Your living room usually has two primary functions; a space to relax in and an area to entertain friends and family. It makes sense then that you should decorate your living room in a way that creates a happy balance between comfort and style. However, this is not always easy to achieve. If you focus too much on comfort, it could end up looking untidy. But if you go too far down the stylish route, you may end up with a stiff and unrelaxed atmosphere. If you are keen to learn how the create a perfect combination of comfort and chic in your living room, here are some tips on how to do just that.
Whether real, electric or gas, fireplaces create a certain comfort and stylish feel to a room that is hard to beat. They are not only functional and cosy when it’s just you and the family; they also act as a wonderful centrepiece for a gathering of friends. If you have a real fireplace which is a bit on the rustic side, give it a good clean to make sure it looks at its best and can function properly. Consider getting an elegant set of fireplace tools to add a bit of glamour to your living space. Contemporary gas and electric fireplaces are just as functional and mesmerising as their real counterparts. In fact, you can get some fireplaces these days where it is very difficult to tell whether they are real or artificial. If you live in a modern style home, you may like the idea of a fireplace that can be built into the wall and is operated by a remote control.
Tall bookshelves that are full of classic and rare books alike look exquisite in a living area. The books that are shelved provide hours and hours of relaxing entertainment for you but will also be a source of intrigue for your guests. If you don’t already have bookshelves, look in home stores for furniture that comes within your home improvement budget. If you don’t have enough books to fill the shelves, head to your local charity shop. There you will be able to pick up all kinds of interesting, and potentially rare, secondhand books for a very affordable price.
Comfortable, chic seating
When it comes to the seating arrangement in your living room, you want it to be comfortable for when you are enjoying a quiet night in and also suitable for your guests. Picking a comfortable sofa with attractive upholstery is an effective way to achieve this balance. You may wish to consider the range designed by Multiyork in collaboration with monsoon for this purpose. You may also want to look at L-shaped sofas. These provide space and comfort for when you want to lounge but are also big and luxurious enough to seat guests.
The perfect lighting in your living room will depend on whether you are chilling or hosting. Consider adding a dimmer switch to your main light so that you have the option of low lighting when you are having a romantic dinner. Or bright lighting when you are hosting a games night with friends, for example.