How to design and furnish the living room interior step by step? In the new article I present practical tips, inspirations and ways of original arrangement. The guide was prepared in consultation with the interior designer.
The company’s design and arrangement principles will apply to block living rooms, while others will apply to a spacious single-family house. However, there are a few universal elements that will be valid in both cases and the arrangement will be correct in terms of design.
Design of the living room interior – architect’s instructions
First of all, we have to determine what basic functions our living room is to perform. This room is unique because in addition to its entertainment function, it can be used as a bedroom, living room, home office or dining room. How to design a living room so that it is not only nice, but also functional? See the tips I received in a conversation with an interior designer.
Determine the dimensions and dimensions of the living room, i.e. the basis for a good interior design
If you are the lucky owner of larger houses, you can use up to 35 m2 for this room, but remember that the living room area must be adapted to the other rooms. It is also necessary to determine the height of the living room. Here, too, there is one principle: the larger the room, the higher it should be. Living rooms with a second storey rise in the form of a mezzanine, where you can arrange a place to sleep or work, look wonderful. If you are in the design stage, also try to determine the shape of the living room in such a way that it is compact (e.g. a square or rectangular plan) – it will be easier to arrange.
Living room/kitchen connection for design
Ideally, the living room should be located in the very centre of the house, but be careful not to have any communication with other rooms. If your kitchen is to be open to the living room, try to give both places direct access. Remember also about a good arrangement of natural lighting sources – this is what is important for a good arrangement. And light not only enlarges the interior, but can also serve as a division of the living room into several zones. It is also very important to plan all openings on the walls of the living room: doors, windows, exits to the terrace. The entire arrangement and arrangement of the room will depend on this. The exit to the terrace should not run through the centre of any zone. An interesting measure is the use of natural light to divide the zones, by placing terrace doors, e.g. between the resting and dining areas. We should also remember that the view of the garden or balcony should not be obscured by the equipment (sofas or table). This will make the room look larger.
Living room finishing: floors and walls
The living room is the place most often used by all members of the household. Therefore, it is better not to install a carpet in it, which is difficult to maintain. Wooden or wood-like floors (panels, parquets, boards) will be beautifully displayed in the living room. Choose the floor according to its level of cure. Beech, oak and ash floors are among the best. Pine or spruce floors are less durable because they are soft. You can also place ceramic or stone tiles of interesting design (made of marble, gres or granite) in the living room. However, the materials are cool, not only physically, but also visually, so consider the extent to which you care about a cozy arrangement.
Wall finish and colours in the living room
The texture and colour of the walls should be selected only after the floor has been planned for a specific type and colour. You can choose between smooth, textured or patterned walls, with interesting effects such as structural plasters or various templates. When choosing a colour, remember that colours have a huge impact on the whole arrangement and optical spaciousness of the interior. If you have a long and narrow living room, paint the wall straight from the entrance to the darker shade. When the living room is low, you can make vertical strips, for example, which visually lengthen the walls.
Do not close only on paints, wallpaper or plaster. Today, decorative wall stones, wooden or glass panels, as well as all kinds of cladding are very fashionable. I particularly like the brick on one of the walls – and it doesn’t have to be real brick, but an imitation of it.
How to arrange a living room? Principles of good arrangement
The most important part of the living room is the relaxation area. There must be a sofa or corner and a coffee table. If you want to spend more time together, let’s choose a cornea instead of a sofa. Around 50 cm should be kept between rest and the coffee table.
If you want to have a dining room in your living room, you need to calculate how much space the table will take. For each person we need about 60 cm wide and 30 cm deep. If you do not have much room for the dining room, it is advisable to choose a rectangular table instead of, for example, a round one. It is also worth to think about tables extended for special occasions.