Creating a living room that works for the whole family can be tricky as it needs to balance comfort and practicality with looking good. The living room is the home’s entertainment and socialisation hub, so it needs to suit a range of activities alongside presentability. There are a few things to consider when designing the space to ensure that it covers all bases like seating and storage. Fancy learning how to make the living room work for your family? Read on for our guide below.
One of the best feelings in the world is sitting down on a comfortable sofa after a day at work; this feeling is only rivalled by spending the weekend lounging around and watching films with the whole family. That’s why a great sofa, or even a corner sofa if you have the space to accommodate it, is essential to a well-designed living room. Don’t be tempted to save a few quid when shopping for one though as a good quality sofa will be better value in the long run. Look for sturdy fabrics treated with stain-resistant where possible and darker shades to give the sofa a longer life. Filling is really important too if you’d like your sofa to last a long time and this tends to cost a little more than cheap fibres filling lower priced sofas. Cosy it up further with colourful pillows and a few throws for those all-important afternoon naps.
Storage is always going to be a contentious issue for any household, namely not having enough of it. Some careful planning and a touch of cheating can help to solve the problem. Think of your coffee table, it’s likely to be a glass/metal contraption or maybe a solid wood – it takes up a lot of space and presents a hazard to small children. Why not swap it for an ottoman that can double as a coffee table? This is an incredibly versatile option that will be safe for little ones, can double up as seating, storage – all the while functioning as a coffee table too. You can protect the fabric with a decorative tray that can be removed whenever you need to use the surface for seating.
A living room is the heart of the home and there’s no better way to express this than through photographs. We all have countless snaps on our smartphones that either get posted on social media or are altogether forgotten. A wall above the sofa or a sideboard is the ideal for a family gallery wall. You can opt for pictures of the same size or colour tone (like black and white) to give the room a modern and minimalist feel; or you can mix and match between frame sizes and even finishes for something a little more eclectic. It’s great way to display those special family moments and make your home’s decoration truly personal.
A living that works for the whole family is always going to be about flexibility and durable furniture that can double up as storage. Don’t be afraid to accessorize with funky fabrics and personal mementoes to make it feel personal, homely, and fun.