Because this space is usually at the core of a welcoming and comfortable home, the living room decor has to be just right. This is where family members spend time together, where friends gather to chat and play board games, where one can relax and watch a movie. Not everyone has the same ideas when it comes to what function this space should fulfill and not all living rooms are the same. In fact, each one is different in its own way, featuring elements which make it special and unique.
Finding a suitable design strategy for a living room takes time. Let’s say you want your small living room to appear larger and more spacious. There are plenty of possibilities you could adopt. Using large mirrors is one of them.
Another strategy is to emphasize the height of the room. Having a living room with a double height ceiling is definitely an advantage in this case. You can further highlight that by displaying long curtains and a low hanging chandelier or pendant lamp. Arent & Pike had the right idea when designing this space.
The size and shape of the windows also counts. A living room with long windows that go almost from floor to ceiling will definitely look bright and open. To emphasize that, hang long curtains flush with the ceiling. Interior designer Marianne Tiegen took maximum advantage of the windows in this case.
In the case of a large living room, on the other hand, things are different. Everything is on a different scale here. A large sofa or sectional can be comfortably placed at the center of the room, being complemented by additional accent chairs or even by a separate lounge space with its own distinct character.
Stripes are often used to emphasize a room’s shape or to make a space appear larger or more spacious. One of the strategies is to use a striped area rug in a narrow living room in order to take advantage of its shape and layout instead of trying to conceal these elements, perceiving them as disadvantages. The team at Disc Interiors offers a great example here.
It’s common for living rooms to include staircases leading to a loft space of a different level. When the living room is large and spacious, integrating a sculptural staircase in its design is not a problem. However, when the space is small, other strategies must be found. Interior designer Lorenzo Castillo chose a compact spiral staircase for this project, a wise and practical idea.
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