If you’re creating a perfect living room for your family, you have a number of factors to consider before you move on from the planning stages. The room is going to have to be practical and stylish, as well as fun.
The same principle applies when you’re looking for great bedroom furniture for childrens’ rooms or any other design issue that involves the family.
There’s actually a lot to think about; you don’t want to embark on the time-consuming and potentially expensive journey of redesigning a room or rooms only to find that, at the end of it all, they aren’t quite fir for purpose.
Hopefully, this article will illuminate some of the factors that you should definitely take into consideration.
First and foremost, you need to think about what functions the room is going to serve for you and your family. It needs to be an uncluttered space that you can enjoy as a place of relaxation, as well as fun. Also, it needs to serve as a place where you can entertain guests in comfort.
Sit down with your partner and your kids to find out what they really want from a new living room. Gather all their thoughts – which will hopefully be reasonable ones – and start thinking about how you can incorporate their needs into the new space.
Working with what you have
Of course, just because there is a need to replace your living room doesn’t mean that you have to completely strip it back. You’d be amazed at what you could do with elements and components of the old space.
Ask your family again for their opinions on what they really like about the old space. All in all, you may find that there’s actually not too much work to be done to get it into the condition and look you want. All it may need is a fresh coat of paint and a little furniture rearranging to sort it out.
On the other hand, if the resounding conclusion that you and your family comes to is that the living room does indeed require a major overhaul, onwards to the planning stages!
If you’re feeling relatively uninspired or not happy with the verdict you received from an interior designer, all you have to do is browse through a few home and style magazines, or go onto your Pinterest account to get that much-needed creative spark.
There are so many exciting interior designs out there that people miss because they think stick to the tried and tested, and restrict themselves to shopping at high-street chains. If you want to be a bit more creative, get inspired and start a little folder of images and cut-outs that you want to implement with the new space.
If your family all have common interests, try and use these interests as a focal point in the room’s design. For instance, if you enjoy video games and films, make the television and your home entertainment system the ‘heart’ of your living room. On the other hand, if you all like curling up in the evenings with your respective books, centre the room around the fireplace and provide stylish lamps for people to read in comfort.
Then again, if everyone’s got different interests, you could try and incorporate them all into the room. Have a corner for each member, perhaps.
Relaxation is a priority
There’s no point in having a living room in which none of your family can relax. You are going to want a cosy, comfortable space where you can all flop down after a hard day at work or school.
Having comfortable furniture is obviously critical but think about the little things too. Don’t paint the walls with excessively bright colours. Muted, darker shades have a more relaxing effect on you, and don’t rely on a single, central light – lamps make for a customisable and altogether more comfortable environment.
Finally, the rules
After you’re done redesigning the space, you’re going to have to set some new rules. This applies to those who have children, or those who have partners that behave like children.
You want to keep your new living room tidy and comfortable. No matter which paint shades you go for, or which sofas you’ve forked out on, you’re not going to be able to feel comfortable in a cluttered, messy space. Make sure that everyone tidies up after themselves regularly.
Think about enforcing other rules, too, like banning food in the living room. Of course, you can always make exceptions, for movie nights at least.