The living room is often regarded as the heart of the home. It is the centre where people meet to relax or celebrate with friends and enjoy the time. Accordingly, the furnishings should be designed to be homely and atmospheric. We tell you what to look out for when choosing colours, shapes and furniture.
To make the living room a real place to feel good, you need a skilful combination of typical living room elements. Inviting furniture, colourful accents and useful and decorative accessories breathe life into the room.
Especially the country house style is in great demand due to its elegance and timelessness.
Pale colours dominate. White, delicate beige or light grey form the basis on which the desired accents can be created with targeted spots of colour.
The effect of colours
So that the room does not become too colourful, the colour accents should be concentrated on one or two colours. The advantage of light-coloured, neutral furniture is that the choice of colour can be made freely. Pastel shades usually have a very pleasant effect, as they blend harmoniously into the picture without appearing dominant. Stronger colours, on the other hand, make the room appear more dynamic and lively.
Red shades or pink accents give the room a slightly warming note. Blue or lime-coloured accessories, on the other hand, ensure a pleasant freshness. This means that everyone can consciously set accents with the colours used. Those who attach great importance to a high degree of spatial harmony should pay attention to colour repetition. The blue tone of the cushions can also be found in the curtains or cabinet decoration.
Setting the right accents
In addition, attention must be paid to the accessories with which the colour accents are set. Textile items such as cushions, curtains, wool blankets and cuddly blankets are particularly suitable. Since these objects consist of similar materials, they should not only be coordinated in colour but also in their pattern.
But also with objects like vases or picture frames desired accents can be set very well. In the case of smaller accessories, which are on sideboards or on tables, it is also possible to deviate from the chosen colours without endangering the impression of harmony.
For example, a fresh bouquet of dark red roses on the table is usually very invigorating. Likewise, the calendar on the sideboard can be perfectly adapted to the country house style through wonderful animal and landscape photos, without the harmonious overall impression being disturbed by colour variations. Also appropriate pictures and photo motives at the walls lend additional charm and can the dwelling additionally animate.
However, the living atmosphere is not solely dependent on furniture and accessories. The overall effect is mainly due to the arrangement of the furniture used. A living room that is too full takes the room to live in. The size of the selected sofa, cupboards and sideboard should therefore be adapted to the size of the room.
In order to still have sufficient storage space, open, space-saving living walls can be used, which nevertheless provide some storage space. These walls usually consist of a sideboard and wall units. This type of wall unit makes the room appear more open and spacious.
There are also versions of the sofas that appear more open, as the seats are not completely enclosed by armrests and backrests. This feature is particularly important for larger couches designed for more than two or three people. If a classic country style sofa is chosen, a two-seater should be chosen. In this form the couch does not look too bulky despite armrests and if necessary an additional two-seater or two single armchairs can be added.
Arrangement of furniture
The arrangement of the furniture is also important. Couch and armchair should be inviting and therefore easily accessible. A small coffee table can be useful as a suitable shelf for glasses and snacks. A distance of 35-45 cm between the coffee table and the seat is considered to be an appropriate width. If children are at home or frequent visitors, the distance should be somewhat smaller. For persons with very long legs, the distance should again be slightly increased.
The distance between the couch and individual seats is particularly stylish if a minimum distance of 120 to 250 cm is maintained. If there is less space, the distance can also be reduced, but it should always be possible to reach the seats comfortably. In addition, the seating arrangement should take into account how the room is to be used.
This is because the living room is often used for joint television and video evenings. In this case, care should be taken to ensure a sufficient distance between the seating area and the television set. The basic rule is that the distance should be about three times the length of the screen diagonal. The angle and view of the television should also be correct so that it can be used comfortably from the couch. For flat screens, a minimum diagonal of one meter should also be observed.
Symmetrical versus asymmetrical arrangement
The basic rules of symmetry can also be used to make the room homely. Basically, symmetrical arrangements seem calm and tidy, while asymmetrical arrangements convey dynamics.
If the living room is to be used as a place for rest and relaxation, the focus should be on symmetry.
An example of symmetric alignment is a central coffee table lined with opposite seating. If an asymmetrical L-shaped couch is used, this can be compensated for by a seat placed opposite.
An asymmetrical arrangement of seating, shelving and cupboards allows specific accents to be set and perception to be focused on specific areas in the room. This can be used to bring more excitement and dynamism into a room. If the living room is used more frequently for parties or active activities, the existing asymmetry supports the dynamics and gives the living room a special touch.