A living room is basically a room in the house that is meant for relaxation and socialization. If the room is just before the main entrance of the house, it is also called the front room. A living room is the spirit of the house and the environment of the living room reflects the personality and mentality of the house owner.
With a large number of things one desires to put in the living room, the room may look cramped and messy if not properly designed. Hence, proper planning regarding the colours of the living room walls, furniture choices, etc. is essential to make the living room look spacious and create a welcoming ambience for the guests as well as the inner residents.
The colour of the living room walls determines the basic look of the room as a whole. For example, a living room designed with white walls, with curtains and furniture in various shades of grey and white gives a sense of sophistication and adds an extra dimension to the room, making the room look more spacious.
Addition of bright natural colours to the living room such as yellow, light green, orange gives the room a natural, airy atmosphere. Again a combination of dark colours like charcoal coloured walls, combined with accessories of a dark rich texture and dark grey furniture may make the living room look like a dreamland, beyond the conventional living room ideas.
To make a small living room look more spacious, placing a large mirror on the mantelpiece, using high shine and polished furniture with fitted mirrors makes the light reflect across the room. To create a mix and match of patterns such as florals, trellis, ikats, etc. the major trick is to choose a proper set of big solid colours such as red, green, blue, etc. A collection of architecture combined with open-weave coffee table and rattan, cane or bamboo furniture with their proper positioning may add a unique ancient and nostalgic feeling to the room.
To emphasize the height of the ceiling in the living room, the trick is to have long, lower furniture shapes and floor-length long curtains. A major component of the living room is the sofa; hence an appropriate selection of the size, design and colour of the sofa with its proper positioning in the living room can enhance the living room environment as a whole.
If the room is small, then instead of a long sofa, it is a better option to replace it with armchairs, combined with a multi-functional firm padded footstool or replacement of a sofa with a snuggler near the window may help in saving a lot of space.
The last most important thing is the flooring of the living room. Having white floorboards or polished wood flooring designs or light coloured tiles with green carpets near the sofa space may add light to the living room.
Another modern living room idea is a split level living room design, which helps in the sectioning of the living room into separate unique spaces, each designed for its own purpose. For example, space may be divided using a long sofa and dining chairs to separate the dining space from the space meant for family conversations and relaxation. Also, space may be created for office work if needed.
Overall, a combination of proper colours and designs with appropriate accessories may make the living room the inner heart of the house.