5 Interior Design Tips For Your Living Room
The living room of an independent house or villa can be a continuation of the general architectural style of the building. In today’s world, people have adopted several types of architectural style. Earlier, the architectural style stemmed from the climate. Just remember, hot and humid climes will require more care for original paintings and hardwood. A seaside breezy living room should be prepared for salt in breeze and if right on the beach, the fine specks of sand cannot be ruled out. An impressive living room can be created with attention to 5 interior design tips for your living room:
Space management is Important
It all begins with space management. Whatever the size or shape of the room, L-shape, rectangle, square or semi circle, the feeling of space can be created with appropriate decor. Before starting to deck up the room, take into account the doors and windows in the room. More the doors, more the space required to move around. Another important thing is amount of natural light in the room.
Attention to the Wall Colours & Wall Art
Walls of the room are one place where you can experiment a lot without worrying too much on space. Choice of colours on the wall shows the temperament of the room. Neutral and pastel shades have been around for long. But intense colours and contrast combos offer a refreshing and different aura to the room. Paintings and metal works mounted on walls are a feast to the eye. The choice and combinations should be such that it weaves a harmony in the room.
The suggestion is not that every piece should be from a similar style or geographic region. A simple way of adding a bit inexpensively is to blow up a good photo or painting and cut into three or four pieces, frame each and mount side by side on a wall. Filigrees and graffiti are also very individualistic.
Living Room Furniture that makes all the difference
The furniture in the living room should ideally be homogenous. A wide variety in the style and period of the different pieces scatters attention and gives the feeling of being in a vintage shop rather a living room. Seating arrangements hold the key. Often, people buy without thinking about the space to move about between the pieces of furniture. A chaise may be a bad idea if you have doors or French windows to balcony or lawns from the room. Chaise looks good in large rooms.
In smaller apartments, the conventional seating arrangement with 2 seater + 2 single seater or 3 seater +2 single seater sofa hold good. Cane or bamboo furniture is easy to move and may be suited for living rooms which have to double up as other rooms. The colour and finishing of the pieces are important.
Having the Perfect placement and balance of Lighting
Light plays an important part in creating the ambience of a room. While planning the lighting solutions for the living room, the natural daylight in the room has to be considered. The window decor of the room is often planned according to the natural daylight. So, the lighting solutions should be such that the ambience remains the same throughout. For living rooms that see a lot of entertaining, a combination of soft and bright light have to be used according to the need.
Hidden lights accentuate ceiling decor and architecture to complete effect. Warm lighting gives the room a warm look while cool daylight gives the same in a different style. If the room is decked up in earthy tones, warm lighting looks better. Period furniture also look better in warm hues. A lamp with luminosity adjustment is also a cheaper solution to have both kind of luminosity in the room- bright and subdued.
Attention to the Floor type and Floor decor
People tend to overlook floor decor while planning and making budgets for interior decor. The floor adds to the ambience of the room. It can be left bare or be carpeted or done up with rugs and mats. Each can be done in perfection to liven up the living room. The wooden parquet style, terracotta tiled, marble, granite or mosaic – each can be laid in appealing designs. Too much detailed design are good for larger spaces and will look cramped in smaller spaces. Today, one is spoilt for choices in rugs and mats, the markets are filled with options from the middle east, Morocco, China and the orient, Polynesian and what not.