Tips for creating a family living room

Luxurious living room for large families - De Breadmaker - Shutterstock

Convivial, the lounge is a place to read, listen to music or watch TV. Its layout consists in choosing the ideal furniture by adapting their volume to the available space. The same goes for colors and lighting so that the room is practical and design.

How to decorate the living room?

To decorate and decorate the living room, here are some effective tips:

 

  • Adapt furniture to room volume

 

Useless, bulky items are not recommended. Rather, comfortable, small furniture should be chosen (such as two-seater sofas, easy chairs, a pull-out coffee table, etc.). Multifunctional furniture (enfilade, library with a corner office, etc.) also have their place depending on the room configuration. The latter can be:

 

  • square (corner arrangement with two sofas);
  • in L (living room and office or dining room);
  • in length (a perpendicular sofa is ideal).

Salon dedicated to moments of relaxation and discussions with a play area for children and storages adapted to family life - IkeaSalon dedicated to moments of relaxation and discussions with a play area for children and storages adapted to family life – Ikea

 

 Optimize traffic and lighting in the living room

To enlarge the room by optical illusion, this trick is to keep a minimum of 60 cm between the furniture and release the openings to the outside. The living room is multifunctional (to read, play, converse, watch TV, dinner, receive guests, work, etc.), it must ensure optimal visual comfort. To do this, simply install LEDs, street lights, candles or small spots in suitable locations (on the fireplace, next to the play area, near the sofa, etc.). In suspension design to serve as main light or illuminating a targeted part, these luminaires will enhance the room. Taking the atmosphere and narrowing the living room, the simple ceiling or halogen is not recommended.

Bright and uncluttered lounge with a Nordic flair, ideal to meet up with family after a long day - AimBright and uncluttered lounge with a Nordic flair, ideal to meet up with family after a long day – Aim

  • Install suitable storage

 

Practical storage (especially made to measure) make it possible to arrange the living room efficiently and give an impression of volume by exploiting the least square meter. Fixed on a wall or placed on the floor, the mirrors enlarge the living room. The same goes for furniture and decorative accessories in glass or plexiglass (chairs, coffee tables, etc.). In order to add depth to the room, multi-layered (contrast-giving) rugs are an excellent solution.

 

  • Determine the location of the sofa

 

The sofa is a key element of the show. To save space, it is advisable to position it against a wall by directing it towards the chimney, the garden, the landscape or the television, the entrance of the light in the room being taken into account.

Salon with soothing colors with sofa for parents, armchair and ottoman adapted to the size of children - WestwingSalon with soothing colors with sofa for parents, armchair and ottoman adapted to the size of children – Westwing

  • Choose the ideal soil type

 

Cold and commonplace, tiling is not recommended, unless the living room overlooks a garden. In contrast, it is recommended to opt for:

 

  • a vinyl floor or natural fiber: easy to maintain, it is economical;
  • a parquet that is warm and resistant (oiled or vitrified, it is easy to clean);
  • natural coatings such as sisal or seagrass;
  • carpet, a woolen model being easier to maintain than its synthetic variant.
  • Treat the decoration

 

To do this, simply:

 

  • dress sofas or armchairs of textiles to make them more comfortable;
  • hang paintings, posters or photos on the walls and equip the windows with light and light curtains or curtains;
  • install furniture such as a coffee table (matching the size of the sofa), a TV cabinet with a box (to accommodate the decoder, DVD player, Internet box, etc.), booster chairs (from and other sofa to plunge the living room in a contemporary atmosphere), a library (for storing books, decorative items or boxes of games).

Colorful cushioned sofa near the ground, ideal for resting and watching movies - Mekong's fianceeColorful cushioned sofa near the ground, ideal for resting and watching movies – Mekong’s fiancee

  • Prefer the light tones

 

Natural and neutral colors (such as white, gray or beige) or warm colors (red, orange, brown, etc.) give an impression of space. Unlike cold shades (purple, green, blue, etc.), they visually enhance the living room.

Practical and friendly lounge: what not to do

Place of relaxation, the lounge can welcome guests, share evenings with family or aperitifs with friends, etc. So that the room is welcoming and pleasant, here is what you should not do when it is laid out:

 

  • Install the television first

 

The living room is primarily a living room where the family usually meets. It must take into account the habits and desires of each. Once the comfort of the inhabitants assured, the television can be placed on a furniture TV or in a library (framed by shelves).

 

Find a family in a living room with an ethnic atmosphere with a suspended ceiling chair for children - Maisons du MondeFind a family in a living room with an ethnic atmosphere with a suspended ceiling chair for children – Maisons du Monde

  • Overload the piece

 

Imposing furniture, heavy walls or decorative accessories can clutter the room and create confusion. Instead, keep only the essentials such as the sofa (preferably small), the coffee table, etc. In addition, certain elements must be taken into account during the development of the show, like the unhooked, catches, doors, windows or radiators at the risk of making their provision binding. It should also be noted beforehand the number of sockets (before installing electrical appliances and lighting) and provide an opening for windows and the door (at least 90 x 150 cm).

 

  • Opt for direct lighting

 

In order to maintain the volume of the room and to create a pleasant atmosphere, it is advisable to bet on the corner lights, the street lamps placed on the floor or the small auxiliary lamps. The yellow and white lights should be preferred while the cold and blue color fixtures are not recommended. Dimmers that can modulate the intensity of the lighting in the room.