The living room can be quite challenging, and also the space in the home that seems to change most often. It's just hard to "get it right". Too much furniture, too little, too close together, to spread out, too much color, too little color, these are all questions we've asked ourselves when designing our own living room.
It simply takes time, lots of rearranging, and certainly inspiration.
Preserving as much natural light as possible is key to making your living room feel both airy and cozy. On rainy days, let the gloomy light in, and turn up the fireplace or candlelight. On the sunny days let the bright light take over, feeding your houseplants. Remember to keep your windows clear of furniture if possible.
Lighting is crucial, it changes the feel of your living room, and adding ambient lighting for gloomy days or the evenings will add an element of coziness that no overhead light could offer. Lamps are the easiest way to adjust the lighting in your living room.
Couches and coffee tables seem to make the loudest statements in a living room. An oversized coffee table can showcase your favorite design books, artifacts, and photo albums.
If you can't seem to get the entire layout of your living room figured out, focus on the items you have on the coffee table.
Choosing the right couch for your space is overwhelming no matter your style preference. From modern, to traditional, to contemporary furniture, there are endless options. Focus less on your style label, and more on your taste, and how you feel when shopping. If you already have a couch that is functional, but not loved, fill it up with beautiful textiles.
Any couch can be made to look lovely with the right textures.
Flooring, textured panels, and built-ins are all features that should be considered when choosing a layout. The elements that add the most character to your living room should be on display. If you have a vintage stained glass window, arrange the furniture around it. A fireplace is always a lovely focal point, and a paneled wall is perfect for a photo gallery.
Engage the natural character of your space.
The living room is a wonderful place to showcase your album collection. If you have collections, consider how they can be on display and stored, and equally functional. A feature wall or gallery wall is a beautiful way to showcase a collection of artwork.
Collections share intimately, and share more than store-bought decor. Guests, friends, and family will learn more about you through what you choose to display in your living room. If you're a reserved or private person this may be a great way to share more about who you are.
A well-layered living room offers the most comfort.
If you're looking to truly capture the essence of "hygge" in your living space you'll want to add rugs, throw pillows and throws. Various plants, flowers, and natural textures from wicker to wood are also lovely in a living room.
Remember, it's called a "living room", where people gather together and "live life". Conversations with coffee are shared in this cozy space. Mommies and babies snuggle up together for a good movie, and pups take their naps on the rug.
Focusing less on the layout and technicalities and more on the "feel" will certainly give you a beautiful space.
*This is a collaborative post.