Of course, the first thing we will need to decide on is a theme and there are certainly plenty of these to consider! When it comes to planning the design of our living room we can stick to classic and traditional styles or we may opt for something that is little more contemporary. If we do decide to bring things up to date with our choice of look, then Minimalism is always a safe bet.
Even if your living room poses no spatial challenges, the small space tips below can make your dwelling even roomier! One of the oldest tricks in the book: go with a small coffee table. Below we see a square wooden piece in a room designed by John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross. Notice how the space has an open feel thanks to an absence of large furnishings in the center.
In recent years the traditional sofa design has undergone somewhat of a revolution. Designers are now seeing the humble sofa as something more than a comfy place to sit on an evening, or as a statement piece to show off in your home. It is now being classed, by some, as a work of art, whilst also being practical and comfy to sit on, as a sofa should be.
Don’t forget that clear furnishings create the illusion of space. The living room below is obviously not a small interior, but a glass coffee table enhances the open feel created by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Choose elements that are neither harsh nor extreme. If this is going to be the primary space for guests, avoid colors that are too severe or gender specific as these could alienate some of your guests. Primary colors and neutrals are always a safe bet. Lighter, brighter colors work best in when used sparingly.
One of the key elements of any garden is plenty of green, and often in multiple hues. Some people are shy about implementing this color as different shades of green seem to go in and out of style. (Think the avocado green that dominated the 1970s and the lime green of the 1980s.) However, a natural earthy green is easy to implement into the current atmosphere of your room and, so far, has translated well throughout the eras.