When you think of the most essential room in the house, your mind probably wanders to the kitchen. But where does it go next? The living room is a key room that can make your whole house fit together nicely when done well. Or, if it’s done poorly, it can ruin the whole flow of your home. It can sometimes be hard to pinpoint what exactly about the room makes it throw off the rest of the house. Not only will this article discuss the five reasons why the living room can make or break your home, but it will also give helpful tips to improve the room.
When having guests over, most people congregate in the living room. Having a poorly laid out living room for your guests can make the whole house feel unpleasant.
You want to make sure that there is plenty of comfortable seating for everyone. No one wants to be the person who has to lean against the wall or sit on a pillow on the floor. You may not have twenty comfy lounge chairs for every guest; who would? But you can get folding chairs that are comfortable and whip them out when the time calls for it. A folding chair beats leaning against the wall any day.
Quality couches are both fashionable and comfortable. Have you ever plopped down on a sofa, hoping to find comfort, but instead, it’s stiff, and suddenly, the floor seems like a better alternative? Or have you ever experienced a very comfortable couch that just was an eyesore and sabotaged the nicely decorated room? Neither of these are appealing situations, so make sure to search for one that solves both those problems. The key to having a living room optimal for hospitality is making sure there is plenty of comfortable and stylish furniture.
Nothing is worse than trying to cram a bunch of people into a small, badly furnished living room. You may not be able to change the size of your living room (if you can, great!), but you can optimize the space you do have.
If there is room for a coffee table, find one with drawers or shelves for extra storage. If a coffee table would take up too much space, you can put small end tables with storage on both or one side of the couch. The key to optimizing space is finding furniture that doubles as storage.
Just like you want the living room to be comfortable, you also want the decor to be appealing. It’s essential to make it consistent. No matter what style you choose, make sure that it follows throughout the whole room. And pick a style that fits you well and also accents the rest of the house.
Pillows are a great way to add splashes of decor while still being practical. But you also don’t want to overdo it; you should be able to sit down without throwing off a bunch of pillows first. Don’t be afraid to do fun pillows that go well with your theme.
Most people make the mistake of putting pictures too high on the wall. You want them to be at eye level, so you don’t have to strain your neck to enjoy them. Since everyone’s eye levels vary, use your best judgment. You can take so many routes when decorating, but the important thing is to be intentional.
If your home is anything like most in the world, the living room can become the dumping spot for whatever you’re carrying. This can quickly turn into a messy room that is well-loved with life.
To avoid messes piling up and making the whole house feel like a colossal garage pit, put things away right when done with them. Living rooms are meant to be lived in. But you can also live in them while still returning items to their homes when you are done. It’s a simple thing that can be hard to do. So commit to following through, and next time you think, “I’ll just pick this up later,” stop yourself and put it away right away. The key to a clean living room is to stay on top of the mess before it even becomes one.
A successful life can’t be achieved without rest. Cultivating a room for middle-of-the-day rest is vital to reaching your personal and household full potential.
The world today is so hyped on constantly being productive and never stopping. The problem is that you will eventually burn out. How do you relax best? Put in a tv or a bookshelf so you will be inclined to stop once and a while and take a breather.
Making your living room enjoyable for guests, organizing it well, giving it appealing decor, and keeping it clean will make it that much more enjoyable to relax in.