It is still the center of the house, and the most visible place; the space for family reunion, rest, communication. Discover the best practical solutions to decorate the living room and thus gain light, spaciousness and comfort from a perfect decoration.
The sofa: beginning and end
In the living room, everything begins and everything ends on the sofa. It is the central piece of furniture both for its volume and for its functionality and also a totem in terms of decoration. But it can be the biggest hindrance. To prevent it from becoming a problem, space requirements should be put before choosing a specific model, if it does not fit perfectly.
The upholstery must be in line with the color of the wall to “consume” less visual space and generate an order that articulates the rest of the decoration of the room. Ornamental elements and accessories can be raised in the complementary color, to enhance the nuances.
Sofa against wall
Placing the sofa against the wall is always a good idea to avoid flows behind the backrest that can generate a feeling of discomfort. In addition, if the room is narrow it will be the best way to get the most out of it and free up the maximum space in the central area.
Comfort and aesthetics
In armchairs and sofas, a low backrest, although it is more aesthetic, will be less comfortable to sit on. In terms of hardness it is similar. The stiffer foam or pocket springs are recommended to sit down, while the soft down ones are an ideal solution for lying down.
Cushions are the best ally of white walls. They give quality to the decoration and warmth to the space. The reddish ones will heat up the environment, but if we use them reversible we can change the “temperature” just by turning them.
The windows are the natural entrance of light, which when filtered in addition to illuminating decorates. Translucent curtains, together with dense fabrics, allow you to play with light and shadow and achieve incredible effects.
If we need to divide the space, using a half-height storage module as a separating element is the option that will allow you to save space, by providing functionality to the dividing line, while generating enough permeability to give continuity.
If you have a fireplace, this should be the center of the room. However, giving it prominence does not imply placing all the furniture in front of it, but taking the fireplace as a point of reference from which to articulate the rest of the elements in the form of an arc, a circle or a rectangle.
You don’t just live off white
White is the color of amplitude, but ocher and earth also have the property of multiplying meters. They also add visual comfort, harmony and a decorative plus by changing according to the intensity of the light they receive, acquiring greenish or bluish tones.
Paints can be a source of emissions of substances that are harmful to health that we can easily avoid. The healthiest formulations that can be found on the market are the basesilicate clay paints. These are the only ones suitable for all types of allergies and asthma.
Game of reflexes
As we said, white is the color that reflects the light the most – up to 80% – but there is another tone that follows closely: yellow, along with beige and sand. Combine these four colors when decorating your living room and you will get a brighter space. Follow this pattern: space in sand and white sofas that gain shine with beige and yellow, linen and velvet cushions. A warm set of tones reminiscent of sunlight.
If the dining room is integrated next to the living room, if there is a natural lighting gradient, it is recommended to place the sofa and the rest or audiovisual area in the dim area; and in the most illuminated one, the dining table, which naturalizes the act of eating.
Giving a touch of life to the decoration with plants, in addition to natural beauty, adds freshness to the environment, and if you select them carefully you will be able to purify the indoor air. For example, ivy is antiallergenic and pothios or ferns absorb toxins.
Television should never condition the organization and decoration of the entire room. Preventing it from being the center does not mean that it should be hidden, but it also does not mean that it should be on a pedestal. Taking advantage of the pivoting capabilities of most displays is the key to expanding your positioning options.
Sofa and walls in neutral tones
If we propose, at least, the sofa and the walls in neutral tones, we will have very easy to release a new living room every so often, with very little effort and at a minimum cost. By simply changing the fabrics, such as cushions, curtains and plaid, we can achieve a surprising general face lift.
The corners between columns, beams or under stairs are dead zones that, with a little attention, you can make very lively. The custom storage furniture made of plasterboard is the most efficient and economical solution to get the most out of the decoration of the living room.
Taking advantage of small spaces is just as important as not wasting large ones. For this, generating different zones with their specific functions is the key. To be integrated, a decorative style is necessary that provides continuity while clearly differentiating each environment.
In & Out
If the living room opens onto a terrace or patio, you can make the most of it by communicating the interior and exterior with an enclosure that allows them to be joined, and thus, in good weather, the living room will double its surface. By using a reverberation of materials inside-outside the necessary continuity will be generated.
For sober decorations, paintings and photos will give the personality touch that every living room needs. For large sizes, one possibility is to support them directly on the ground; this way we will avoid drilling into walls while we can explore new aesthetic solutions.
To see you better
Although having a general light is recommended, the most interesting thing is to generate a network of spotlights and support luminaires, at least on functional areas such as tables or sofas, which allow modulating the intensity.