If you have just started considering your living room arrangement, it may seem like an overwhelming project. Maybe you have moved to a new house or apartment, or your current living room needs to be upgraded. But do not fear it, we are here to help you! That is why we have written this guide to help you the best way possible.
You should take many things into consideration when you arrange your living room. Here you should consider the colour to paint, the use of furniture - whether you can use the current ones, or if you need to get new ones. But first of all, you need to chose which style you like the most. Your interior design style will be the connecting thread throughout the whole project. We can recommend joining groups on Facebook and check out Instagram as well as Pinterest.
Below you will find some tips on getting started the best possible way with arranging your living room.
A general challenge with decor is the placement of the furniture. You will often experience a person choose a set with a couch and a couple of armchairs - and all of it is huddled together. Usually, it is placed up towards a wall. But some planning is necessary to arrange furniture.
⦁ Where do people often sit and chat in the room?
⦁ Where does the "traffic" take place in the home?
⦁ Do you actually need all your current furniture, or can you cut it down?
⦁ Where is the television located?
⦁ How often do you use the furniture?
We recommend sticking to a minimum amount of furniture to be placed strategically in the room. Ensure that the "area for traffic" is without obstacles - meaning that there is a passage in your living room, and it has to be free.
Besides you can be smart thinking in areas. An area for conversations and you may consider placing the television here. An eating area and perhaps a playing area, if you have kids.
If you need ideas on cleaning up in the amount of furniture, that you need in your living room, we can recommend reading this blog post about "How to declutter your home: 10 good ideas til cleaning up in your home."
The trends for carpets comes and goes in waves in a country like Denmark. Some times wall-to-wall carpets are fashionable - only to be replaced with extended periods with only wooden floors. If you ask us, we are big fans of exposed carpets, which can create warmth, cosiness and a clear division of the room. When you use a rug til divide the areas in your living room, you can use the rule of thumb, which says that all furniture has to stand on a carpet. Then there must be at least 20-40cm carpet free the whole way around.
You often get a feeling of an unfinished space, when you have empty walls - it feels like something is missing. However, this does not necessarily mean that each centimetre should be filled with pictures and posters! Think of your personal style and taste when it comes to wall art. How does it express who you are, and which kind of art do you appreciate for yourself? You may also find it worthwhile to consider what type of art, and not to forget which type of colour, goes best along with your new arrangement.
Art does not have to be expensive. You can buy second-hand pictures and posters, which saves a lot of money on decoration.
Light is vital, if not the most important, part of your arrangement. Light admittance and lamps are extremely important when it comes to decorating your home. We recommend that you first and foremost focus on the natural light coming in. Here you must make sure that as much natural light as possible can enter your living room. For that reason, you should not place furniture in front of the windows, and they should not be covered by cumbersome curtains. A wise solution is choosing light curtains in, for example, linen, where it is always possible to get some sunlight passing through.
When it comes to artificial lighting, you have to consider the quality and that more light sources are better than a few sharp light sources. By distributing lamps all over the room, you can make sure to have softer lighting, which creates a more comfortable atmosphere in the room. Just as with the furniture, it can be recommended to think about areas - think of making sure of good lighting around the reading area, the eating area etc.
Your choice of wall colour also has a significant impact on the overall experience of your living room. The trends for choices of colours has continuously been changing. It has gone through many phases over the years; sand-coloured, water scrubbed, one wall with colour, etc. Nowadays, many choose to paint delicate colours on their walls, and more and more often, people chose lime wash paint for the walls. It creates a lovely radiance on the wall's surface, and it goes against the traditional choice of white on white.
When you consider painting your wall, you must always make sure that you buy good quality paint. Unfortunately, many cheaper paint choices contain too many chemicals - and that will be released in your room, while it is drying. That is why we always recommend painting without harmful preservatives.
When you need to find furniture for your living room, you may consider having them custom made, for them to perfectly fit your room. You can even consider whether the said furniture should have several functions, to save up space. For example, a bookcase that quickly can be adapted, serves as a workplace, with a desktop and a lamp.
Here at Ziito, we are specialists in creating unique solutions within shelving and wardrobes. Everything can be made to measure, to fit your arrangement perfectly. That way, you get the possibility to optimize your living room and reduce the amount of furniture.