The liv­ing area

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

The liv­ing area is the only room in a house where the whole fam­ily con­gre­gates to­gether so it should be as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble for those spe­cial times. It’s the place where fam­ily play a board game on a Satur­day af­ter­noon or gather to watch a favoured pro­gramme or per­haps a DVD, where chil­dren cre­ate mas­ter­pieces with their colour­ing-in books and par­ents re­lax and en­joy a lit­tle down time.

With so many re­quire­ments rest­ing on its de­sign, the liv­ing area is an im­por­tant piece of the dy­namic, in the make up of your home. Time, ef­fort and of­ten a lit­tle ex­tra money needs to be put into cre­at­ing a space that of­fers all the right el­e­ments re­quired of you and your fam­ily. Whether it be a cosy re­treat with an open fire­place or an ex­pan­sive open-plan area em­u­lat­ing an Amer­i­can ranch, sat­is­fy­ing the needs of the fam­ily liv­ing within should be first and fore­most.

In to­day’s world of new ma­chin­ery and clever ar­chi­tec­ture, there is cer­tainly a lot that can be done to your liv­ing area. If space per­mits it, a ta­ble and chairs should be in­cor­po­rated into your liv­ing area for your fam­ily to dine to­gether. This will also pro­vide the chil­dren with a work sta­tion for their home­work that is away from the tele­vi­sion.

Your liv­ing area is the place you are most likely to host par­ties so make sure there are places avail­able to store away the chil­dren’s art­work and toys in or­der to trans­form the room into a so­phis­ti­cated space, suit­able for a soire´ e. Clev­erly cho­sen light­ing will add to the am­bi­ence of the liv­ing area, cre­at­ing an at­mo­spheric ef­fect for din­ner par­ties.

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