"The living room should be a place where we feel totally at ease - temple of the soul."
― Terence Conran
― Terence Conran
Known as the lounge room or, simply, the living room, it is the place where you can both entertain guests as well as unwind with your family. Generally forming the main entrance of the house that leads to the outdoors, the sitting room performs multiple functions.
A house reflects the personality and taste of the owner, and the living room becomes the center of a good first impression. A lot depends on how you do up your living space that is easily accessible. To make it radiate warmth, a living room ought to have a few essentials including comfortable seating, useful bits of furniture, and the right lighting arrangements. Here's what makes a living room complete.
Sofas and Love Seats
Love seats, accent chairs, settees, and couches form an integral part of living room furniture that helps set the tone and style of the room. A sofa complemented with a couple of accent chairs is sure to give your home a sophisticated look. You can experiment with different seating arrangements to create a unique identity for your room.
Every lounge room ought to have a coffee table on which guests can lay down their drinks. Irrelevant of a formal or informal setting, a center table becomes the hub of all entertaining activities. Besides, a coffee table can also be used to hold your cherished books and magazines.
Another essential piece of furniture is a corner table. A narrow and taller version of the coffee table, it can be used to place photo frames and flower vases to enhance the look of the room. Besides visually connecting two pieces of furniture, it also serves the purpose of an additional storage space in the living room.
TV Cabinets and Wall Units
TV stands and storage cabinets definitely top the list of must-haves for a living room. It not only enhances the look of the room, but also provides you with an opportunity to entertain your guests. Depending on the space you have, you can place wine, liquor, and display cabinets to fill up the living space.
Lamps and Chandeliers
Table lamps, chandeliers, and wall-mounted lamps are a must to complete a living space. Playing with the lighting does more than just giving the room vibrancy and light. If space is a problem, opt for chandeliers and embedded lighting to set the mood right.
The easiest and trendiest way of remodeling your living space is by adding a rug. It can be used to define or separate areas, or add focus to a drab room. Apart from adding warmth to the room, it also acts as an anti-slip surface, especially when the floor is tiled. Besides, it can be used to visually quieten a room, and it is also acts as a connector that joins two spaces together.
Blinds and/or Curtains
While a living room ought to be well-lit and airy, there are times when you simply need to cozy up on your sofa. For such times and for the times you wish to cut yourself out from public gaze, there are blinds and curtains. Apart from lending warmth to the room, curtains and blinds make a house a home.
Pillows and Throws
When it boils down to comfort, all one can think of are pillows and cushions. Colorful pillows used in contrast with a plain sofa add color and vibrancy to a room. The number of pillows determines just how inviting and comfortable is the living room. Placing throws on the side table or on a rack nearby is sure to keep you warm while you are curled up on the sofa reading your favorite book or catching up on the latest movies.
Paintings and/or Portraits
What do you want your living room wall to say about you? Hanging paintings, portraits, or photographs of loved ones reveals a lot about your personality and taste. Remember to keep it simple; do not go overboard with paintings and photographs arranged all over the place such that it will make the room messy.
A potted plant sitting in a corner is sure to breathe life into your living room. It also keeps negative energy at bay and eases you when stressed. Bringing the outdoors inside also helps turn a lifeless room into one that radiates warmth.
Flowers and Dry Decoration
If you cannot place plants or flowering pots inside, make do with fresh or artificial flowers. Place a vase on the coffee table or side table filled with artistically done bouquets, or simply group flowers from your garden. You can paint dry and twisted twigs and shoots, and use them to decorate your living room.
Apart from these bits of furniture and furnishings are entertainment systems, TV and music players, that make the living room complete. You can place your antique or art collection to enhance the look of the room as well.