Living room areas are defined first by the use and then the elements that can physically define the space. To start this process when planning the room we need to identify what we are going to do in the room.
If you are summing up your wish list for a realtor who is trying to find your dream home, you may be confused on terminology. Then again, you may not believe you are confused but the realtor's definition of a room and your definition is entirely different.
Before you purchase new furniture for your living room there are several facts you have to determine. First, how is your living room going to be used? Is it a formal room where guests will visit for a short time but you will not be serving refreshments?
Lucky individuals who own a piano and know how to play them are often in a quandary when they move. They know where they want it but do not know exactly where to put the piano in their living rooms. It all boils down to what kind of piano the homeowner has and the purpose of the piano.
(please note clicking on the illustration will give you a larger view) This article follows on from the first steps to planning a living room. Here planning a living room has had the "bubbles" defined into areas. We determine the size of the area by measuring the furniture, allowing for the space and circulation and then drawing rectangle to that very approximate size.
(please note clicking on the illustration will give you a larger view) The simplest solution to planning is using the bubble diagram to establish relationships and positions initially and then defining the space by measured area, taking into account what you are trying to place in the room will determine the sizes of areas that are required.
Modern living rooms differ to the traditional and ornate in that they are usually simple in their approach and often minimalist with strong accent on color and simple form. This simple room is basically black and white with an accent on the Arne Jacobsen egg chair in a soft yellow.
In this picture we have a contemporary room using intense color to give high contrast and a striking impression. The idea is fine however perhaps the choice of the color strength isn't working with the floor or cabinetry.
The living room has many functions, it is a place of rest and relaxation, an area for entertaining guests, a entertainment area for TV and stereo. Decoration can help create those separate spaces within one, with the use of floor rugs, furniture placement or even lighting placement.
What looks better at night than luxury curtains drawn in your living room, they make the space appear warm and cozy and add texture and color to the room. During the day the curtains frame the window adding softness and design to the living room.