If you make the circuit of your friends regularly you know there are some living rooms that are more attractive than others. This is not a case of just decorative styles and schemes, but some are more inviting and welcoming than others. Some are living rooms you just like the ‘feel’ of and others feel cold and make you just want to go home.
So, how do you make sure your home has a living room with the right feel instead of one that gives your guests cold feet?
There are a number of things to take into consideration as you try to sort out this question. First, let's look at some of the features that you can bring into play in your living room.
If you want a cohesive look in your living room, you should really consider a lounge suite. This is when you purchase all the pieces of your living room together, in a matching set. There is something about everything matching that just makes them more welcoming and inviting.
While purchasing a lounge suite is a start, the next thing you need to do is make sure it is comfortable. You don't want to have board-hard furniture that people are uncomfortable using. This is a sure-fire way to make them want to go home so they can be comfortable once again.
If you are going with a modern or contemporary decor style in your home, you may think you need to space furniture out, with fewer pieces in the room. Avoid this urge. Even if you have a massive living room space, and only one modern furniture suite, you should group the pieces together so they are an area for conversation. People are not comfortable feeling they have to yell across the room to be a part of a conversation. By grouping your furnishings closer together you will create an atmosphere of coziness and camaraderie.
Nothing says relaxation like having a bar in the living room. In today's world of great rooms the bar has often moved from a lounge area, right into the living room. This will be a space where great conversations are started, and likely finished, over a few drinks.
There is more than furniture that needs to be in place in order to create a great living room. If your guests are only looking at white walls it will feel like they are in an institution. That is not a very comfortable feeling. Utilizing wall art to dress up the room will give it a little more personality and energize the atmosphere.
Whether you are in the cold north or in the tropical south there is something about a fireplace that says coziness. In the north, you may well want to put this in use on those cold winter days, but even in warmer climes, a fireplace is a great source of emotional warmth in a room.
As you contemplate the decor in your living room, this list is a great starting point to work from. Also, take note of what makes you feel ‘at home’ in other homes. Add all this information together and use this knowledge to create a living room everyone will want to visit.
Tom Matherson writes for Worldwide Tapestries which offers a wide collection of French, Italian and Belgium wall tapestries to enhance any home. See the latest range of wall decor including a wide selection of large wall tapestries to decorate any room or home setting.