Just like a blank page or a blank canvas, an empty room can either be an opportunity or a challenge. And when it comes to the Living Room Design & Decor, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the challenge and miss acknowledging the opportunity it creates to craft a way of life. An inevitable requisite for a room that occupies centre-stage in the design of every home, as the Living Room does, is furnishing it in a way that brings people together. Whether it is for entertaining guests, or for families to come together after a long day, to relax after a long workweek or to sit and enjoy a television program together, a room that garners that sort of an inclusive ambience seems no doubt like a tall order. Yet it is important to understand, that any Living Room regardless of its size or grandeur quotient can achieve just that.
An equal marriage of functional diligence and aesthetic appeal keeps us constantly utilising the living area, bringing together families and friends, over the newspaper or over an extravagant dinner, keeping the Living Room lived in, and just as it should be.
Here are a couple of guidelines to steer you into ideating and crafting your Living Room space:
Consider how much the room will be used (whether it will house social dos, game nights or just the family) as that would dictate the type of furnishings and the amount of seating required. If the living room functions more as a socialising space in the culture of your home, sofas should be no more than 8 ft apart to facilitate conversation. If, however, it is used mainly for lounging, the placement could be more erratic.
Identify the rooms’ focal point - the coffee table, television or even the view from the balcony- and orient the furniture accordingly. If you plan on watching television in the living room, the ideal distance between the television set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore if you have a 32 inch set, your settee should be 96 inches away, for comfortable viewing.
When it comes to the statement Piece, size does matter. Ideally every living room should have one relatively larger piece of furniture that draws attention to itself by virtue of its design, and the space it occupies giving it prime importance in the hierarchy of furnishing. This could be anything from an Elegant Palladian Sofa set or an Eclectic, Teak Bookcase.
Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms, whereas eclectic arrangements make the setting a lot more casual.
Lighting can play a huge role in setting the ambient environment that inspires communal interactions
The Flow of Traffic through the room is an important factor for its optimum functioning. Don’t block the path between doorways with any large furniture if you can help it. Try to direct the movement of people around the furniture rather than through the middle. If the easiest route from doorway to doorway is through the middle of the room, consider creating two small seating areas instead of one large one.
Furniture can be used to create conversation areas. If the room is a bit large, a couple of different conversation areas could be fashioned. Ideally the furniture should not all be stacked against the walls; settees closer together enable a more intimate setting for a coffee table get-together. Do not be afraid to experiment with ideas.
Varying the sizes of furniture across the room allows the eye to rove and be engaged by the multiplicity of the space. Balancing a large/tall item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or even using art to replicate the scale) can lighten up a dull monotonic room.
Combine straight and curved lines for contrast. If the furniture is modern and linear, throw in a round table/cushions for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular piece. Similarly pair solids with voids; combine a leggy metal chair with a solid side table or vice-versa.
If you’ve always wanted a Library, to make a Family Photo-montage, or grow indoor plants, you shouldn’t have to look for an out-of-the-way corner or room to house those. Instead let them take pride of place in your Living Room. After all, it’s only befitting that the Living Room represent who you are.
by Kapil Agarwal
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