From the place of the sofa to the choice of the floor, here are our 5 essential tips for planning and decorating a practical and friendly living room …
Setting up a living room is not always as simple as you think. Multifunction room, in the heart of the house, the living room requires a little reflection. To get off to a good start, here are some key things to keep in mind.
1. Start by placing the sofa
Main element, the sofa determines the rest of the living room layout. Most often against a wall to save space, the sofa can also be placed across the room, against a console for example, as a separation between two separate spaces (the living area and the dining area, for example example).
The orientation of the sofa is thought of according to the light entering the room and the point to which you want to pay attention (a coffee table, a nice view, a fireplace, a relaxation area, a TV. ..). Once in place, draw a lounge plan consistent with your desires.
2. Arrange the furniture according to your daily life
The living room is the center of the house. It is thought according to each of its inhabitants. When thinking about the layout of a living room, take stock of your lifestyle in this room. How many people live there? Which activities predominate? At what time of the day ? The diagram of the room must be in line with your daily life. For young children, provide a free space to play on the ground. If you have lunch or dinner in this living room, place the table as close as possible to the kitchen as well as a piece of furniture for storing the dishes next to it, etc. Also calculate the right distance between your sofa and your TV …
In a limited space, prefer a layout of the sofa facing one or two seats (armchairs, ottomans, cushions on the floor, etc.) and multifunctional furniture such as a coffee table with storage or a bookcase as a partition. If your living room is a cocoon where you like to take refuge, orient the layout towards a point of attention (a fireplace, for example) and limit the space between the different elements to a minimum (60 cm). To create a convivial living room, arrange several armchairs in front of the sofa, or even two sofas if the surface area allows, to create a space conducive to conversation. So many possibilities where traffic should not be neglected …
3. An Important Point with Lighting
From morning to evening, the living room is a room where there should be plenty of light. Before building your house, consider placing it to the south and if possible with large openings. The layout of the living room, place the sofa corner near a window to gain natural light. Prefer light colors to enlarge the feeling of space and better reflect the brightness.
The living room is also a multifunctional room par excellence: one reads, works, dines, plays, discusses … Consequently, it is advisable to multiply the sources of direct and indirect light for a pleasant living room. As a main light, the pendant lamp, a large lamp type lamp or spotlights are a good solution. Each activity can be accompanied by suitable light thanks to complementary lighting. Reading lamp next to the sofa, floor lamp near the play corner, small lamp on the fireplace … The dimmer is also an alternative, conducive to great modularity.
4. Opt for a practical floor
The living room is necessarily a place of passage. Above all, in an apartment or in a house, favor the practical side. Also take into account the characteristics of the room itself and its inhabitants. Is the fair frequented by a single person or a family? Young children? A person with reduced mobility? Pets? Tiling is renowned for its many qualities and it is now available in imitation wood, parquet style with a veining in slight relief, to bring a decorative side. Disadvantage: it is cold on the feet. Among other possibilities, PVC, parquet or natural fiber floors like sisal, are good choices. Note: clear floors are more messy and require more maintenance.
5. Create a personalized and cozy space
Beyond the practical side, the living room is also a pleasant space to live in, in which one must feel good. The layout of this room is to work according to your personality. Before you start, list the colors and materials you like. Note the seats in which you like to revel (at friends, in a cafe …) and go for a walk in the exhibition spaces of furniture brands, you will find tracks to follow. Multiply the cushions on the sofa, they create a cocoon atmosphere. Then personalize your living room by dressing the walls as you wish. Photos, paintings, posters … are all elements that define the character of the room. Also opt for recycling and flea markets to furnish yourself. You will find there many treasures to keep intact or to retype to stick as close to your personality.