The living room is the household mecca for entertaining guests, uniting families, and relaxation. This part of the house gets a lot of activity, and righfully so. Living rooms are typically placed in the center of a home, condo, or apartment and because of this, decision and material decisions should be of the upmost concern.
As you embark on your journey to design the perfect living room, consider these questions:
Flooring: Your living room flooring can be a highlight or understated accent, depending on your design goals. Hardwood flooring provides a warm underfoot, and with new manufacturing methods is becoming increasingly affordable and durable. If a southwest or rustic design styles appeals to you, consider terra cotta or natural stone floor tiling. Other living room flooring materials could include laminate woods (a low-cost alternative to real wood), carpet, and polished concrete.
Material options are vast for living room flooring. One thing to note, however, is defining the space of your living room through area rugs. Oversized rugs are noted to define separate seating areas.
Better Homes and Gardens suggests to pair neutral rooms with “statement” accesories. They also suggest to make an open space feel homey by arranging furniture close together and away from the walls.
Consider comfort: When designing your living area, remember that comfort is key since you will most likely be spending a lot of your time in this area of the house.