Homes are where life happens – that’s why it’s not so surprising that only one room is actually called a living room. Avoid these five common living room design mistakes, and you can create a functional, beautiful space where you can enjoy all the good things in life.
1. No defined center
The living room of a house is all about creating a gathering space for socializing and relaxing. Great layouts for living spaces have a focal point – be it a fireplace, a piece of art, or a beautiful coffee table with books that serve as talking points.
Don’t be afraid to group furniture away from the walls if you have the space. Instead, create circle or square arrangements with furniture pieces facing each other.
2. Lack of side spaces
As well as the main, central space, living rooms should also fulfil side functions such as a space to study, read, or watch tv. Create smaller environments within the space that serve these purposes, such as reading nooks and TV lounge areas with cabinet furnishings and relaxed seating.
3. Lack of ambient lighting
We use our living rooms for many purposes: entertaining, relaxing, talking, and reading, so lighting should accommodate each of these activities. Instead of just going for a central source light, which is quite limiting, try experimenting to create different atmospheres – lit alcove shelves show off ornaments or books, lamps above lounge chairs are perfect for reading, and a stunning lampshade or chandelier in the center of the room acts as a focal point.
4. Dull color and furnishing combinations
Don’t go beige just to play it safe. If you’re not sure how to mix colors, use a color wheel to select contrasting colours for beautiful combinations that work, such as blue and yellow.
As one of the most public parts of any home, living rooms are great places to showcase collection pieces, art, or antiques – let your personality be reflected in your interior.
To avoid the “floating furnishings” effect of lots of small, disparate pieces, use bigger, statement pieces such as large pieces of art or rugs, which help to pull the whole space together.
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