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Living Rooms, Designing and Decorating

The living room, lounge or originally the drawing room is the area we withdraw to relax, read a book, watch TV or a movie, listen to music, entertain or be entertained in. It’s interesting that the room can have a single function or many as open plan living came into being or fashion with the influence of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and le Corbusier. So you can see why there is so much to consider when you choose to design your living room. There are multiple spaces within one space that need to be designed. The flow from room to room or space to space soon incorporated many differing functions into one space. When designing a living room there is no right or wrong way to go about it but each design and decision must be justified with well thought out practicality and argument about its proposed uses and functions otherwise the design is usually ridiculed.

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Living Rooms Today

Living rooms in today’s modern world may also have many functions or be limited to just a few and we often see homes with two living areas. One for the family and the other for “formal entertainment” or socializing. Not everyone advocates open plan living and there are many examples of the spaces divided into separate rooms. In fact with modern day living the need for separate media rooms, studies and dining areas has become more and more prevalent and there seems to be a trend to have the main living rooms and dining rooms connected but separated by movable walls and large opening doors.

Family Living Rooms

The family living room has to cater for all those using it. This not only includes the adult family members but also children and pre-schoolers and more often than not is attached to the kitchen where the parent may be working. Considering this, site lines and storage also need to be considered as well as the different methods or techniques employed to define the areas.

Decorating Living Rooms

More often than not, the television becomes the focal point of the living room. This is great if you spend all your time watching TV, but not so good if you want to make your living room multi functional. Some people have the luxury of having a family room, here they keep the television and leave the living room for more formal occasions and entertaining. Whatever the case, the living room is often the room in which people judge our design taste.

So the living room should portray you and your family’s personality, what you are interested in, your collections, your artwork, your travels, all the things that make your living room feel like home and comfortable to you. It should house all the things that you love to have around you. Not things that you think you should have because they are in fashion or the style of the moment.

Take a look at the articles below to get some ideas for decorating and planning your living room.

All the Information you Need about Living Rooms

Information about decorating the living room with lighting, window treatments and placing furniture will be available on this website as will heating, daylight use and how to create spaces without barriers. There are a number of architectural plans to study and many photographs and illustrations (make sure you click on the images to enlarge them).  All this wrapped up in sound design philosophy and different styles should help with the design and decoration of your living rooms.

Planning a Living Room

Modern Living Room Color Ideas

Planning Spaces in a Living Room

Modern Living Room Ideas

Defining Living Room Areas

contemporary living room to antique comfort
From Contemporary Living Room to Stylish Antique Comfort – see a modern new apartment transform into a haven for antiques and artwork. Using wallpapers and beautiful fabrics.
1970s living room
1970′s Style to Contemporary Living Room – from 1970′s to modern contemporary. Great inspiration for those of you with a 1970′s home needing attention. It just goes to show that with good planning and vision you can bring your home into the 21st century.

budget living room makeover

Budget Living Room Makeover – A modest living room transformed by the creative use of inexpensive paint effects. See how you can change the look of your home on a budget using a simple monochromatic decorative paint effect color scheme, carpet and drapes.

Sheers and voiles as curtains

Sheers and Voiles as Curtain Ideas for Living Rooms

living room curtain ideas
Living Room Curtain Ideas – see photographs of living rooms and get interior designer ideas for their window treatments.

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