Today, the living room is one of the most important rooms in the home. And along with that is one of the places in the home where some of the most serious and gross mistakes in interior design take place. Fortunately, however, whether the problem is the color and shape of the sofa, the lining or the color of the walls, or the neglect of aesthetics in favor of rigorous functionality, most of these problems and errors have fairly easy solutions.
If you think your living room can become a more welcoming space where aesthetics and functionality go hand in hand, then you are in the right place. Here we show you how to identify problems and why certain solutions do not work. We also show you how to make the necessary changes to bring interior design to the living room to a higher level.
Proportion is one of the most important things in interior design. In essence, this concept boils down to how the objects in the room relate to one another. Ideally, each component of the room varies in shape and size to keep the vision in the room visually interesting and at the same time in harmony to keep the space aesthetically pleasing.
To implement this rule, most designers use the “golden ratio”. This equation states that the arrangement of the furniture is most aesthetic when maintained in a 2: 3 ratio. Strive to follow this rule in your home design as well.
In the end, however, every rule has exceptions. It is important to use your perception to find the right proportions for you. As you tidy up your space, pay special attention to how a particular arrangement of furniture makes you feel. If you don’t like something, change it until you get the result you want.
Poor understanding of the layout of the room
We’ve all seen living rooms where all the furniture is pushed to the walls, leaving an empty and deaf space in the middle of the room. While this may initially seem like a great way to create the feeling of a larger room, it can eventually make space look like it has lost its interior balance. In addition, this error significantly limits the amount of usable space.
In this case, instead of using the walls as a guide to guide you, your goal should be to create different groups of furniture that you own. Start by choosing a focal point for a room – such as a fireplace, built-in doors, or even a large television screen – and build your layout around that point.
The design of the living room will concentrate on this core group. However, this does not mean that it should be the only one. If you have enough space to create an area that has a secondary function – such as a reading corner or a work desk – arrange these items in another group as you see fit. The most important thing is that each furniture is placed so that it fits with the others and together they create comfort and harmony.
Lack of good layering of objects and elements
As already mentioned, living rooms are one of the most used spaces in the home today. They are the place where we rest, relax after a long day and pay attention to our loved ones. However, as these rooms become more and more overcrowded, they also fall prey to prioritizing functionality over aesthetics to the extent that space eventually seems cluttered and uncomfortable. When there is no aesthetic touch in your space, a good layering of shapes and textures is the key to returning it to a better and more beautiful look. Interior design, which is both practical and beautiful, consists of a combination of the following elements:
Wallcoverings: paint in combination with wallpaper;
Flooring: wood, carpet, vinyl;
Furniture: sofa, armchairs, tables, tables;
Textiles: pillows, blankets, carpets;
Lighting: Overhead lights, table lamps and more;
Wallpaper for the wall: photographs, works of art, mirrors;
Decorative accessories: flowers, books, technology gadgets and more.
The best thing you can do is to look around the room and take into account any groups that are missing from your design. Then, over time, try to turn them on. As you add items, be sure to choose ones that come in different shapes, sizes and textures. This will create additional visual interest.
Lack of unity in the room
Sometimes the living rooms can become a collector’s atelier, home to various design elements that we have collected over the years. And this can lead to a lack of unity and harmony between the various elements in the room.
To overcome this problem, you must use colors as your secret weapon. Most items in the living room need to be in the same color palette. Even if you’re not a fan of everything in one tone, adding a few coordinating shades can help you create more harmony in the room.
Now, as we spend more and more time in our living rooms, their design becomes even more important for our personal comfort and that of the people we live with. Sometimes it only takes a few small changes to create one. However, they are something strictly individual, something that must fit your inner convictions and your sense of beauty.