It's the hub of the home: a place to relax, entertain, and possibly a study or dining area too, so it's important to have a living room that works for you. When it comes to designing and decorating your living room it's about form and function, a room that shows off your personal style, but one that is practical and versatile, so here are our top living room ideas for creating a room you'll love.
When considering layout, firstly it's important to think about how you want to use the room. Is it largely for entertaining and occasionally for relaxing with a good book? Is it somewhere you want the family to congregate that's sociable and open, or a room where each family member can have their own space - one working in the corner, one watching TV, for instance?
Divide and Conquer For a truly versatile family room it helps to section the space into zones; this can be done using furniture - how you position the sofa for instance, or using low level storage or a bookcase. Alternatively, try using colour to delineate.
The free 3D room planner on mydeco is great for playing around with some options.
Create a Focal Point If you're lucky, your living room may already have a gorgeous feature fireplace or natural focus but, if not, create one. The room will work best centred around it. Position a coffee table, show off a piece of art work or cover one wall with a feature wallpaper panel. Our favourites feature papers at the moment are:
Dealing with small spaces
- Keep a small amount of distance between furniture and the wall, which creates the illusion of space.
- Avoid clutter with good storage solutions, a messy space will appear smaller.
- Painting the ceiling a different colour to the walls will give the illusion of added height.
- Keep things off the floor. A wall mounted TV and built in bookcases will keep things streamlined.
Make the room work for you by choosing appropriate storage solutions. Can't find what you're looking for? Consider finding a bespoke furniture maker. Bookcases can also double as a place to display objets d'art - we love this bespoke coffee table book bookcase - but consider closed storage options too.
Don't forget the storage solution can also become a feature in the room, like this striking wall-to-wall bookcase.
Consider colour Repeating colours throughout a room can create a stronger design, especially if you have an eclectic mix of furnishings. Do you want a muted aesthetic or bold design? It's a myth that a small space can't carry colour, so be bold - bright green or bold lavender, anyone?
Mix and match Combine contemporary and modern furniture and accessories for a cool, contemporary style. Our favourite places for unique vintage finds are:
Consider lighting Combine wall-fitted lights with floor and table lamps and, if you can, go for dimmer switches - they're fantastic for adding a little atmosphere when entertaining. Of course, it's not just about practicality. Your choice of lighting will inevitably affect the overall aesthetic, so you want the right bulbs and the right shades.
Accessorise Of course, it's the finishing touches that make all the difference - objects d'art, cool cushions, throws, and interesting wall art. Rugs and cushions are the easiest way to follow trends as they can easily be replaced.
Some of our favourite shops for furniture & accessories are: