To decorate the hall as beautifully and gracefully as possible is the dream of many people. The problem is that sometimes the area of this room is small, and it seems that you will have to limit yourself to the simplest design solutions or even leave the most rude interior, limited to superficial repairs. Upon closer examination of the problem, it becomes clear that it is completely solvable. You just need to know the basic principles of modern design and be able to use them.
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The interior of the living room should always be built taking into account the fact that no other room in an apartment or house is used so actively. Think carefully about what mood this or that stylistic move will create, what the perception of the room will be for people who first enter it.
It is imperative to decorate the space with taste, but at the same time leave some intrigue. In other rooms, you can still choose, but the hall is designed taking into account both at the same time.
It is very difficult to plan large-scale changes in a small area, especially with the placement of large furniture and equipment. But as the practice of designers shows, there are no insurmountable obstacles here! You just need to carefully read the practice of other people and see how this or that solution will look in the photo. Under this condition, even in a small area, the most modern ideas, avant-garde and extraordinary techniques will be quite appropriate and will give exactly the result you are counting on.
Start with the most important elements:
- Floor covering;
- Furniture products.
Consistently moving along this "chain", it will be very easy and simple to create an optimal interior concept that will satisfy the most severe critics. Only after that does it make sense to work on the functional characteristics of the room, eventually moving on to auxiliary accessories and attributes that emphasize this or that idea. In most cases, it is necessary to combine various functional zones, dividing them in space and isolating visually defined areas.
For zoning, the play of light and shadow, the display of furniture, the combination of colors and finishing materials are widely used.
The design of a small area is often done in a modern style, the integral attributes of which are functional perfection and emphasized accuracy. The contours are drawn, shown in as much detail as possible, uniform colors are used (necessarily those that do not create excessive stress). The most modern materials and recently appeared electronic devices are actively used.
To get away from the feeling of an office, it is enough to introduce fresh decor, use textiles, sofa cushions. The use of indoor plants is also a good idea, but they will need to be clearly entered into the surrounding ensemble, which is not always easy.
If the total area of the living room is 12 and 15 sq m, it is already sufficient for finishing in a classic style. Such a solution means the symmetry of the entire environment, harmony and lightness. There should be no pushy inclusions, but you can afford to use more white tones, use crystal lamps and gilded mirrors.
The main element of the decor is often wood-carved furniture painted in ivory. If you don't like this step, you should take products from shiny, polished wood of expensive varieties.
A classic is unthinkable without stucco molding, without embossed cornices. Place at least one arch or column to emphasize the completeness of the interior, and cover the windows with heavy curtains with a vertical drapery look. Carefully select the hooks for them so that they are not too large and coarse.
An excellent alternative to the classic design is provencal living room - it will appeal to everyone who likes romance. You can safely use lace, glue wallpaper with floral prints, use beige, blue, peach and even gray shades for decoration. When the renovation is completed, all that remains is to invite the guests and arrange a pleasant and unhurried tea party.
Those who are not inspired by the previous two options should take a closer look. to the loft style. It is characterized by naked walls, panoramic windows and a limited amount of furniture. To decorate such a living room, they use abstract painting, black and white photography, and even metal floor lamps.
A small room can also be finished in the spirit of minimalism. Place only extremely necessary things, give up the slightest decorations, put furniture in a compact design and the most modern household appliances - nothing else is required to comply with the concept. The interior is most often made monotonous, and only occasionally a second color is added to the dominant color.
Accent tones should be done, albeit saturated, but strictly in a calm manner.
Completing our review of miniature living room styles in a Scandinavian spirit. It is characterized by snow-white background elements, which are only in isolated places complemented by beige or juicy accents.
Try to bring as much natural light into the room as possible to make the atmosphere fresh - this is what professional designers and experienced architects do.
Even the most trained designers are advised to use light colors so that the room is perceived wider, and you can avoid a uniformly faded atmosphere by adding a limited number of dark inserts. No matter how stylish a certain bright tone is in itself, its excessive introduction in the living room is contraindicated, this will lead to the absorption of space.
To make the visual size of the room larger, you can use not only light, but also neutral tones, but certainly no more than three at a time. Dark blotches are also acceptable, but they should be introduced in the tone of the floor, in the colors of furniture and in decorative elements.
Strictly forbid yourself to use any flashy elements, then the hall will fulfill its function and will not irritate emotionally.
Around very bright objects create a gray asphalt or silver background. When the living room is made in autumn colors, brown paint can be used to a limited extent, but this should be done carefully in order to avoid deliberate gloom.
Blue wall tones along with white ceilings and moderately light furnishings are the perfect match for any style. Where design emphasizes connection with nature and naturalness, green is the place to be.
Lilac colors are the lot of romantics and dreamers; but even the harshest and most pragmatic people appreciate the rest in such an environment.
In a small apartment, it is recommended to combine wallpaper of different shades, but the main one should be relatively dull, and the accent one should be the brightest. When you know that the finishing materials will come into contact with the claws of pets, embossed wallpaper covered with a randomly applied small pattern is preferable. This solution will mask those defects that will inevitably appear. If the goal is to raise the ceiling, it is worth covering the walls with material that has vertical stripes.
Try to use the same finishing material for rooms, halls, bedrooms, this will allow them to be clearly connected into one complex, and will not think about other ways to demonstrate unity.
The floors of small rooms are covered mainly with natural parquet, carpet and laminate. If you have funds, you can use self-leveling floors, tile and metlakh tiles, artificial stone, ceramic granite. It is easy to increase the height of a room by decorating or polishing the surface.
It is better to make carpets in houses and apartments where small children live. - it will be warmer this way, and there is less risk that expensive finishes will be damaged during very active play.
It is undesirable to cover the walls with bright materials, where it is more correct to use plain paint, wallpaper without seams or with narrow ornaments oriented vertically. Thoroughly polished brick or natural stone masonry is often a good solution. Other attractive options are well-polished stone, PVC panels, panoramic wallpapers with 3D images, glass partitions (plain or with a mirror effect).
An original (but not appropriate in all cases) move is the use of artistic painting. Plasterboard walls are easily decorated with illuminated niches, they hide aquariums, appliances, collectibles, freeing up space.
To decorate the verkhotura, stretch ceiling structures with a mirror effect are used. Two-level systems based on drywall and combined solutions form successful competition to them. The cheapest will be the alignment with painting in white.
But you need to immediately figure out whether such work will turn out to be excessively laborious and time-consuming. Plastic panels are bad at visually reducing height.
When choosing fabrics, be sure to combine them with the style of the interior. The textures of silk, satin and velvet fit into the classic environment, white translucent fabric into the loft, and a small floral pattern in the country. A light fabric with a shiny effect works great for the external expansion of the territory. The curtains are combined with other finishes. You can either repeat the color of the walls or focus on a similar color.
Subtleties of furnishing
Since the living room is small, primary attention should be paid to the dimensions of the furniture to be placed and its practical characteristics. Excessive value is categorically contraindicated, however, it is unreasonable to reduce the functionality of the products. For a long time, mezzanines and volumetric wardrobes, heavy even in appearance armchairs and pedestals, have gone out of fashion. The end-time priority is the use of transformers.
Hybrids of an armchair and a bed, along with tables "books", will take their rightful place in the hall of the most exquisite and beautiful house. During the daytime, there will be a lot of space, and at night you can fully regain your strength.
Alternatively, you can use a corner sofa. It takes up less space than its full-length counterpart, but is in no way inferior to that in practical terms. The recreation area is most often combined with the dining area, and in case of an acute shortage of space, a folding sleeping corner is also made out there.
Square living rooms can be furnished with any kind of furniture directly against the walls or in the center. If you apply corner solutions, it is easy to create a diamond-shaped composition. In a rectangular space, it is worth using furniture with high backs. If you choose more mundane solutions, there will be a feeling of ambiguity, blurring of the situation.
Living rooms of atypical planning schemes, as well as those created from rooms of unusual configuration, are recommended to be furnished with items of angular or semicircular shape. It is important in such a situation to ensure that all parts of the space are well lit.
You can decorate the space of small living rooms in a completely original way. All it takes is a little imagination and creativity. Here are several options for the interior of small rooms, taking into account all the features we already know.
Most of the surfaces in this living room are quite light, this is especially true for the ceiling, where a chain of lighting fixtures is used. One of the walls is of a bright burgundy hue; the pillows laid out on the gray corner sofa are in harmony with this color. A TV is installed on the accent wall, and a white oblong stand adjoins the bottom of it without any transition. A carpet spread on the floor and several flowers in vases placed in different places help to make the atmosphere more comfortable.
Before you is a subtle play of light and dark tones. The streams of light pouring through the window are abruptly cut off at the borders of the curtains, black and white colors are found in the ornaments of the flooring and pillows. Separate pillows and an armchair act as color accents, while a black TV is mounted on the slightly beige wall. Underneath is a storage system in a noble woody shade.
Here the designers were inspired by the idea of the most light classic interior. This is evidenced by the graceful flower decoration of the walls, and the skillful drapery of the windows, and the appearance of the chest of drawers (even its handles), and the curved openwork furniture legs. The floor covering is light, the joints between its blocks are not immediately noticeable.
Immediately, the developers of the concept were clearly adherents of the loft. A black glazed partition with a door leads to the next room. In color, both the lampshade of the main lamp and the group of auxiliary ceiling lamps are in harmony with it. The brick wall, on which a pair of not too wide shelves was fixed, is occupied almost all along its length with a contrasting white sofa.
And here they combined blue, black and white tones in one composition. Painting with a seascape harmoniously emphasizes the color of the curtains. A diluted version of the same paint shows us a flower on a chair. The gray sofa is replaced by an exquisite dark wardrobe with mirrors and white elements on the facade.
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