5 design ideas to make the most of your living room

It’s very likely that in your home, the living room is where you will be spending most of your time.

For that reason, it’s a space that you need to get exactly right. You should put all your effort into designing a room that sets the tone for the entire home, and that reveals your personality through unique touches.

Interior design is all about personal preference. The decisions you make will have a huge impact on the look and feel of the room, and how you can utilise it for its different uses: from watching television to entertaining guests during a party.

There are so many different options to go with, so here are five design ideas you might want to try.

All your furniture should contain storage and be multi-purpose

Clutter just gets in the way. Having as many storage options as possible is the best way of keeping your house in order, especially if you’ve got children.

The most effective way to store belongings, while also making space for your day-to-day life, is to combine furniture and storage. The best example of this is a stool or sofa that lifts up to reveal somewhere you can keep things, such as the TV remote or magazines.

Of course, a classic mahogany bookcase will look good in any living room, so don’t rule that out. However, if space is tight, multi-use furniture might be the solution you’re looking for.

Use plants to create a relaxing ambience

House plants truly transcend interior design trends and eras, and bring a touch of relaxation into any room in the house. They look great, help purify the air and bring a piece of the outside, inside.

However, don’t clutter surfaces with your plants. Instead, a tall evergreen in the corner of the room will help make the space appear taller than it actually is. Best of all, it’ll never go out of style.

Make it personal

If you’ve got any nice belongings you want to show off, such as leather bound books or items from foreign travels, try to incorporate them elegantly into the room.

Artwork is a great way to make it personal. If you love art, get a print of your favourite piece and display it prominently, perhaps above the fireplace. Artwork can be a great talking point, whether it’s somewhere you’ve been on holiday, or if you’ve got an artistic streak, a piece you’ve created yourself.

Choose the right layout

Look to remove any obstacles by deciding on a layout that helps you utilise the size and shape of the room you have. If you don’t like the feel of your new room the first time, you can always rearrange furniture until you’re happy with it.

Without building work, there’s not much you can do about the shape of a room. Small, square rooms have a much different feel to longer ones. The temptation is to turn rectangular rooms into one that feels like a corridor, while L-shaped living rooms can often feel like two rooms instead of one.

Smaller rooms can often benefit from mirrors that make the room appear larger. When mirrors are combined with lots of light flooding into the room, you’ll be able to create the illusion of a room that’s light and airy.

Don’t let the television dominate

Britons spend an average of 24 hours watching television each week, according to catch-up service UKTVPlay. You might love watching The Great British Bake Off or The One Show, but that doesn’t mean your living room should be dwarfed by a huge TV set.

Instead, use the fireplace as the focal point. If the room is smaller, try to keep your TV set in the corner to minimise its impact, while a nicely-sized set that can be hidden away is the perfect solution if you want to maintain a classic style.

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