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Living Rooms

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Flooring Defines Space

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This space has an open feeling but clearly defined areas thanks to some really smart design decisions.

Changes in the level of the floor as well as different types of flooring provide a natural separation for the functional areas in this great room. The main living area has 24-inch stone flooring with an inviting shine that contrasts gently with the Oriental rug that defines the conversation area. This room is a step below the rest of the space, helping to create a feeling of landing in the middle of the home. Outside of the main living room, wood and tile combine to keep the flooring choices interesting.

The kitchen toward the center back of this photo requires three steps up to enter, separating it from the rest of the home. By reducing the lighting in that space, it’s possible to almost make that kitchen disappear, reducing worries about clearing up after a dinner party with the open style of this home.

The ceiling also shifts dramatically to help define each area in the space. Varying heights, a triangular sunroof and wood trim keep the ceiling both interesting and functional as a space separator.

Finally, the walls demonstrate their own design statements such as the wall-pillars in rich leather brown and the half-walls as room dividers. Altogether, the architectural features make this open space feel both cozy and inviting, while still showing a spirit of adventure that takes this home far beyond the average.

A Gentlemen’s Living Room Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Fun. Carefree. Cool. Classy.

These are just a handful of the adjectives that can describe the life of a bachelor. So no matter whether you are a bachelor decorating your own living room or decorating for the single gentleman in your life keep in mind those four words.

The living room of a bachelor pad is one of the most important rooms of the home as this is a place which gets a lot of use whether it be alone time or with a large group of buddies. Here are some decorating ideas to create the perfect gentlemen’s living room.

  • To create a relaxing and entertaining atmosphere, a high definition TV is a must. Imagine a big flat screen mounted on the wall where favourite shows and sports games can be watched from a super comfy chair or sofa. It will really make the living room the ultimate hang out place.
  • For furniture, darker and richer colors such as on a leather sofa can help create a classy and masculine look. This is true of any style decor from modern to traditional.
  • Since the living room will double as an entertainment room, a mini-bar stacked with all kinds of drinks from wine, to beer and soda will be a nice addition too.
  • As for the wall decors, anything masculine will be a perfect choice depending on taste and style it can be anything from framed sports posters to abstract prints.
  • A display cabinet or shelves can also be a nice living room décor to display trophies, sports memorabilia collection, liquor collection or to showcase the hobbies and interest of the bachelor living in the pad.

So who says single gentlemen can’t make a classy home? With the help of some of these tips, decorating an ultimate living room for a bachelor is fun and carefree.

Small Space Living

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

You can live big in a small space if you make smart design choices. This condo provides a great example of steps you can take to make your living area functional and interesting. Let’s take a look at why this works so well.

Step 1: flooring. Small spaces seem bigger when you use only one type of flooring. This light porcelain tile works perfectly. Setting it on the diagonal moves your eyes through the space, increasing the perceived size. Rugs such as the one in front of the fireplace allow you to define specific functional areas in this great room without closing off any space.

Step 2: furniture choice. By choosing one wood tone and style, all the furniture connects even though functionality varies. This room manages to have a kitchen, dinette, bar area at the island, dining room and living room while still feeling roomy. Other furniture choices such as using a love seat rather than a full sofa in the living area and selecting a circular table in the dining area keep the space clear with a natural traffic flow. If you constantly have to move to avoid furniture a space quickly feels too small. There is plenty of space to maneuver here.

Step 3: light. By selecting a light tile for the floor and coupling it with white walls and sheers on the windows, the space feels open and inviting. The dark furniture anchors the room and keeps it interesting. With all the light tones, the room itself almost disappears and the focus is on each living area.

Picture each area enclosed in walls and you will understand how much living has been tucked into this room. Are you letting a small space feel smaller by your flooring and design choices? Maybe it’s time to open things up!