The living room is where most people spend a majority of their time, hence the reason why there is so much emphasis placed on getting it to look and function at its best. Once the main aspects have been considered, it is time to think about those special finishing touches to complete the homely look and feel. Here is a guide.
Installing a Fireplace
Fireplaces in London are all the rage at the moment, and countless countries and cities from around the globe are urged to follow suit. While many home owners may steer clear of fireplaces for fear of them being too traditional looking, the great news is that they are now available in a number of stunning contemporary designs.
The secret lies in selecting a fireplace with the right mantle. Black slate and shiny or matte stone designs are certain to contribute positively to a modern home, all the while adding comfort to the living room,particularly during the cold winter months.
Choosing an Accent Color
Another big trend within the global interior design industry is using a single color theme to bring every room of the house together and to make the overall atmosphere more cohesive. Before, the focus was on going over and above to make every single room unique with its own stand-out personality but, these days, home owners are encouraged to choose one or two accent colors and to carry them subtly through the expanse of their home.
For example, if one were to opt for lime green and sunshine yellow, they could incorporate these shades in the kitchen with the help of table runners and plates, and in the living room, with the help of a painting or a few plush throw pillows.
Add Natural Textures
Another way in which home owners can bring their living room to life is by making an effort to add different natural textures throughout the room. For example, this could involve hanging bamboo blinds and placing fresh flowers on the coffee table. Soft, fluffy woolen area rugs are also certain to be a winner.
While the goal is indeed to beautify it, the living room should also be a deeply personal space that perfectly embodies the specific family residing in the house. Personalization may take place by filling the room with loving family pictures or hanging a massive family portrait on the wall. A great idea is to have favorite images printed onto canvas and to create a quirky canvas wall art piece that attracts attention the moment anybody enters the room. Families with younger kids could also consider creating an ‘art wall’ where they hang their children’s latest artistic masterpieces, giving them pride of place for guests to see and admire.
Ultimately, the goal should be to boost the aesthetic potential of the living room without removing its functional appeal in the process. After all, a living room is where a family spends time, bonds, and unwinds, so functionality and comfort should always remain the top priorities.