Home Interior Living Room

In recent years, the PVC floors have become very popular due to their long life, high durability and their favourable prices. Additionally, this type of flooring perfectly complements the modern lifestyle, it can make the overall housing more pleasant and it also ensures a healthy and clean environment.

If you are choosing a floor and considering what type you should buy, read on to learn about the features and benefits of PVC flooring.

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What Is PVC Flooring Made Of?

The PVC floors are made of polyvinyl chloride, which is the second most widely used synthetic material in the world. As to their layers, the PVC floors can be divided into two types:

  • The heterogeneous PVC floors – these are floors, which are composed of several layers: from the wear layer, design layer, upper PVC layer, the carrier fibres and the lower PVC layer; they defer in their composition or their implementation; the last layer can also be made of PUR, which is easy to maintain; the heterogeneous PVC flooring is suitable for busy areas (e.g. in residential interiors, hospitals, offices, hotels etc.);
  • The homogeneous PVC floor – it is a flooring consisting of one layer; this type is very durable and it is ideal for high-traffic areas; it can be used e.g. in the entrance areas, in varied halls, hospitals, schools etc.; the homogeneous PVC floors are available only monochromatic or streaked.

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The Properties Of PVC Flooring

The PVC floors have a lot of great features. Except from being very durable, flexible and stable, they are also resistant to moisture, and unlike other floor coverings, they do not expand nor shrink, they are warm and easy to install or maintain.

 

Advantages Of PVC Flooring:

  • flexible floor surface
  • dimensional stability and high resilience (e.g. against water, sunlight etc.)
  • good thermal and sound insulation
  • easy maintenance
  • purchase price only
  • suitable for allergy sufferers
  • option to install the underfloor heating

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Where Can You Lay A PVC Floor?

The PVC floors are suitable for dry rooms. According to the type of the PVC flooring, it can be used in residential, community or medical rooms, in warehouses, in production halls and in other industrial spaces.

 

The Flexible (Softened) PVC Flooring

This type of PVC flooring features anti-static and anti-slip surface and it is a lifelike imitation of wood, tiles or stone.

 

The Rigid (Non-Softened) PVC Flooring

The floors made of rigid PVC are very resilient and they have a high abrasion resistance. They can be used especially in rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms, as well as various commercial spaces.

 

The PVC Flooring For Allergy Sufferers

The PVC flooring is a very good choice if you are an allergic sufferer. This type of flooring protects the interior perfectly against allergens and dust mites.

 

Choosing Of The PVC Flooring

If you have decided to buy PVC flooring, always follow the technical data sheets, when buying it. It gives you the characteristics of the specific PVC flooring (e.g. its thickness, durability, maximum load, colour fastness) and where the type should preferably be used. Then it is only up to you, what pattern, finish or colour you choose.

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Installation Of A PVC Floor

The PVC floor is installed on a clean and dry surface only that is why it is necessary to remove the old flooring first and leave the PVC flooring in the room for at least 24 hours before the installation, so that it could acclimatize to the conditions in the room. During the actual installation, it is necessary to lay it flat and without folds.

The edges should overlap about 10 cm. After installing the PVC flooring, trim it and leave the expansion joints between the walls and flooring of about 1 mm.

The flooring can be installed in two different ways:

  • free laying, which is suitable for small rooms with dimensions up to 20 m²,
  • full-surface gluing, which is suitable for larger rooms.

When free laying the floor, fix it at the edges and joints with a tape and stick it to the surface. If full-surface gluing the floor, roll the PVC flooring up, apply the glue on the subfloor and align the PVC flooring. Then do the same on the rest of the floor, always working on a strip of about 1 m wide. After finishing the full-surface gluing, press the PVC flooring down well, or flatten it with a roller. Compared to the free laying of the flooring, you may not walk on the freshly installed floor immediately.

If any piece of furniture can be really considered as variable, then it is a dresser, which is usually a cabinet with drawers that can be used almost anywhere in your apartment. We are going give you some inspiration for what can purchase.

What style of a dresser will suit you? Ultimately, any style you wish. The simple shape of the dressers does not pretend anything, the function is primary, however there are also pieces suitable in the style (or themed) interiors or in a cottage. And if you want a truly original piece, you can have the fronts and the doors printed with a photo of a choice, or you can even have a dresser made to measure.

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A Dresser Is A Cabinet

“Nowadays, as dressers are generally referred lower cabinets with several drawers, which ideally run across the whole width of the furniture. They can stand solitary by a wall, it is not necessary to fasten them,” an architect says. They tend to have low legs or a base,  they can also be equipped with wheels for easier handling, however you can  see pieces on truly high legs (so you can store various things under them) or conversely, with no legs.

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The Modern Transformations

If you regard only the low, wide and deep cabinets (e.g. 80 x 100 x 40 cm) as dressers and you see completely different ones in the stores, do not be surprised. This piece of furniture changes according to the ideas of the manufacturers. They sometimes “stretch” it in width or to height, the drawers do not always run across the whole width or they are supplemented by shelves with doors, the drawers may be even replaced by removable boxes or by open shelves.

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Wherever You Need Them

The dressers evolved from the earlier chests of drawers, the low cabinets adapted for storing linen. However, this piece of furniture will find its application also out of a bedroom, nowadays. It can be placed in a kitchen to store the cookware in it, in a nursery (as a changing table combined with a storage for clothes or toys), in a living room (as a storage furniture), in an office, in a bathroom or even in a hallway.

Unlike other furniture, the top surface will also be useful to you for storing items or decorations, or a mirror can be placed on it.

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What Are Made Of/Materials

The dressers are mostly manufactured from wood-based materials, although you can find them in metal, plastic or even glass, too.

“The laminated chipboard is marked as LTD. The stronger and better material is the hardboard (MDF). The chipboard (DTD) is also used, it can be laminated or covered by the veneer. Thus if you buy the “veneer furniture”, it means that a thin layer of wood (max. 3 mm) is glued to a carrier substrate, such as the DTD. And the timber is a piece of wood that will delight every nature lover, but this material responds to moisture more significantly, e.g. its colour stability is poorer.

 

How To Open Them

The drawers are equipped with handles, which complete the look of the dresser, however you do not need to use them in every case. Some pieces of furniture have drawers with holes for the fingers in their fronts, while others use recessed handles which do not protrude.

The handle-less systems, mechanical or electric driven, represent handy and very modern solutions, which originally started in the kitchens, but now they are used in other furniture, as well.

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What Else?

You should not focus only on the design, but also on the materials, the furniture implementation including the metal fixtures, as well as on the size, so that it fitted into your home and to your everyday life. Do you find this comment useless?

“I normally see people, who did not estimate the space needed for the dresser correctly. Although they know how much space there is available, they forget to include the space for the drawers being pulled out and for the person who will stand by it…”

 

The Fashionable High Gloss

The trend of high gloss finishes applied in home interiors reached the dressers, as well. But how about the risk of scratching the surface, e.g. by a ring? Minor damages of the surface made of the glossy T-acrylic can be fixed at home with a “healing kit”; the repair takes about 10 minutes.

A small space can be comfortable and pleasant to live in, if you live alone, but if the family starts to grow, the requirements increase and suddenly you feel closely crammed there.

Arranging a tiny apartment can be much more complicated than furnishing a spacious family house. It is necessary to plan everything perfectly, including all the smallest details.

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Feel Free To Experiment

The imaginative and witty solutions enable complete and comfortable living even in confined spaces. Say goodbye to outdated ideas about purposes and functions and start to combine. Throw away all uselessness things and evaluate even your old furniture. Is it really necessary to have a robust sofa and an antique TV stand, if your TV can be hung on the wall?

“An apartment cannot be larger, but it can look larger. It just depends on the materials used and on your well-considered solutions, “a designer says.

 

Transfer And Move

You should have the opportunity to rearrange your apartment quickly any time and the lightweight portable or mobile furniture is the best.  For example, you can stack simple shelves in a moment, thus creating a place for sleeping. Three people can comfortably eat at a table adjacent to the wall and when expecting a visit, they can move the table to the centre of the room. A table with an adjustable board is ideal.

The slim furniture saves a lot of space, too. If you choose the cabinets 20 cm wide (instead of the usual 40 cm), you will see how much space you get. The same holds for the doors of the cabinets – have you noticed how much space they need around to get opened? You can try the cabinets with the sliding doors or with the (wooden) blinds.

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Furniture You Do Not See

The feeling of crampedness arises mainly from overfilling the room with furniture. Anyway, you need some furnishings, so there is a compromise of using the transparent furniture, which you can see through. The fashion trends will help you in this matter a lot. The glass tables and acrylic chairs or shelving systems are very popular nowadays.

 

The Colours In A Role Of An Architect

In a small apartment, light colours of the walls are suitable and the furniture should also be light. If white prevails in the interior, you need not to be afraid of complementary colours on the details. The floor should again be light coloured, and enlivened with colourful carpet. The lighting is important, too, as it increases the space visually. You should also fit the windows with the light gauzy curtains only.

“Definitely avoid the dark and heavy furniture or curtains in a small apartment and also be careful not to overfill the space,” an interior designer recommends.

 

Focus On The Details

I there is a shortage of space, there also should not be room for any unnecessary things. It is necessary to have your things organized systematically without exposing them uselessly. Make use of every free space, e.g. the space under the bed or the sofa. Buy some practical storage boxes to store everything organized. Everything stackable that fits together is good, such as the stackable chairs or the coffee tables.

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Learn To Combine

The small apartments encourage the people to be more creative as the rooms must serve more purposes. For example, the living room is also used for sleeping and it has corners used as the office or as a dining room.

If you need to pay attention to every inch of your living space, you can try an individual solution. The furniture made to measure will make better use of all the space available. The built-in wardrobes prove to be excellent. Their sliding doors hide even the kitchen cabinets or an office full of mess.

 

Gone Are Unnecessary Things

A crammed space as well as a multitude of colours and forms causes the feeling of unease. The smaller apartment, the more efficient it should be. Your approach should include smooth and straight shapes, rounded edges and simple colour scheme with only one complementary colour.

 

Miniaturize

Do you love flowers? There are lots of species that grow to a lower height. You may also have a small bookcase or a side table.

The sliding doors can be the best solution in many different cases. However, people often do not remember them at all and they look for other more conservative solutions, instead.

Sometimes all you need is just to think a little unconventionally. How do you know that the sliding doors are right for you? Try to follow these rules.

 

An Optional Boundary

Sometimes you want the kitchen to be connected to the living room and sometimes you need to separate them, both in sound and emotionally. The sliding doors eliminate the need of choosing and enable you the solution, which is suitable at the moment.

In a similar way, you can separate optionally a staircase, a small chamber in the kitchen or any other space, which should be easily accessible, but you do not want to have it in sight all the time.

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A New Face Of The Old Closet

Whether you store the clothes in a closet or you are the lucky owner of a cloakroom, the sliding doors were made for this case, as well. There are low demands on the sound insulation, but usually the space is lacking. Additionally, the sliding door can serve as a decoration which does not occupy any extra space.

You can have the sliding doors made to measure and solve them in an interesting spirit of art, or you can simply prefer the Japanese style of minimalism.

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The Designer´s Trick

There is a trick of optical enlargement of a small window: you just extend the curtain rod so that the opened curtains do not get in the window opening. You can do a similar “magic” with the sliding doors.

With the sliding door, you can also enrich an ugly little passage to an adjacent room, or to change the look of a small alcove that serves as storage.

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The Mobile Walls In An Open Apartment

The trend of open-space living is still in and it will probably continue to be, because the loft apartments have their undeniable charm. A frequent argument against them says they lack privacy; however, you can do something with it.

The sliding doors need not be only the doors, they can simply become a wall. In this case, it is a mobile wall determined to variably change the look of a large continuous space. A system of sliding panels like this will actually create the feel that you have several apartments, each of them with a different layout.

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The Decoration

The sliding panel is one of the best options, if you want to combine the use value with the aesthetic value. However, it does not mean, you cannot use it purely for the decorative purposes.

It is also an interesting way of displaying a mural artwork in the room. Even in the past in townhouses, a system of paintings hung on pulleys from the ceiling was used, so that the paintings could be moved as desired. Now you can make something similar with a decorative panel, which was originally intended to be a partition.

A radiator need not be the unsightly tangle of tubes any more. The unique design of radiators brings beauty and elegance even into the places, where you might not expect it.

Nowadays, as a “radiator”, it is not necessary to imagine only the old cast iron radiators with dull colours. The manufacturers offer a wide range of luxurious designs and playful shapes, where even the most demanding customers can choose.

When furnishing the interior, you should not pay attention only to the overall style including the accessories, but also to the equipment which is necessary in the room. Even the radiators can look good and fine-tune your home. The current heaters do not have only their practical use, their task is also to improve every room aesthetically.

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The appearance of radiators should not be underestimated. They are an integral part of the interior, which can easily become the dominant that gives elegance and flair to the entire space.

The designer radiators are not only unique in their appearance but also in their shapes. Thanks to it, we can easily accommodate them even in places, where a radiator would not previously fit or suit. In the manufacturer´s offers, there are the radiators extra thin, oblong or in completely asymmetrical shapes. You can easily install them not only in the classic space under the window, but also e.g. on the wall next to the door, where the radiator would look almost like a work of art.

The designs for radiators are usually created by the manufacturers themselves or in cooperation with residential designers. However, if you are interested in a completely unique look, you can order a radiator from certain suppliers, who can stamp your own theme in a form of a picture or a photograph on it. A radiator tuned in this way can upgrade virtually any room then. It is suitable not only in the living areas, but also in a bathroom, a kitchen or a bedroom.

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We do not want to frighten you – not really. But if you do pay attention to the cleanliness, you should also look at places where normally the sun (or the bulb) does not get.

Is there an evil disease lurking in hidden corners of your apartment? Most likely, it is not. But when cleaning, it is good to remember the places you would normally ignore.

The bacteria are living with us, and they are good – it would be much worse without them. But they are not always helpful. Those living on a few forgotten and hardly ever cleaned places of your apartment can unnecessarily cause an infection (or just to be a mysterious source of unpleasant smells).

 

A Cup Of Coffee?

Most of us enjoy a cup of coffee or tea every day. While the standard and electric kettles are relatively easy to clean (because we are aware of their uncleanness), we tend to forget the coffee machines. That is way you should always keep your kitchen in the same condition in which you would like to see your favourite restaurant´s kitchen.

Although we do not realize it much, the coffee contains oils, which are very apt to deposit in coffee machines of all types. Although manufacturers recommend the standard procedures for cleaning of the filters, you should also clean all the parts that come in contact with coffee by means of vinegar about once every six months.

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The Enemy Lurks In The Bathroom

The bacteria like dark and damp places, which are numerous in a bathroom. You have one of them literary at your hand: when did you last look into your toothbrush cup? If it is more than a month, the toothbrush is now probably partially dipped in something you would not like to touch with your bare hand.

A bath mat is another treacherous place, as it soaks not only water but also the sweat from your feet. The best solution is to get a few bath mats and wash frequently – basically whenever you put the towels in the washing machine. You do not need to worry, unless your mat is soiled heavily, it will not do anything to the towels and the hot water with the washing powder remove the bacteria.

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The TV Addiction Is Harmful

Not only mentally harmful. Long sitting impairs your digestion, weakens your muscles and bring you about back problems – and you also touch ugly critters every day. Do not believe?

Try to get a close look at your remote control then. It is very likely, you will find greasy deposits around the buttons formed by your sweat combined with other particles, tiny crumbs of food, dust particles etc. Not to mention what a surprise you would find if you disassembled the remote control.

A similar problem appears on computer keyboards and mice or on mobile phones. Hardly anyone washes his or her hands before using them and that is how they look in a few months.

 

A cosy home does not necessarily mean a small home or a home full of furniture. We can feel pleasant even in a living room, which is furnished in a minimalist way.

The living room is the place you spend most of your free time, including the time of you spend with your family or your friends. Therefore it is important it was cosy and comfortable.

 

The Spaciousness

We need plenty of light and space as well as a suitably combination of the pieces of furniture. It does not matter, if our living room is in a small apartment or in a big house; it is possible to use some tricks to organize its space, so that it looks airy and spacious.

If you are not lucky to live in a big house, now we are going to give you some tips, how to make the room seem larger visually. The basic requirements are bright colours and airy materials. You can enlarge the room visually by means of the appropriate layout of the furniture, which should complement the room tastefully. It means it must not obstruct in the middle of the room or hinder the light from getting in.

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The Sofas, The Armchairs, The Couches

The spaciousness is related to the choice of the seating: its kind, colour, material and alignment. Nowadays, the smaller pieces of furniture (chairs, footstools etc.) and their combinations are trendy, instead of large sofas. If you have a modular sofa, you have an advantage to be able to buy a piece or more, as needed. It also enables easier handling during alignment as well as during the practical use. As to the design, the monochromatic bright fabrics, especially red, blue and yellow, apparently prevail now.

The seating furniture should match other equipment of the room, but you should also follow your own taste, when choosing it. The interior of your living room does not mean your comfort only, but it is also the representation of your family.

 

Other Equipment

The lightness, airiness and bright colours are the trends which should be followed when choosing the cabinets and the individual pieces of furniture, too.

As to the tables, it is very practical to buy a mobile table or a system of several stackable tables, since they are more efficient and easier to handle. As to the materials, the combination of wood, metal and glass prevails. The TV set, the hi-fi set, the DVD player etc. are other essential parts of a modern living room. It is good to place the electronics together, so they do not disrupt the overall looks of the room. The TV set needs a proper distance, so it is recommended to place it on a table with castors, so that you can change its position as needed.

When arranging the furniture, you must consider the functional layout. We can also divide the space visually: for this purpose, we use combinations of floorings, e.g. the wood and the carpets. It is also possible to use screens, partition walls or shelves to divide the space.

The next aspect you should not neglect is the light. The room should be (except for the central light) illuminated by appropriately matched lamps, which are used e.g. for reading or for intimate illumination.

The final addition is some flowers or plants. We have to maintain an overall balance in this respect, too, which means, you should not place many plants in one place. Keep a couple of significant plant and distribute them all over the room. There should also be some fresh cut flowers, which are representative for the hostess.

 

The Things You Should Not See From Your Couch

Do you want to clean your living room up and you do not know where to start from? Sit down on your couch and look around. What bothers you and what looks messy?

The larger the space, the more demanding the cleaning is. And because the living room is usually the largest room in your home, you should make a system, similar to the one we are going to show you now.

Sit down on the couch in your living room and look around. Does the room look tidy? If it does not, what are the main problems? Which areas need to be organized, what should be thrown away, which items should not be here?

In order to make you decision easier, we give you a list of typical items that impair the look of a living room. According to the list, remove them one after the other and you will see your living room much refreshed.

 

A Clutter On A Coffee Table

Your sight falls at the coffee table every time and usually as the first thing. It is usually a gathering place of small items, such as glasses, pens, papers, remote controls etc.. The table is definitely intended for putting things down, but when you fill it with other things, you cannot usually lay anything else there – not mentioning how bad it looks. So your cleaning of the living room can begin at the coffee table.

 

The Food And Drink Leftovers

Maybe you do not eat your supper in the living room (it is a wise decision), but surely you take e.g. a cup of tea or a bowl of salt crackers with you when you watch TV, and then you forget then somehow. Whether it is a small cup or a large pizza box with a pile of crumpled napkins, get rid of all the traces of foods and drinks from your living room.

 

The Clothes

Whether dirty or clean, no clothes should lie there, unless the living room is the only room in which you can store them. They definitely may not be visible, not even scattered on the furniture. All family members, and especially the adults, should learn to put the dirty clothes to the bathroom and the clean clothes to the cabinet or the closet.

 

The Coats And The Bags

When you come home from your work or school and you are tired, it is tempting to take off your shoes in the hallway and to toss the bag, coat or jacket on a chair in the living room. But how can you use the room to relax, then? Get accustomed to putting your coat on a hanger at once and find a suitable place for the bags and the purses you use frequently. This is a slight change of everyday habits, which makes a visible difference, however.

 

The Toys

The parents with small kids feel more like gatherers than educators sometimes. A kid does not mind wading knee-deep in dropped toys, he or she picks up the toy he or she is interested in and everything else becomes forgotten at once. Before the kids learn to put their toys away a little later, you will have to pick up the toys yourself, anyway.

 

The Wires And The Cables

Both the younger and the older ones are to blame here. We all use electronics that need cables, chargers and other accessories, which look as if their only purpose was to meddle with your feet and to attract dust. Fortunately, there are tools that help us with the cables, such as coils, hooks, under table brackets or sleeves that can hide several cables at once. And you can deposit the cables that are not being used into a designated box in your storage compartment.

 

The Documents

The paperwork is mainly done in the evenings, so the documents and the folders tend to accumulate in the living room. In case you do not have a workroom, the living room may be a good solution, it is natural however that these things should not lie around on a coffee table or a sofa.  That is why you should find a place for them in a shelf and buy a quality durable binder.

 

The Old Newspapers

The magazines, newspapers, leaflets etc. gather in your living room and quickly form layers of clutter. It is also often difficult for us to get rid of the printed materials because we thing we would like to look at them someday again. But in most cases, it is not true. The newspapers particularly have a short life and they should quickly go into the sorted waste. Do the same with the leaflets and catalogues. As to magazines, keep only those really valuable to you and unless their archive is available online.

 

The Excess Decoration

The candles and candlesticks, small figures, pictures and other decorative trinkets always tempt to buy, but they can quickly accumulate at your home and then they are not pretty any more. Sort them out strictly, give the removed ones to someone, take them to a bazaar or sell them online, provided they are still in good condition. Heat the burned out candles, pull the remaining wax out and discard the clean cups into sorted waste according to their material.

 

The Faded Plants

Maybe you have forgotten them a bit, maybe they do not thrive somehow or maybe you are not the type who excels in tending houseplants. Anyway, a faded once-green something “decorates” your living room now and you do not want to revive it any more. Again, there is a possibility to give the savable plants to a relative or a friend and to put the rest either to the biowaste or to the household waste.

 

Plan Your Living Room Like a Pro

Being your own interior architect is economical and with a little creativity, it is also an adventure and fun. But where should you start from and what rules to stick to, so that you succeeded?

Some people are scared of empty space of their unfurnished rooms. Others enjoy it as their imagination  starts to work and they look forward to planning every detail. Whether you are creative or rather conservative, our advice  will definitely come in handy when you are arranging your living room.

 

Symmetrically Or Asymmetrically?

Let’s face it – the latter is the better. Even though we have an unaware tendency to balance, the strict axial symmetry is suitable for arranging of Versailles, not of a modern flat. A  striking symmetry seems rather disturbing, it gives the impression that people are obsessed with precision here and you must not touch anything in their household.

This naturely does not mean you have to give up symmetry completely. For example, if you put small tables on both ends of a couch, there will be no harm. However, do not cling to the principle consistently.

Our tip: Try to arrange asymmetrically even the room usually organized with symmetry – the bedroom. The beds need not to be always at the center of the wall and the bedside tables need not to be identical.

 

Which Way The Traffic Flows?

After you have roughly sketched the layout of the furniture, imagine the ways in which you are going to move around the room. Is the path to the window winding or blocked? It is the furniture unnecessarily lined against the walls and you could play catch-up in the empty middle of the room? Does the armair invite you to sit down or is it standing with its back towards the door, so you are feeling uncomfortable in it?

You can also try to give up the classic seating position facing the TV set and center it towards a coffee table instead. While watching TV, the chairs can always be turned to a more suitable position. Eventually, you may find you are not tempted to do it too much.

 

Balancing

The idea of the strict symmetry should definitely be given up, but our instinct to balance the space optically is correct and there is no harm in following it. We can even say that the key to fitting a room is here: in balancing the ratio of mass without falling back to excessive symmetry.

What does this mean in practice? The classic outfashioned living room meant a couch against the wall and a cabinet with TV set against the opposite wall. Because of many reasons, it is rather impractical solution today, but the balancing of mass works here, still. For simplicity, imagine that the floor of the room is a platform suspended on a steel cable at the point of gravity. Your task is to arrange the furniture so that the platform will not tilt and remain horizontal.

The example has naturally its technical limits, but when designing you will see that it is helpful as a  general guideline.

 

Both For Looking And For Utility

Remember that the living room must be oriented to living, above all. It means it must meet all your requirements and must not impose barriers which would be unbearable and getting on your nerves later in everyday traffic. Your health is too precious.

It may sound petty or fussy, but feel free to write down the requirements on your room, how many people will use it and for what purpose. Or better yet, consider how you  used your previous living room. Will the new one allow equal, or even better freedom of movement?

Our tip: Solve the items intended purely for decoration as the last ones. If they require space, it is always better to adapt decorative purpose to functionality than vice versa.

 

Where To Look?

The impression from each room is better if the eyes find at once an appropriate highlight that attracts their attention. In the case of a living room, it can be a painting above the sofa, a big bookcase  or an antique coffee table.

It does not naturally mean that the object should completely supress the rest of the furnishings or should not to suit to them. It just means it should lead the visitor’s eyes. The result is, the person automatically forgets a little the unaware uncertainty of the unknown space and suppresses it in favour of curiosity.

 

There is no need to limit your living room by only buying some sofas. We will talk now a little more about what makes the communal sittig perfect.

We get used to solve the living room space by simply buying a sofa that can fits in and has a roughly suitable colour. But these are a bit low standards, aren´t they?

 

Different Types Of Sitting

The first argument against sofas is the fact that different people appreciate different types of sitting.  Someone wants to have more back support and someone prefers soft armchairs in which he or she can sit half lying. But a settee usually does not allow such variations. That is why it is best to choose one or two armchairs to your sofa – they will allow a slightly different seating positions. If you are expecting a bigger visit, larger padded stools will also help; otherwise they can be used as handy tables.

 

An  Easy Access

Comfortable things should be easy, as well. The sitting in your living room should always be easily accessible without going around half of the room or tripping over the feet off sitting people.

In practice, unnecessarily large sofas and chairs in small living rooms often go against this rule. Not only they do not allow different placement and dictate how you arrange them, but also the solution can not sufficiently respect the the convenience of your guests.

 

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The Correct Light

What has the light to do with the sitting area of your living room? In short, everything. Too often we rely on a central chandelier not realizing the atmosphere it creates in the room – is too high and too intense, illuminating  people’s heads and casting shadows in their faces.

Without realizing it, the usage of a central chandelier can often contribute to a worse atmosphere, wherein people cannot relax sufficiently. The combined light of floor, wall and table lamps is much better. The main principle is that the light should be closer to the level of heads of the sitting people and that no single source should be too strong.

 

The Connecting Element

Even thought your sitting will not be formed a single compact sitting  set, it obviously should “stick together” aesthetically. One of the ways to achieve it is by means of the colors – but do not make the mistake of seeking an armchair in the same shade as your sofa. How about, for example, buying an armchair in a contrast but matching colour and repeating the colour in the pattern of the cushions you on your sofa?

The next good solution is a carpet that matches the sofa and the chair optically. Remember that the sitting area is not only created by the furniture for sitting but also by the tables, lamps, a nearby bookcase etc.. All these elements must contribute to the overall impression of the room.