The living room is often the most used room in a house and as such, the design of it must be to your taste as well as being practical for your circumstances; for example, not having lots of expensive breakable ornaments on the fire hearth if you have young children running around. The lounge is also associated with and often linked to the dining room if you have one, therefore in terms of design it is a good idea to keep them similar to create a flow through the home.
The main focal points in a living room are the fireplace and furniture including sofas and perhaps a coffee table. One of the biggest mistakes that individuals make when furnishing their living rooms is buying furniture that is too big for the room; this makes the living space look much smaller and is impractical to navigate.
The styling of the lounge is completely a personal choice, however, here are a few generic pointers to help you along the way:
- Do not over-fill the room with furniture or a large television
- Introduce Colour – this can be done by creating a feature wall, introducing a bright sofa, or simply by adding colourful finishing touches such as cushions, throws, rugs, curtains, ornaments etc.
- Pictures – pictures can add interest and colour to an otherwise bland room; they can also add a sense of personalisation if they are family photographs, making it more homely
The main thing to consider when decorating a living room is personalisation; if it feels right to you then it is right.