Living rooms cater for many needs. They are for relaxing and socialising, listening to music and entertaining. They can also be used for eating and drinking, watching TV and playing.
Modern living room design tries to cater for the whole range of activities and making the most of the space we have often becomes a top priority when thinking about decorating and furnishing the room.
The trend in modern living rooms is for a more open design – you need to look carefully at the quality of natural light in the room and how to supplement it with additional light sources. Wooden furniture with a natural finish is a good choice as it tends to lend a light and airy aspect to the furnishings, as well as giving some much-needed warmth and character.
A good sofa is high on the list of essentials. After a hard day at work you often cannot beat just throwing open the door and collapsing in front of the TV to catch up on your favourite programmes. Or perhaps you prefer to listen to music or even just flop around and do nothing.
Open spaces do attract clutter. The more space we have the more we try and fill it, often with things that could easily be tidied away if only some storage had been planned for them. Built-in cupboards are a solution here but if your room does not suit this style, then think carefully about some other options.
Solid oak sideboards or oak cupboards work very well. A natural wood finish helps to keep the living space look open and spacious, and their solid construction will resist many knocks.
A good-sized solid oak coffee table is another desirable item and one that can be thought of as an investment as well as a practical piece of furniture. One with built-in shelving underneath will give more storage options, or perhaps a nested set of tables so you have the flexibility of producing more surface area when you are entertaining friends and family.
Modern living room design just needs a little thought and planning – if you think ahead it is easier to set a budget and buy the things that will make your living room more comfortable as well as giving you furniture that will give you and your family pleasure for many years.