You have the perfect living room design in your mind. A place where you feel comfy, everything is easily accessible and really functional.
Reality: You attempt to change your living space into the picture you have in your mind by moving around furniture and wall hangings and other accessories, but it never is quite right.
In the same principle that every house requires a strong foundation, every living-room needs a well-thought-through layout in order to end up being that dream space. Even the very best, most imaginative choice of color scheme, furniture and accessories will appear lacking if the layout of the space does not work.
A Practical Living Room Design
Let’s have a look at a few actions you can take to create that unique setting that fits your lifestyle.
- Analyze the space available the ideal living room layout
To create a truly compatible space, you need to have a detailed look at your floor plan first. Because traffic flow tends to come from more than one direction, we need to discuss the entire layout. Have a closer look at: How you enter the space? Do you have more than one set of entrance points? Which parts of the space have to be accessible due to a fireplace, windows, French doors, etc.
Utilize a notepad and do a rough draft of these entrance points and obstructions and let them naturally divide the room into sections where you can organize your furniture.
- Think about the purpose of the room
With a design project it a good practice to set an objective. Choose what your focus is going to be. How will you be using your living-room space? Is it mainly for entertaining friends? Or perhaps hanging out with your family? Do you prefer to watch the latest Netflix movie or play board games? Let your purpose and your lifestyle dictate the design that will work for you and your household.
- Pick a focal point
Living spaces with a focal point are more attractive since whoever goes into those spaces knows precisely what to do and where to focus their attention. A focal point might be a fireplace, a view or an art piece.
Use color and lighting to let your visitors know that this is where you want them to look very first(great strategy for making those places that you do not want them to discover become magically less noticeable).
- Accommodate kids
If you have children or grandchildren, then don’t forget to accommodate their needs in your living room design. Specify an area such as a soft rug where they can play. This will give them a sense of ownership of part of the design. Then add furniture with storage built in where they can put away their toys at the end of the day. Drawers at the floor level will be simple to access by kids to hide toys when they are finished with them or when your friends come over for drinks in the evening.
- Make a conversational space
Is your living-room a place where friends and neighbors convene for a discussion over a coffee table? In that case, you require seating space all around. Make sure it’s close to each other so that you do not have to yell and consider turning the love seat/sofa/recliner/ottomans around the coffee table so that you can all face each other. This option doubles as a place to play board games with your family.
- Decide if you want formal or informal
When it pertains to living space there is a simple decision you need to make, which will determine your next layout options. Do you want it to have a more formal, or rather casual appearance? Here in Myrtle Beach, many homes are opting for a casual space to reflect the relaxed beach theme of the area.
If you prefer a more formal space, then consider planning a symmetrical design: double the same lamps and seats on both sides.
A less formal or beach theme can be less balanced and a free-form style can be used.
- Prevent this greatest design mistake
The greatest mistake that you can make when creating your living-room is putting your furniture around the edges of the space. The middle area then seems empty and like it’s lacking purpose. Do not hesitate to experiment and use the back of your sofa as a divider of the area.
However whatever you do about your living room design, remember to adjust the space according to your lifestyle, instead of following popular trends. Focus on what works for you and you’ll have the ability to produce that dream living-room you can see in your mind.
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