The living room is where we host our friends, unwind with our families, or even enjoy some solitary relaxation. Naturally, we want this space to be comfortable, stylish, and welcoming. However, designing the perfect living space can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield of do's and don'ts. Worry not, as we're here to guide you through some key points to consider and common pitfalls to avoid.
Do: Establish a Focal Point
Whether it's a fireplace, a piece of art, or even a statement sofa, every well-designed living room needs a focal point. This helps anchor the room and set the tone for the rest of the space.
Don't: Overlook Lighting
Lighting can make or break the ambiance of a room. Remember to incorporate layers of lighting – ambient, task, and accent – to achieve a warm, welcoming glow. Avoid relying solely on overhead fixtures as they can create harsh, unflattering light.
Do: Invest in Quality Over Quantity
It's better to invest in a few high-quality pieces that you love rather than filling the space with lots of cheaper items. Quality furniture not only looks better but lasts longer, providing better value in the long run. Given that most of us have limited budgets, we recommend splurging on a sofa and trying to save on other pieces, like coffee tables.
Don't: Neglect the Rule of Scale
A common design faux pas is neglecting the rule of scale. Ensure your furniture pieces are proportional to the room and to each other. An oversized sofa in a small room or a tiny coffee table amidst large furniture can throw the room off balance. A designer tip is that your coffee table should ideally be 2/3 the width of your sofa.
Do: Utilize RoomAlgo
Interior design tools like RoomAlgo can help guide your design journey for your particular space. It quickly comes up with optimal furniture arrangements, advice, links to stylish, affordable decor -- just like having a design expert at your fingertips.
Don't: Forget Your Personal Style
Lastly, while it's important to follow guidelines, don't forget to inject your personal style into the room. Your living room should reflect your personality and be a space where you love to spend time.