Best Living Room Ideas: 5 Ways to Create a Living Room Space Perfect for the Whole Family by Kiley Morrow
There may be no better feeling than relaxing with the whole family and watching a movie with homemade popcorn. The thing is, though, many living spaces make it hard for families of all shapes and sizes to enjoy this time together in comfort.
As the hub of any home, it’s a great idea to create a living space to suit everyone – whether that’s your immediate family or any members of your extended one. It can be tricky to cater to everyone’s taste, but not impossible. These handy tips will show you how to transform your living space into one that feels warm and inviting so everyone can unwind:
1. Maximize Your Living Space
Unfortunately, not every family home is blessed with a large living space. While this can make it harder to adjust for the whole family, it’s something you can work with. Even the smallest of living spaces can give the illusion of more space with the right tips, so don’t let size get in the way.
You can start by getting rid of any clutter, as this can make small spaces look even smaller. Using clever storage solutions, like footstools that can double as storage boxes, you can store all the belongings you need to keep close by.
Next, reassess your color scheme. Darker colors can make a room look dingy, while lighter colors can make a room look airy and more spacious. They also can help you make the most of any natural light. You can purchase muslin curtains so the light from your windows always illuminates your space. As the final touch, try rearranging your furniture. Using Feng Shui, it’s easy to place furniture to both maximize your space and invoke feelings of well-being.
2. Prioritize Comfort
It’s almost impossible to have a family-friendly living space without making it comfortable. Not only does a comfortable space feel good, but it also can help even the most stressed people relax. Your first priority should be to change your sofa. This is the focal point of any living room and is likely to be where you host guests when you have them visit. For this reason, a sectional sofa is perfect for large gatherings and larger families. Not only can it be rearranged to suit everyone, but you can make it smaller or larger depending on how many people you have over.
Remember, it’s not all about your furniture – soft furnishings can make all the difference when it comes to comfort. Invest in some soft blankets and plush cushions, or try your hand at making your own sofa throw with the family using old clothing. This way, even kids can get involved!
If comfort is your goal, why not also bring some relaxing scents into your space? Candles may not be the best idea if you have young children, but you can always make your own aromatherapy room spray.
3. Don't Get Caught Up With the Latest Trends
Those who have an interest in interior design may wish to use this opportunity to refresh their space to match modern trends. While this can be fun, it’s also an expensive habit, and may even interrupt the peaceful moments of family life. The important thing to remember is that this doesn’t mean you need to settle for a living space that doesn’t reflect the trends.
Instead, work with classic paint color and invest in some timeless pieces of furniture. For example, mid-century coffee tables and bookcases are looks that rarely go out of style. You can then update your room to match any trends using soft furnishings, artwork and clever furniture rearrangements. Having a sectional sofa also can make these transitions much easier.
4. Create a Healthy Living Space
There is a lot being said at the moment about spaces that can affect both your mental and physical health. As your living space is the room that your family may spend most of their time in, it’s only natural that it can have an impact on your well-being. Luckily, any changes you need to make here are both easy and inexpensive, and are a great way of making your space look more modern.
It’s wise to invest in a dehumidifier, especially if you live in hotter or more humid climates. This keeps the damp out of your home, but also keeps the air fresh and cool for when there are more people gathered in your space.
No matter if you live in an urban or rural setting, it can be beneficial to bring some houseplants inside. These plants add a pop of color, and also promote the flow of oxygen around the home. Plants can also complement any natural light you may have, which can boost your mood. Using your new aromatherapy room spray also can help, and you can try out lots of different scent combinations to suit the mood and season.
5. Keep the Personal Touches
Finally comes the most important and simple tip of all: keep personal touches scattered throughout your living space. Without family photographs and travel souvenirs, kids’ artwork and homemade blankets, you may lose the warm atmosphere that makes your family living space so special.
Keep your personal touches from turning into clutter by grouping them together in locations like bookshelves or mantelpieces. This way, you also can keep these precious memories safe for years to come.
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