How to Design the Perfect Living Room

Your living room is the gateway to your interiors; it is your home’s only chance to make a great first impression to guests whenever they visit your home. It is also the room that hosts the most functions in your home: Welcoming guests, hanging out during movie nights, the place to relax after work, and the home’s reception area. For these reasons- and many more, you need amazing living room design ideas.

4 Amazing Living Room Design Ideas

1.         Create space

When buying furniture for your living room, ensure that they are small or big enough for your available space. The last thing you want is to fill up the house with furniture, leaving no space for you and your guests to move around. And, you also don’t want to leave too much space that you end up having too little seating space.

If your living room is too small, you can create a “virtual” space by painting the living room walls with light colors. Also, avoid keeping too many personal belongings in the living room as that would shrink your space. You can dedicate another room to your personal items so as to maintain minimalist living space. If you don’t use it in the living room, don’t keep it there.

small living room design idea

While at it, make sure that furniture and other items in the living room are well balanced. For example, avoid setting the furniture only in one part of the room, leaving a seemingly empty space on the other part. A good idea would be to group the furniture in the middle of the room so that there is space all around. You should also establish a reading corner, a lounge, and if you have a patio, some outdoor furniture would be a good complement to the living room design.

2.         Install a focal point

A focal point is the center of attention for anyone who comes along. Some of the things that people often gaze at in a living room are paintings, fireplace, artifacts, a mirror, medals, family photos, among others. If you have any of those, then you got your focal point already. All you need to do now is tweak the room a bit so as to accentuate your focal point’s beauty. If there is a way of beautifying it, say with additional lighting or flowers, by all means, do it. You can also make it more pronounced by placing living plants on either of its sides.

living room design idea

If you don’t have a focal point- or a budget for it for that matter, you can use the TV for that purpose. The key here is to position it in a central position where every guest will have only one option: Watching TV. To pull that off, place your couch or sofa on the opposite side of the door so that it faces outside, then the small seats positioned such that one directly faces the TV and the others face the couch, completing a U-shape.

3.         The rug

A modern, stylish living room design ought to have a good carpet to complement the living room art, colors, and décor. The carpet is not only decorative but also a key element in making your living space functional.

living room rug idea

Before you buy a carpet, first define how you want to use the living room for, the size of the room, the positioning of the heavy furniture, and everything else that would play a part in your choice of carpet. As much as possible, avoid a small carpet that would leave spaces between its edges and the furniture, exposing part of the floor.

To accentuate the beauty of your carpet, complement it with proper artificial lighting. Skylights with a high and low-level ceiling lighting, lamp lighting, track lighting, and island lights are great at lighting up the carpet so that it appears brighter and newer than it actually is.

Bottom line: The living room has to look comfortable, cozy, welcoming. A carpet will inject all these qualities in your home.

4.         Natural lighting

Sufficient natural lighting can make an average living room look stylish and functional. Install light and lacy curtains that allow as much light as possible to shine in your living room. Lamp lighting is also good lighting addition at night, as opposed to ceiling light emitting diodes (LEDs).

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