There are a lot of things to consider when designing your living room, especially for an Indian home. The best place to start is to determine what you plan on using the living room for, and moving from there. What you plan to do in the living room will influence the choices you make when deciding on a layout. Make the most out of your living room by following a few furniture guidelines and keeping the room properly lit. Add some artwork and a few decorative plants to tie the room together. Here are three major things you can consider while designing your living room in India.

 

1. Arranging furniture
First, you need to determine the function of the living room. Take some time to think with these questions:

  • Do you have kids that need space to play?
  • Do you plan on hosting a lot of parties?
  • Does your living room have a large window with a great view?

The function of the room should be the main influence in how you design it.

If your living room has a natural focal point, such as a fireplace or a view, consider designing around it. Face the seating towards the focal point so that everyone in the room has a clear view. Add rotating armchairs so you can easily adapt the room to a space for entertaining. Some living rooms are large enough to split into two or more areas.

If you have a large living room, and you need a space for kids to play, consider devoting a part of the design room to a play area. Use a coffee table or sofa to create a natural divide between areas. Keep the entryways clear. Avoid putting furniture too close to an entryway. Guests entering the room should have plenty of clearance. Keep plants and other room accents away from the entryways as well. You don't want your guests to have to fight past anything to enter the room. Leaving the clearance around the entryway also makes the room more inviting.

Also make sure you design to fit the size of the room. If you have a small living room, try not to cram too much into it. If you have a large living room, you may be struggling with how to use so much space. Think about the emphasis of the room and how much space you have to work with. If you need extra seating in a small space, consider a combination of floating chairs and sofas. Being able to move the chairs allows you to remain flexible. 
If you have a lot of empty space in your room, incorporate it into your design. A big open room can be welcoming. Whatever you do, keep the room balanced. :)

 

2. Lighting the room

Creating layers of lights can be excellent for the design of any Indian home. Don't rely on a single source of light to light your living room. Try to blend several layers of light from multiple sources. Use a combination of ceiling lights,table lamps, scones, and floor lamps to achieve balanced lighting in your living room. Pay attention to the corners. If you have a lamp in one corner, position two more in the room to try and balance the light. Use tall lights to give the impression of a higher ceiling!

You can also install a dimmer. Dimmers give you the opportunity to change the feel of the room whenever you like. If you like to host parties, you can use your dimmers to create a flattering light. Dimmer switches can extend bulb life and conserve energy. Consult an electrician if you want to add dimmer switches to your lights. 
Make the light fit the function of the room. If you plan on watching a lot of T.V. in the room, make sure your lights aren't going to cause a glare. To make the room more suitable for winding down, keep the light low.
Certain areas of your living room may be devoted to a specific task. Put a lamp on your desk if you work in your living room. If you have a reading chair, position a lamp nearby.

 

3. Adding accents and decor

  • Hang a mirror to open up a room. If you want to increase the visual space of your living room, consider adding a mirror. This works especially well for smaller living rooms.
  • If you have a shortage of windows in your living room, use mirrors to open it up. Try situating the mirror across from a window to give the illusion of two windows.
  • Get a large rug. Rugs can make a room a lot more comfortable, as long as they're used in the right way. Make sure you get a rug that is nearly as big as the seating area. If a rig is too small, it can make the room feel smaller and disconnected. Keep the edges of the rug away from entryways or walkways to prevent your guests from tripping.
  • Furniture should either be completely on, or completely off the rug. Don't straddle the legs between the rug and the floor or your furniture will wobble. Make use of wall space by hanging art. Buy some original artwork to add some life to your living room. Go to art shows and find a  piece that makes you feel something! Original artwork doesn't have to be expensive. Check in your area for high-school art shows. You may find some pieces you like at a reasonable price. Add plants to the living room. Indor plants help purify the air in your home, and they make a room more inviting. Use potted plants, hanging plants, or shelves to add some greenery to your living room. And make sure you stick with plants that are easy to take care of, such as ferns, succulents, and other houseplants.  

 

Whatever you decide when designing your living room, be sure to add an Indian touch to it. After all, we Indians have a special style, a special way of designing.

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