Repairing and creating comfort for yourself and your family is an interesting, but very time-consuming task. It all depends on your desire, capabilities and willingness to make an effort. Until recently, we could observe typical interiors in most Soviet apartments, but today everyone can create their own unique interior that will meet all the requirements of comfort and please the eye.
Features of the
Each room in the apartment has a specific role. And no matter how beautiful it turns out in the end, if it does not meet its functionality, all efforts will be in vain.
The choice of a certain stylistic solution depends on your wishes and preferences. It is only worth noting that it should go well with the design of other rooms. As a result, you should have a single space with your own atmosphere. You should not rush from one extreme to another and decorate the hall in the Baroque style, and the kitchen in a modern loft style.
As for the functionality, then the main emphasis is on a comfortable recreation area where the whole family can gather and spend warm, cozy evenings … If only one person lives in the apartment, then you can consider such an option as combining the kitchen and living room. In a large family, this can be associated with a number of inconveniences: the smell of food throughout the room, not the most aesthetic appearance of dirty dishes in the sink, breaking the silence when watching a movie with clattering pots, etc.
Another feature that should be taken into account is the fact that this room will be the hallmark of the apartment where you will receive guests. From this point of view, it should be comfortable for them too.
Cozy armchairs or a sofa, a small tea table are attributes that will help you and your guests to have a good time.
The living room often serves several functions. In order to be comfortable and have dinner with the whole family, and watch TV, and do paperwork, it is necessary to provide for certain zones. This will make the room more complex and interesting. It is only important to correctly implement this very zoning.
Do not think that only spaces with a small square are subjected to zoning. Increasingly, designers are trying to create a single space, not divided into rooms, but at the same time performing the function of several traditional rooms. The most popular options for combining zones are:
Studio. This option is already considered a classic and does not cause much surprise. The so-called "studio apartment" is an independent, united space, in which there are no separate rooms. The issue of zoning is especially acute here
Kitchen-living room. A convenient option when households can communicate, even while doing different things (cooking, watching TV, etc.). If there are small children in the house, then it will be convenient for mommy to deal with everyday worries, without losing sight of the baby
Living room and bedroom. Quite a difficult option. On the one hand, the bedroom is a personal intimate place that should not be displayed, on the other hand, guests gather in the living room. The solution in this situation can be a transforming bed (which is retracted into a wall or podium), or a folding sofa. It can also be zoning, in which the sleeping place will be hidden from prying eyes
Study-living room. A convenient option for those who often work from home. The cabinet can be assigned a small corner or it can fully and organically fit into the living room space, occupying a large area. In this case, it is necessary to think over additional light sources
Space zoning methods
Let's consider the most popular ones:
Partitions. Perhaps the easiest and most obvious way to distinguish between different parts of the room. A stereotypical solution is a blind opaque sliding door or the erection of an additional wall with a passage. The obvious disadvantage of such zoning is the narrowing of the space. That is why designers, whose main goal is to visually enlarge and expand the existing space, oppose such an idea
They do not call for the abandonment of partitions at all. Just consider the option with transparent and translucent glass options or openwork partitions made of plasterboard, wood, iron and other materials. Also, the role of a partition can be played by a rack or a plane with through openings, which will act as shelves.
Furniture. Historically, in most apartments in our country, we see furniture that is placed around the perimeter of the room. Until recently, no one would have thought to put a sofa in the middle of the living room. Modern design ideas are embodied in all kinds of furniture arrangement options. And the same sofa in the center of the room can now act as a dividing element between the living room and the kitchen in the case of a studio. If necessary, equip a sleeping place in the living room, you can use the wall-island. From the side of the hall, place a TV on it, and perform the opposite in the form of a cabinet with shelves, or it is just interesting to decorate it. It will serve as a kind of screen behind which the bed can be placed
It is better if it is foldable or transformer, then the room will in no way give out its second purpose (bedrooms), and guests will not be embarrassed at the sight of your berth while sitting over a cup of tea.
Columns. Such decorative elements look very graceful indoors. Do not think that these are only those sculptural forms that we are used to seeing in theaters and palaces. Modern columns can be a part of a wall (corner, ledge, etc.) painted in a different color or finished with a different material (brick, wood, etc.). It should be understood that when using false columns, the original geometry of the space breaks. Make sure that the proportions are observed and the room looks organic
Columns illuminated by an LED flight deck acquire additional charm. In the evening, it serves as both a light source and a decorative element.
Podium. A very effective element of the room design. Thus, you can highlight the dining area, the kitchen area or relaxation area. It all depends on your requirements and wishes. Contrary to popular belief, a small room can also be equipped with a podium. In this case, the storage systems hidden under it or even a roll-out bed will save space in other rooms. The podium looks especially impressive in large rooms (at least 20 sq. M), emphasizing their scope
Finishing. The use of various materials for finishing areas is one of the simplest and most practical solutions. Don't forget about a sense of proportion. Don't try to fit all your ideas into one room. Combining different textures and colors is not easy. Therefore, try to visualize the final picture. If possible, ask the designer for advice so that you can live pleasantly and comfortably in the resulting environment
It is not necessary to be limited only to a different color of wallpaper or paint, get creative. Wood in its various forms, decorative brick and stone, mirrors, bamboo and other building materials used to highlight individual zones will look very fresh and non-trivial.
- Shine. Decorators pay special attention to lighting. Due to the light, the same interior can look completely different. Yes, you yourself may have noticed that if one of the lamps on the chandelier burns out, one of the zones becomes insufficiently illuminated. It is not enough just to hang a few chandeliers or lamps and just "light up" the room. Consider several lighting scenarios. Each zone must have independent light sources. This will help, for example, to comfortably relax in the bedroom area, while a lamp may be on over the dining table. In the office area, equipped with a floor lamp or a table lamp, it will be pleasant to do paperwork, and households at this time can calmly watch TV.
- Decorative lighting will help to highlight the zones. The LED strip perfectly delimits the space, but this option is relevant for the dark time of the day. Spotlights are completely invisible in the daytime, but perfectly function as a light backlight in the evening. The main thing is not to overdo it. Everything should be laconic and sophisticated. Chandeliers, floor lamps, sconces and other light sources must certainly be combined with each other.
There are practically no restrictions on the style applicable to the living room. Decide which one is closer to you and start acting. Do not forget about the details, they are the ones that make the interior complete and cozy. The living room should not drastically get out of the general style. Having initially thought over the concept of decorating the entire apartment, it will be easier for you to decide on the filling of the living room. We offer you possible options for styles for consideration, but this does not mean at all that this list cannot be supplemented by your own and unique design:
Oriental - very cozy, serene and inviting to rest and relaxation style. It can combine brightness, saturation, an abundance of prints and details. Only a designer can make it harmonious and modern. Otherwise, you run the risk of crossing that fine line and getting instead of the "colorful East" a room in the style of a "gypsy camp"
How pleasant it is to return home and mentally find yourself on the shore of the ocean, where white chiffon curtains easily sway from the sea breeze, and fresh seafood is waiting on the table. Decorate the living room in nautical style certain shades will help: from white to dark blue, an abundance of light. Attributes in the form of a "wind rose", anchors will enhance the effect
Colonial - very interesting, but at the same time restrained style. When giving preference to it, remember that in those distant times, when it was born, there was no wallpaper. Walls can be simply painted or finished with silk and velvet. Attributes include sculptures, wooden figurines, wicker baskets, globes and maps
Country style is distinguished by an abundance of natural materials: from wall decoration to textiles. Details can be taken not only from the decoration of Russian villages, but also from other Slavic countries, which will add individuality to the interior. Close to country style with some caveats
Modern classics reflects high quality traditional furniture, respect for classic proportions and expensive textiles. At the same time, the color scheme remains restrained, as close as possible to natural shades
Fusion Is a combination of elements of different styles within one room. This is a rather difficult, but at the same time very interesting task. Try to combine styles that are close to each other: modern and minimalism, classic and Italian
It is difficult to name the distinctive attributes or objects inherent in american style… But he is invariably given out by the arrangement of furniture. Very often, such a scheme can be seen in the living room-studio, when chairs and sofas are located in the center and form a recreation area, being at the same time zoning elements
Ie.it seems that the apartment does not have separate rooms, and the whole space is simply correctly divided into certain zones.
Eco-style construction materials of the latest generation allow you to simulate any texture and volume. In this case, you can make a parody of wood trim, but the whole style calls for using only natural materials
Safari - these are rich shades and prints for a tiger, zebra or crocodile. In short, everything that is associated with Africa and safari
Japanese style characterizes the minimum of furniture. Better if it is completely invisible, no bulky cabinets and mezzanines. Japanese hieroglyphs and drawings will emphasize a given theme
Abundance of white, light, almost weightless furniture, natural materials - these are the distinctive features scandinavian style… The room should create a sense of freedom and spaciousness. The presence of artificial and natural lighting will help this
Modern. Many are afraid of him because of the distorted concept. This is a very organic style, which is characterized by modular furniture, natural finishes, a natural palette of light colors, the use of natural materials, forged elements and the absence of heavy interior items
Minimalism - its name speaks for itself. However, despite the seeming simplicity, it is very important here to think over how not to overload the interior with furniture, while retaining all the functionality
Many do not like loft, as it is considered unacceptable to leave brick walls without finishing. The task of a real designer is to create a feeling of a cozy and habitable space, even with such an unusual wall. A distinctive feature is the unification and creation of a single space without dividing into rooms
Baroque can only be implemented in large rooms. Bulky furniture, impressive size chandeliers and floor vases simply won't find a place in small living rooms, and even an area of 17 sq. m will be small for them. This style boasts expensive textiles, vintage pieces of furniture, stucco and carved wooden doorways
Wooden walls and floor, fireplace, stone as a finishing material (fragmentary) - that's all there is chalet style. The main thing is that the items should not seem new. Surfaces and furniture age artificially and give them a slightly worn look, but it looks very cozy and home-like
Colors and decor
It is difficult to give universal advice on which shade or color combination to use in the living room interior. Each of us has our own preferences and tastes. Natural shades of beige, brown, gray and green are considered universal. But you shouldn't do everything from walls to furniture in the same color scheme.
To make the living room look harmonious, you can use the golden rule of all designers - 60-30-10. It means that the main color in the interior should be about 60%. The next 30% is an additional hue, and the remaining 10% is an accent. Obviously, this whole range should be ideally combined with each other. The color wheel will help to find the best options (all designers use it), the colors located next to each other and located opposite each other form ideal combinations.
As for the decor, it should look organically in the given space. There should not be a feeling that this is decoration for the sake of decoration. Pictures look great in the living room. Recently, modular paintings have become a very relevant option. Family photographs, decorative items nestled on the shelves create a homely atmosphere.
With all the variety of choices, one can single out the main prints that feel great in the living room:
- flowers and vegetation;
- animal drawings (animal skins);
- classic patterns (can be large and very small);
- newspapers and print (this can be wallpaper or real newspapers inscribed in the interior as an accent);
- stripes (they can be both vertical and horizontal, but you should not paste over all the walls with similar wallpaper).
The most common decorative item in the living room interior is paintings. Their versatility lies in the fact that, depending on the image, they can fit into any style and design.
Floor accessories include vases and figurines or oversized figurines. Such bulky objects will look ridiculous in small rooms cluttered with furniture, but in spacious rooms they will find their rightful place and become its decoration. All kinds of candles of all sizes and colors can be found on the market. They can comfortably sit on shelves or niches, or even imitate the presence of a fireplace.
When considering the issue of zoning, we already realized how important lighting plays in this matter. The classic option is to place the chandelier in the center of the room. In this case, it is necessary to correlate its dimensions with the dimensions of the room itself.
If you are accustomed to spending evenings in front of the TV, then provide dim backlighting or an additional sconce (floor lamp) for the evening. But during the day, you may need an additional light source, for example, above the dining area.
As for the ceiling, in addition to the chandelier, spotlights or LED lighting can be provided. This will help create uniform illumination of the entire room, and in the evening the dim light of such additional lighting will create the desired mood.
Also recently it has become important to make furniture, shelves and paintings with backlighting. This creates additional light accents that look very impressive.
We cannot imagine a kitchen without a stove and work surface, a bedroom without a bed, and a living room without cozy armchairs or a sofa. The choice of furniture largely depends on the functional load this room carries in your apartment.
No need to clutter up the space … Let the feeling of spaciousness and comfort remain. This can be facilitated by hidden storage elements, as well as furniture, the dimensions of which are commensurate with the square of the room. As for the design of individual items, in total they should create a single composition, harmonizing in purpose, color and style.
Tips & Tricks
When decorating a living room, the following nuances must be taken into account:
- Don't try to save money on everything. After all, you have been creating an interior for more than one year. And cheap, substandard things are not able to last long.
- Clearly define the style of the entire apartment and follow it.
- Consider several lighting options. This will need to be done before installing a stretch or plasterboard ceiling.
- Do not neglect the details, they emphasize the style and complement the interior.
- Choose your color scheme with care. To understand what color you will feel comfortable in, analyze your wardrobe or remember the color of your favorite thing.
Here are some examples of stylish living rooms. The image you like can serve as a source of inspiration and ideas for redesigning your room.
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