furniture and furnishings. You can even go as far to mark out where you plan to put everything and this will help you to see if you really do have the space to fit in everything you want.
4. Take time when choosing your paint
The colour of your living room is really important. The living room is the heart of a home (after the kitchen some might say), so it needs to feel welcoming, cosy and comforting. Therefore the right amount of time needs to be taken to ensure you choose the correct colour. Never be rushed into choosing colours for your living room and don’t be afraid of taking various paint samples home from your local DIY store, as this will help you find the perfect colours.
It’s a really good idea to paint the samples onto the different walls in the room and then watch to see how they develop over the course of the day. Natural light and the light from your bulbs can change the way certain colours look, so make sure you take this into account. Once you’ve found the colours you like, it is then time to start accessorising and developing a colour scheme.
5. Embrace mirrors and hang them correctly
Every living room should have at least one mirror but no more than 5, unless the living room is of an abnormally huge size. The ideal placement height for mirrors is approximately 1.5 metres from the floor and this is because that height is the height of an average person’s eye line.
When placing mirrors, you should also take into account any furniture you place below should have a large enough gap between it and the bottom of the mirror. Try and aim for around 20cm minimum and this should be more than enough. Mirrors are also particularly useful when trying to make rooms look larger than they really are and look especially stylish and elegant when positioned over a fireplace.
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Laura writes for Jaga Home Heating. When not writing, she can often be found rearranging absolutely everything in her living room.