The living room is the heart of the house, indeed, it is the image. It is the environment in which we spend more time, where we meet with friends and relatives, where we belong for moments of relaxation in front of the TV or with a good book. Yet, even if we take for granted what furniture to insert, making the room we have in mind is not easy.
In our living room there will be sofas and armchairs, sideboards, shelves, tables and paintings; but how should we advance in the selection of furnishings and how should we distribute them in the environment to get a good result? The following is a small reasoned guide to accompany you step by step to the composition of the living room of your desires.
Let’s start from the carpet
It may seem strange, but decorating the living room starting from the carpet can help us immediately take the right path. The carpet, in fact, delimits the space within and around which the seats and accessory furniture will be placed, creating a mesh in which it will be easier to organize all the elements. In addition, the carpets can act as a focal point when in counterpoint to the style of the other furnishings.
Pro advice: avoid small carpets compared to the proportions of the relaxation area; a suitably large carpet will add importance to the whole living room. It is a good idea for anyone sitting on the sofa or in an armchair to rest on your feet.
2. His majesty the sofa
The sofa is the essential element of any living room. Normally it is the first thing you choose and it is the element that gives the “La” to the rest of the furniture. Even before buying the beloved model, however, we must also talk about measures here.
We begin by saying that usually a single sofa is sufficient and that will have to fit into an environment along with other furnishings. The sofa should have proportions proportionate to the room and oversized models should be avoided even when the space abounds. In these cases it is preferable to opt for two smaller sofas, from two places or two and a half places: they will better define the relaxation area and will be more practical and functional.
Pro advice: at the cost of being unpopular, I advise you to avoid large sofas with peninsula or curved shapes: at least if it is not a hotel lobby, they will never be used any more than a smaller sofa would occupy space.
In choosing the wardrobe for the bedroom, today there are many more possibilities than before. Because the available finishes are really numerous (lots of lacquered and laminated / melamine colors in addition to the various essences available) and because bed and wardrobe are no longer part of the same collection in which each piece is necessarily finished in the same style, material, color, but one is “free” to match what one wants.
However, if the wardrobe is now totally free from the “forced” combination with bedside tables and bed of the same series, this makes it more difficult to choose, because you are afraid of not being able to combine colors well (for furniture, walls and floors) or types of wood. The doubt becomes even more pressing when you already have some elements that can not be changed (the floor for example) and you have to buy only the wardrobe .
In some cases it may be fundamental – due to the presence of too many colors – to take a floor color back into the wardrobe, opting for a sample lacquered model , that is exactly in the desired color. This is a very frequent case, even when you want to keep old floors of marble chips or cement tiles that are composed of different colors and which may slightly limit the chances.
Let’s take another example: the wall behind the bed has been painted gray or upholstered with a tapestry ? You can have a lacquered wardrobe in the same RAL color of the wall or in one of those present in the wallpaper. Also taking into account the differences in tone and reflections on different materials (plaster and wood panels), wardrobe and wall will be perfectly matched.
A crucial issue for an optimal result is then to exploit all the available space both to contain more, and to have a pleasant “whole-wall” effect . Two possibilities:
- if you are renovating , you can make niches perfectly tailored to fit a standard-sized wardrobe (previously chosen, because not all companies have the same standard);
- you buy a standard size cabinet and complete it with just one custom-made moduleto keep costs down. Alternatively, if you want an equal size, all the modules should be tailor-made with obvious consequences on the price because a standard model has a lower cost than a custom one.
In such cases it is not necessary to contact a craftsman, because some companies are able to guarantee the customization of the wardrobe in all aspects, the finishing and the measurements. In general, the customization of colors and sizes costs from 25 to 40% per cent more, unless special offers and promotions .