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Living Room Buying Guide

Living Room

The living room is where you can really express yourself. Its also the central part of your home. It is typically the first and only place in which you receive and entertain guests. In addition to that, the living room is where you can really get creative with implementing your own style. As opposed to your bedroom, your living room provides the space to leave a lasting impression.


Not too long ago, the living room was considered a luxury and on top of that the idea of the living room, as we know it today, did not exist. Originally, the extra room in which guests were received was a parlour in which all social gatherings took place including where the recently deceased were placed for viewing. The modern living room came about from the influence of popular decorating literature in the late 19th century.


We work, we play and we rest in our living rooms. Whether, its the latest school project or work report you are trying to finish to watching the latest programs or hosting game night, as well as, catching a quick nap on your sofa, the living room should be comfortable.

Living Room Decor

Designing your living room is a simple and fun DIY. Interior designers do great work but sometimes that is a luxury we cannot afford. Trends are fundamentally what the industry is trying to sell you. Ultimately, what appeals to you may not appeal to someone else and going against the trend to suit your tastes shouldnt make you feel bad. Essentially, designing your living room should make you feel good. With that being said, here are some fundamental ideas as groundwork for your next living room redecoration project.

Style

Style

Simply speaking, there are two basic designs to follow. Even for the untrained eye, these style designs are easily identified.


Traditional: A classic and timeless design commonly found in your grandmother’s home.


Contemporary: A modern approach in using shapes and influences in an up-to-date consideration.

Palette

Palette

There are certain design aspects to look for when deciding to decorate. You could choose to match or contrast but you may not want everything to blend in to create one massive blob nor would you want a stark juxtaposition.


Colors: It’s easier to decide on one color and work off that choice. Gradually increasing the same shade of color creates a very stimulating effect.


Scheme: It’s perfectly acceptable, since it would be your choice, to pick every color of the rainbow for decorating your living room. However, when going for a design scheme, a certain level of organization should be thought of in terms of similar color patterns or contrasting colors.

Furniture

At the heart of every living room is furniture. Usually, a nice comfortable couch is ever present. There are many furniture options available for your living room.

Sofa

Sofa or Couch

This piece of furniture typically will be able to seat two or more persons and will usually be placed in a central location in the living room.

Love Seat

Love Seat

The name is derived in the fact that this piece of furniture will seat only two persons.

Chair

Chair

Commonly, known as a living room chair, this piece of furniture provides seating for one person.

Ottoman

Ottoman

This piece of furniture is designed to rest your feet but also can be a place to sit as well.

End Table

End Table

Generally, you would find this table right next to a couch or chair to hold all sorts of items like lamps and desk clocks.

Accent Chair

Accent Chair

More prevalent nowadays, this piece of furniture came about as a way to liven the decor of a living space but also provide a place to sit.

Bookcase

Bookcase

Add personality to your living space while adding function for storing books, trophies or various knick knacks.

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

Sometimes this table is used to rest anything and everything except for coffee.


Product Ideas


Trends change all the time. Here are some popular new living room furniture looks on the market at the moment. All of these come in a series or set of furniture collections.

Coaster Roy 50455
Coaster’s Roy Sofa 504554 has a traditional appeal while providing a lot of comfort with oversized seat cushions.

Modway EEI1179ATO
Modway’s EEI-1179-ATO Engage Upholstered Loveseat in Atomic Red Color is a very visually stimulating and bold choice for your living arrangement. The color name alone demands to be taken noticed.

Klaussner CRUZEC
Klaussner’s CRUZEC Cruze Chair with Bordered Back Cushions is a contemporary but laid back approach on living room design.

Acme 82123
Acme’s 82123 Versailles Rectangular Coffee Table with Open Compartment Bottom Shelf is a traditional and elegant coffee table option for a visually impactful and dramatic decor.

Layout

When designing your living room, there has to be a rhyme and a reason otherwise it can end up being a chaotic overall design.

Space Relation

Space Relation

This might not seem obvious at first but there should be enough room to move around your furniture and enough room with your furniture away from walls and vents.

 

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Visual Aesthetic

A subjective idea in the overall look that pleases your desired taste.

SVA

Symmetry vs Asymmetry

A matter of personal preference and design choice. Symmetrical layout designs will have similar furniture or decorative pieces mirroring each other, whereas, an asymmetrical design layout would be the opposite idea.

💡 QUICK TIP - Taking correct measurements and leaving some leeway will reduce headaches.

Accessories

You’re not really living if you do not have certain accessories for decorating your living room area. Some accessories are purely for a visual appeal but there are also design pieces that provide comfort.

Lively Living Room

Lively

Streamlined Living Room

Streamlined

This can be best described as looking busy. Think of having many pillows strewn about and other visually stimulating elements in every corner.

A sleek and clean approach by reducing the overbearing nature of having too many accessories. This desired look can be achieved by having a few minimal thought out pieces in strategic focal points.

Some Practical Advice

Personality: When designing a new living room or redesigning and existing living room, it should reflect your own unique personality.


Creativity: Design should be a creative and fun process so let your imagination take over and consider some new furniture or decorative pieces you normally would not think of.