The Living room is the first room in most homes where we relax after a long day at work/school and sometimes entertain our family and friends. A piece of furniture that is synonymous with the living area is a sofa or a couch with a center table.
For the most part, design is always thought of as colours, textures, etc. But that is NOT at all how you need to look at it. Read on to know what is the right way to design your Ideal Living Room !
Designing a living room is based on many many practical factors before we decide the colour, textures, lighting and other aesthetic elements. If its a new construction you have total control over the space whereas if you are moving into a built space or rental space, you enhance the space with props and decor.
To plan an ideal Living Room here are some essential aspects to consider
First most important thing is the Duration of time per day you and/or your family spend in the room.
For example, a Small family with 2 working adults and 2 kids would mostly use their living room during the weekends. Whereas a bigger family with older people would use the living room all through the week.
Next is the Frequency of guests/visitors to your home
If you entertain lot of guests frequently it would be a good idea to have a big living area that is visually isolated from rest of the house. If you spend more time with family then a open plan including kitchen dining in the connected space would work well.
If you plan on having a TV in the living area then the Screen size of the Television is critical. The Tv screen size or your projector settings have to proportionate to the room size and how you view shows or movies on the TV.
Lately, with the various television features and options available, planning your seating at optimum distances provides best use of your TV. Many popular brands suggest halving the distance between your seating and the screen for the ideal screen size (in inches).
There are instances where a huge tv is bought but the ideal viewing distance is not achieved due to the size of the room or the positioning of the TV. And vice versa, a small TV for a huge room is also a dud.
Now while you are busy enjoying TV with your friends and family Visibility of the entrance doors and other access doors to the house from your living space is necessary, obviously for security reasons.
While spending time with guests or family members or watching TV, all of us tend to move to a different place mentally. Having direct visibility to the access doors to the house ensures security and safety.
As the room is a the core of most family and socializing activities, allowing ample ventilation and natural lighting makes the space welcoming and vibrant. This is a great for every room or for that matter any built space. A well ventilated room boosts your productivity and encourages positive energy to its inhabitants.
Once you have figured out all of the above, decide on the aesthetics! The colour theme, the lighting layout, furniture, the decor, etc has to be something that is your personal style rather than the latest trend in the market. Trends keep changing, but homes are built once and hold memories forever – so they should reflect your ideals.