It is a com­mon con­cep­tion that the kitchen is the hub of the home, but, just like the kitchen, a liv­ing area is a favourite place for fam­i­lies and cou­ples to spend time to­gether.

Homes+ (Australia) - - INSPIRING CHOICES - Kar­lie Verk­erk Fea­tures Writer and Sube­d­i­tor, Real Liv­ing

Whether you’re re­lax­ing and watch­ing a movie, play­ing board games or sim­ply hav­ing a good chit chat, it’s im­por­tant for the liv­ing area to be com­fort­able and cosy while also be­ing ver­sa­tile and func­tional. Be­fore a room can be dec­o­rated and fur­nished, it must have a suit­able base. For the floors, take into ac­count the style and era of your home, your bud­get, and the amount of wear and tear it will need to with­stand be­fore choos­ing the ma­te­rial. The liv­ing room is a high-traf­fic area, and will there­fore need a hard­wear­ing floor – tim­ber, bam­boo, lux­ury vinyl or twist car­pet would best suit this room as they’re time­less de­signs that are easy to clean. When it comes to choos­ing fur­ni­ture, firstly con­sider the size and shape of the room and how you can make the most of the space. If your liv­ing area is smaller, fur­ni­ture with sim­ple, sleek lines will help to vis­ually en­large the room, while bulkier pieces will work bet­ter in a larger space. An­other im­por­tant thing to con­sider is who uses the room, for ex­am­ple if you have young chil­dren or pets, choose solid fur­ni­ture in darker colours as it will show less de­te­ri­o­ra­tion over time. If open-plan liv­ing is your style, you can cre­ate def­i­ni­tion with rugs – they work to “zone” the liv­ing area, vis­ually de­mar­cat­ing it from the rest of the home. Rugs are also a great way to add a hit of pat­tern and colour to your space, and they work well on both hard floors and car­pet. For a so­phis­ti­cated, mod­ern look, lay one large area rug un­der the seat­ing area, and for a fun, eclec­tic feel, layer dif­fer­ent rugs on top of each other like a patch­work quilt. To en­sure an invit­ing space, ac­ces­sorise with soft touchyfeely tex­tures in keep­ing with the sea­son. For sum­mer, stick to lighter ma­te­ri­als such as sump­tu­ous linens and bil­low­ing cur­tains in neu­tral tones. Dur­ing win­ter, heav­ier ac­ces­sories such as furry cush­ions and woollen throws in moody hues will help to cre­ate a feel­ing of warmth. If you have space, an arm­chair is a stylish and handy ad­di­tion to any liv­ing area – it can make use of an empty cor­ner near a win­dow, or sim­ply be placed next to the sofa. Pair it with a floor lamp and a few plush cush­ions and you’ve got the per­fect spot to cud­dle up and read a good book.

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