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.
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.