5 Key Ingredients to Your Most Livable Living Room Yet

5 Key Ingredients to Your Most Livable Living Room Yet

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 24, 2015

Our living rooms: the hearts of our home and for some, the most used room in the space. A lot of living goes into our living rooms. Just how livable is your space, when it comes down to it? There are five key ingredients to look out for — and incorporate — into your living space. Consider them today.

Furniture angled right

We think you should aim your furniture — specifically your seating — at itself to encourage conversation, but you can choose whatever you want to be the focal point to be the focal point. The point is, is to make sure you're not arranging your furniture in ways that lead to oddly contorted body positions when you're trying to use your furniture. Always start with how you intend to use the space the most, and let your furniture arrangement fall into place after that.

The ideal amount of space between furniture

Speaking of furniture, you want to make sure you're looking at the space between furniture just as much as you're looking at the actual furniture placement. And this idea is different for every household. You might need to look at the space between your furniture to make sure you're leaving enough room to comfortably walk around it. Or you might need to examine the empty space to make sure there's not too much of it, causing you to avoid using tables, storage and more. A good way to know if there's any spacing issues in your living room is to focus on the things you trip on or have to stretch too far for.

The right material choices for how you live

While many, many elements go into you choosing a furniture piece — from the shape, the size, the function and the price, to name a few — an element that can have a HUGE impact on how livable your living room is, is what materials your furniture choices are made of. The obvious thought is what your sofa and other seating is upholstered with — you want to take in account who shares your home and what you do on your sofa to decide how durable and cleanable of a material you need.

But you also want to consider the other materials, particularly of high-use pieces like the coffee table. Even if a coffee table looks lovely and fits in with your room's style, it could really affect the livability of your space if you don't feel like you can put your feet up and or put a drink down without a coaster.

Adjust (and adapt) lighting for the room's uses

Yes of course, we're talking about the artificial lighting first and foremost. You want to have the right amount and the right types to fit in with your living room's style, as well as make sure you have the right light fixtures to help you perform any functions in the space, like task lighting if you like to read or craft in your living room. But while we tend to think about black out curtains for the bedroom, we don't always consider them for spots like the living room, which is a shame considering a lot of natural light from a big window can have a huge (potentially negative) effect on say, a TV screen (especially if you're a huge movie or TV buff).

All the functions represented (and designed for)

I think sometimes, some of us are in a little bit of denial about how we use our rooms. We have these expectations — these fantasies — of the kind of rooms we want to have. And there's something to be said for designing for the room you want, no doubt. But if you find yourself continuously using your room for a wide variety of living activities — from dining to crafting to working — and you don't take those functions in consideration when you're choosing or arranging furniture or designing the space, you could be left with a living room that lacks in livability for you.

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