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The living room is the hub of entertainment in the house, hosting friends on the weekend and offering some much needed relaxation during the week. For many people, the living room houses the television, and so it’s where all the fights over the remote happen as well. In order to design the perfect living room, you have to give some thought to how you use it. In this article, we’ll look at how you can add Woodcraft solid wood furniture to your living room to give it character, as well as how to design the room around it.
Creating A Focal Point
The single most important tenet when designing a living room is that there needs to be some kind of central point, around which the activity takes place. This is typically the job of a coffee table, which serves an important function (as a place for everyone’s drink as they converse or watch TV) as well as meets an aesthetic demand (that the room be centered on something). Because of its importance, when looking for wood coffee tables for your home family room, choose something that will impress, like our Portland Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table or our Parkdale Coffee Table.
Let There Be Light
Now that you’ve established a focal point, turn your attention to the lighting. There should be ample light – preferably it would be natural light, but if your living room is short on windows, the next best thing is soft lighting from lamps around the room, which in addition to creating layers of inviting light, will give you an opportunity to add some personal style to the room. You can even create lampshades by repurposing household items, giving your living room that “eco chic” look.
Get The Conversation Started
So you have a focal point and some good lighting. Next, it’s important to reflect on what the living room is meant for – it’s meant to facilitate conversation. Since you already have a focal point, this should just be a matter of positioning the couch(es) and chairs around the coffee table (leaving some space, of course). Choose a wall that will be the entertainment wall, where you can put a solid wood entertainment unit, like our Modo 82” Console w/ Hutch. An entertainment unit can add real class and character to a living room, acting like a modern version of the fireplace. Or for a smaller piece, check out our Ottawa Valley 61” HDTV cabinet. To look at either of these in person, or if you have questions about any of our solid wood furniture, you can call us anytime or email us.
Add An Artistic Flair
Finally, decorate the other walls with art based on the colour scheme you’ve already established with the couches, lamps and curtains. Try and be restrained, ensuring that the art pieces follow a single colour scheme and that they are cohesive. In other words, you don’t want a loud painting with lots of neon, and a bespoke painting of sunflowers next to it. A lot of people even choose to just go with one large painting, a minimal approach that makes a statement.
Redesigning a living room should, first and foremost, be a fun experience. Try involving the family and give them options as to what furniture pieces they’d like to see in the living room. If you remember these fundamental tips – creating a focal point, lighting it amply, positioning the furniture for conversation and choosing art to go with it – you’re well on your way to a terrific meeting spot for family and friends.