Here are 6 ways you can have a purposeful living room design, and make the room look warm and inviting.
Designing your living room may seem a very challenging task.
However, you know it is also a very rewarding task, as it will give you a great space that you can entertain family and friends in.
To help you do the design, here are some living room design tips for you.
Does living room decor really matter that much?
Watching TV shows. Having family time together. Entertaining guests.
Those are just some of the things we do in our living rooms.
In other words, the living room is one of the most important rooms in our house.
From the practical design point of view the living room is often the first room that we, as interior designers in Bangladesh, are asked about – what is our opinion on the design?
That’s why it’s so important for you to go through this blog post. It will not make you a living room design expert immediately, but it will give you a good idea of what you need to accomplish through your living room design.
Fix a focal point
First things first: What is a focal point?
The focal point of a room is the point or area of the room that people just walking into the room see first.
And a good focal point is an essential feature of living room design.
If there is no natural focal point in your living room, create one by adding a mirror or a striking table, and so on.
With the focal point established, you need to decorate the living room using it as a reference. Pay attention to the vibe created around the focal point and make sure the design feels cohesive around it.
Contrast neutral colours
Including a diverse variety of contrasting neutral colours in your living room colour scheme will make the room look warmly welcoming. This is because the contrast highlights the geometry, finish, and undertone of different things in the room.
The idea is to make the room colours feel rich before factors like texture are added to the living room decor.
For example, if you have white walls, brass coloured hardware, caramel shade upholstery, and grey cabinets and shelves will contrast well against it.
Go for the right furniture
Whether you’re decorating a new living room from the ground up, or you’re revamping your existing living room that you have lived in for years to make it more exciting and inviting, it is very important that you plan your furniture requirements carefully.
If you’re designing a new space, list out the furniture that you need and then try to visualise it across the room to see if it works.
If you’re remodelling an existing living room, make a list of every single piece of furniture in the room, and make an honest assessment of whether you really need every single one of them.
If you find that you’re holding on to furniture originally bought and placed in the living room years ago, and that furniture isn’t working any more, it may be time to replace that/those pieces of furniture.
Design for a combination of light and dark
You may think all-white and all-dark to be perfect choices for living room decor.
All-white, as it looks welcoming, and all-dark is considered by many to be a classic fashion statement.
Here’s the issue with all-white and all-dark.
All-white simply looks unnaturally clean, almost sterile. People may not feel comfortable in it.
All-dark simply is odd.
Mixing the colours gives your living room depth and balance.
Any living room design will benefit from a combination of a little white and a little dark.
Be careful when you plan your colour palette
The colour palette (colour scheme) is a key design element of living room decoration, and deserves all the attention you can give it.
Whether you are going for a monochrome palette (that is, mostly a single colour with a few variations) or a combination, the palette is what your aesthetic is based on.
For example, you can start with a base of black and white you can add some mustard yellow and some forest green to add variety while maintaining a harmonious look.
Keeping your colour combination in mind as you design your living room will go a long way towards getting a clean and purposeful look.
Experiment with texture
Texture is an element of interior design that many of us overlook as it’s something we feel, instead of seeing. However, the importance of texture in getting a good room design cannot be overstated.
Especially in a living room, as it needs to feel cosy.
As a general principle, go for soft textures to appeal to touch while harder textures add variety.
You have a lot of choices to check out: plants, cotton, wool, leather, glass, stone, metal.
Discussing living room design with your chosen interior designer
There are many things you will want to discuss with your interior designer when you consult with them on your living room decor project.
And they will be unique to your home and style preferences.
That being said, here are some things that you absolutely MUST discuss with the designer before they finalise their design plan for your living room.
- What your particular design style is.
- What is the main purpose of your living room.
- There can be many objectives – having a space for the entire family to enjoy, entertaining guests, having parties and so on. Which one is yours?
- What kind of budget do you need the design to be done within.
- Whether there is anything that the designer should avoid.