Interior design ideas to make the most of your living room in winter 2021
Think about the different things you want to do in your room and arrange the furniture accordingly. For example, a TV corner with sofa; a reading or conversation area with a few chairs and a table; and a workstation with a desk and chair.
The beauty of this approach is that you can mix and match different styles of furniture: a modern sofa here, a vintage cocktail chair there. When multiple workstations are needed, make sure they are in different parts of the room – in large spaces, consider using a screen to separate them. Lewis is currently working on a living space comprising two work areas, one on a fold-down desk on the wall, the other on a table that will double up for dining.
How to zone
During office hours, claim a far corner of the room with a side table and stool that you can easily move if space is limited. Take note of the nearest power outlet for all your charging needs (and a desk lamp for those darker evenings that lie ahead).
Likewise, for playtime, place your yoga mat or Peloton bike in the opposite side of the room for a psychological change of scenery – just beware of the floor and mopping ability.
A screen divider or art deco style bookcases are clever ways to separate designated spaces and the clever placement of lamps helps cast pools of light in the evening. Remember, this zoning method is temporary and a great way to maximize the potential of your living space – you don’t need to build a partition to create a multipurpose space.
Find the furniture that’s right for you
“Very often a customer will say that they bought a sofa for their living room, but it doesn’t look good, and that’s because they bought something the size of a boat and ‘it swallows up all space,’ says Lewis. While comfort is key, that doesn’t necessarily mean buying the biggest sofa and armchairs that will fit the room.
Unless your living room is purely a TV room, opt for styles that won’t dominate the space. Especially in small rooms, avoid wide or rolled arms and look for sofas on legs, which give the illusion of more space as you can see below.
“People always say they want to be able to seat a lot of people in their living room, but if you’re entertaining, people just need somewhere to perch,” adds Lewis, who recommends replacing tall chairs with ones. lighter models without armrests. , such as tub chairs that can be easily moved around, making the room more adaptable.
Storage for your living room
Any hardworking living room needs lots of storage, and the rule of thumb is to add more than you think you need. “I would always go for the integration, because you need everything tidy for that clarity of mind at the end of the day,” Lewis says. “A wall of built-in cabinets is far better than separate furniture scattered around. I always start with the handles and work backwards from there in terms of design.”
Consider what you need to store – whether it’s work accessories, exercise equipment or toys – and incorporate open shelving to display the things you want to see. A well-organized room will be easier to store and a calming space.
Vibe is everything
Just as it’s important to master a peaceful mood in the bedroom, remember how the living room helps you feel before you retire for the night.
Soft, muted hues are surefire color combinations, but if minimalism isn’t your style, play around with textures and micro-patterns to achieve your maximalist solution.
Materials such as bouclé, linen and rattan make savvy buys for a muted update, and won’t be moving off the radars of designers or department stores anytime soon.
How to style and furnish your new living room
- An upholstered ottoman will do the same job as a coffee table, especially if you put a large tray on it to hold drinks, but it will add a more decorative look (and extra seating). Get one with storage for added convenience.
- When choosing a sofa, look for a seat depth of 66cm, a seat height of 45-48cm and an overall depth of 95cm. “That way you can fit cushions along the back, but you won’t fall back into it,” says Benji Lewis.
- In a room that needs to be multitasked, rather than having one purpose (like the fireplace), have several. A chair next to a bookshelf, a built-in window seat, or a plant display can all serve as alternate focal points.
- Get the biggest rug you can afford. A room looks much closer together if the furniture sits on the rug rather than on the edges. If you have the budget, get a thick one for the winter and a lighter, flat-woven one for the summer.
- Don’t forget the details. If traveling still seems like a long way off, bring yourself the ambiance of a boutique hotel. Think useful stationery on a side table, a diffuser placed by the door, and a knick-knack or two scattered around the room.