Living Room Design: 5000+ images and 20+ articles

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living room design PAVILIONS8The living room is that space in the entire home, which projects the style and ambience or the character of the home; as such it may be called the face of the home. Proper planning will ensure that the ‘face’ of your home is beautiful and welcoming.

These are the 10 things to consider while designing a living room.

First and foremost – look at the plan. The size and shape of the room, its relation to the adjoining spaces, fenestrations and their positioning etc should be considered. Assess the need for any changes in the basic plan and if necessary get professional help to re-work the plan. According to the plan, decide on the look – the style or theme if any, for the design.

Once the look/style has been decided, scout for ideas that will enable you to put together the design and décor. Unless you are pretty clear in the head about what exactly you want; look for inspiration by going through design books/magazines, turn to others for ideas or surf the net.

living room design ARCHAANA19The next thing to consider in living room design is the flooring. What type of flooring do you prefer? Do you prefer classic wooden flooring or are you enthralled by the glamour of marble? Laminates, granite, concrete, tiles….there are many options to choose from. Make sure the flooring you choose complements the style of the room.

Ample consideration should be given to the walls and ceiling, while designing a living room. Walls are no longer features that enclose a space and hold up the roof – they make powerful design statements and will add to the overall ambience of the living room. Paint, wall paper, texture – there are various options to beautify the walls. A stunning feature wall enhances the style of the room – here again there are various options. The colours and patterns for the walls should be chosen, keeping in mind the size of the room, the style and also the rest of the décor. Remember – you wouldn’t want to use something on your ‘face’ that mars its beauty! Ceiling design also has the power to enhance the beauty of the space. False ceiling in many designs, many types of wooden ceilings, tray ceilings enhanced by lighting, designs with plaster of Paris on ceilings, glass ceilings and many types of embellished ceilings that make stunning design elements are there to choose from.

living room furniture design sandeep-goi-05Furniture is a very important element to consider in living room design. Think about the grouping and placement of furniture. Think about the spacing and also the path of traffic. The style of furniture should go with the overall design and the size and number of pieces should be chosen with care so as to avoid a cluttered look. You can mix and match the pieces, provided the look is pleasing and aesthetic.

The next point to consider is the soft furnishings – curtains, upholstery of furniture etc. Choose the colours and designs wisely, pair contrasts in colours and designs if you feel that the space and the style can pull it off with élan.

An extremely important point to consider in living room design is lighting – it can actually make or break the design! Ambient lighting, spot or focal lighting as well as decorative lighting in the form of pendants, chandeliers, wall scones, lamps – both table and floor and concealed lights in the ceiling and within cabinets etc can catapult the beauty of the living room to a higher level.

Artworks, artefacts like curios, statues etc, rugs – all these add to the beauty of the living room and should be picked with care.

Additional features like fireplace (real or faux) add to the ambience of the living room. A designer fireplace makes a spectacular feature and is a good addition to the living room.

Another point to consider, which many overlook, is to bring in some nature. Potted plants and flower arrangements instantly beautifies the place and is a valuable addition to the living room.

If all these points are given enough consideration and you tackle the project in a methodical manner, you will be rewarded with a beautiful and satisfying living room design.

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