Liven Up the Family RoomAuthor: admin | Category: Remodeling
Decorating Tips to Liven Up Your Living Room
Whether it is watching a movie as a family, playing a board game or sitting quietly reading on your own, one of the most frequented rooms in the home is the family room.
This room, more commonly referred to as the great room, is one of the rooms in the home that guests initially see and it can form a lasting impression. With this is mind the area should be decorated to mirror the homeowner’s lifestyle. It should also project a homey, comfortable and livable image. After all, this is the room where everyone spends so much of their time day in and day out. So, why not make it the best room of the house?
With a combination of imagination, good taste, great furnishings and accessories any family room can be transformed into one that exudes style and warmth. Here are some tips on how to decorate this room to create an inviting place and a welcoming impression on guests.
Reorganize the Furniture
Lifestyle or taste should determine the focal point of the great room area. If there is a warm, cozy fireplace, why not try rearranging furniture around it so everyone can enjoy? Or if there’s a large media center and this is the focal point of the room, furniture could be set around it. Nothing like viewing the latest in DVD entertainment on a large screen TV while nestled in a plush sofa.
When rearranging furniture, also consider the traffic of family members and guests going back and forth. Does the arrangement of the furniture allow free movement and flow? Does it give an uncluttered appearance?
It is always better to arrange furniture in off-square angles. This makes the room warmer and more casual. And instead of placing large sofas directly against the wall, why not place it a foot or so away from the wall and add a neat accessory such as a lamp?
Colors have psychological impact on people and their moods. When applied in the great room area, remember colors can intimidate, invite or irritate. Decorating with colors is also an inexpensive way of enhancing a room because it only involves painting or wallpapering walls and placing a few coordinated accessories.
The room should be warm and pleasing, and one of the warmest and most relaxing colors is blue. Blue offers several hues and it’s one of the most flexible colors around. Try and coordinate carpets and walls to match.
Create space and depth by adding a mirror on any wall. The mirror should reflect something pleasing to the eyes. If there is a lot of wall space, try adding a small painting on either side of the mirror.
Add Smaller Furniture
To create a “lived-in” look, position small furniture in the room. This can be a small bench, or a low sofa table. Add magazines, journals and newspapers under the table. Placing flower vases, baskets and small plants on a table also creates beauty and helps to liven up the room.
Lamps can also accentuate the area. Second to color, light is a primary tool for creating a mood and setting the tone. Have fun and add unique lamps and other lighting to serve as conversation pieces.
Homeowners need only combine creativity and their own good taste to create a space for intimate and inviting family gatherings. By incorporating accessories and comfortable, yet stylish furniture, one can create a living area that is inviting, relaxing, and elegant ‘- all at the same time! ï»¿