Moving to your new house is an exciting time, but there are some basic essentials that you need to make your new dwelling look, feel and function like a home.
Here are a few essential décor and furniture items that increase the comfort of your living area.
Curtains are one of the most useful items in your living room. Many people pick curtains for aesthetic purposes, but curtains provide many functions outside of style. They are used to control light. Curtains let in light when you draw them open and hide it when you want shade. Curtains also provide insulation. During summers, lighter and airier fabrics are recommended. In winter, it is better to layer up your window coverings to keep the cold away. When choosing colours, consider the colour of the backing/lining as well. This is to make sure they look good both inside and outside of your home.
- The Right Sofa
The best seating arrangement will be customised to your space. You need to give it some thought when choosing the right sofa for your living room. A two-seater and one or two armchairs are ideal for a small living room. You can also consider slimline, less bulky designs to minimise clutter. For a bigger living room, choose a large three-seater or modular sofa. And don’t forget to make sure the furniture that you’re moving into your new home will fit through the door. Take measurements, including the total width, height and depth, before purchasing a lounge suite.
Cushions are mainly thought of as décor, but they offer a few practical functions. Hence, they are considered as a must-have item in living rooms. Firstly, cushions provide added back support for extra comfort while lazing on your sofa. Secondly, the added padding is very useful during winter, especially if your sofa is made of leather or vinyl fabric, which is cool to the touch. In terms of the colour of your cushions, first, determine your colour palette. Are you using a neutral shade or a pop of colour? Then, experiment with the size of the cushions and the textures of the fabric. All of these add to the fact that those little cushions make your living space more comfortable and inviting. For inspiration check out my Pinterest page!
- Hard surfaces
After you have picked your sofas and chairs, you’re not done. Your living room will definitely need a coffee table and/or side tables. The size, materials and shapes of these living room essentials will be determined by the size of your space and your preferred aesthetic. Your lifestyle will also influence your choices. For example, if you have children, you might want to choose a round coffee table. While a modern-style lounge may call for a glass, marble or a type of plastic. While coffee tables are the common choice, depending on the space available, you may opt for side tables. For your colour palette, again, if you’ve selected neutral colours, pick a complementary colour to bring harmony to the space. Or, you may choose to create a statement piece by using a bold, contrasting shade. Whatever combination of colours you choose, one thing is clear: you’d want a space where you can place your cup of tea or glass of wine after a long, busy day.
- Mood lighting
Two things control light in your living room: curtains and electronic systems. Mood lighting is essential to living spaces, a place of relaxation. To pick the right living room lighting, layer the lights, which means you have to use three types of artificial lighting: ambient, task and accent. Ambient light, which imitates natural daylight, can be created with lamps for a calming vibe. Task lighting is normally more focused, like a reading lamp. Accent light, such as downlights and spotlights, puts certain design features on the spotlight to deliver your illuminated requirements. Create the perfect relaxation space by playing with the three types of lighting.