Finding and purchasing a new home can take several months. After you close on the house, you still have a lot of work to do. One of the most important steps will be setting up your new living room.
The average family spends 50% of their time in the living room. It’s important to come up with the layout everyone will be comfortable with.
Here are some living room design tips you should follow.
Use Cool Colors
Colors have a profound effect on our mental health. Many families use red paint and other warm colors that they enjoy.
Ion Nicolae, founder of DesignLike, describes why you should use cool colors instead. Blue is one of the best for monitoring stress and other negative health problems.
“With the blue color you can create a cool and clear look. In the interior design, you can use blue to create an atmosphere of work and meditation. The color blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It is used to design the interior space to enlarge the room by a very light shade of blue. You can use blue to cool a room with much sun and heat. If used in kitchen, paint, furniture or dishes, blue color is said to decrease appetite and you can lose weight.”
Use Classical Trimwork
Trimwork serves a couple of important purposes for any living room:
· It covers joints and surfaces where floors, walls and ceilings connect.
· It gives your living room more distinctive character.
It’s best to stay away from using tacky trimwork or anything that has too much of a “new age “feeling, unless it complements the theme of your home. You’re best off choosing classical style trimwork that nicely complements any type of home.
Use Mirrors to Add Depth
Your family and guests will feel more comfortable in your living room if you create the illusion that it is larger than it actually is. You can make your living room feel larger by adding a decent sized mirror to your wall.
Choose Your Living Room Furniture Wisely
Literally thousands of companies sell living room furniture. However, many of the pieces on the market won’t be appropriate for your living room.
There are a number of factors you need to take into consideration before making a selection:
· Focus on comfort before anything else. You will be using this furniture for at least several hours a day. There is no sense purchasing pieces that are too small to accommodate your family size or too hard to sit in.
· The aesthetics of your furniture should match the theme of your living room.
· Your furniture pieces should complement each other.
· Longevity is a very important factor. Many cheaper pieces of furniture corrode quickly, so you should purchase oak furniture or other pieces that can last for the life of your home.
Take your time selecting furniture pieces. Don’t be afraid to get input from in interior design expert if you aren’t sure if they match your living room.
Take Your Time Creating Your New Living Room
Setting up your new living room is going to take time and effort. You need to put plenty of thought into it, because you don’t want to be stuck with a layout that you won’t enjoy.