Tips and tricks on how to design your living room.
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Floating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls. Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty? Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms? Probably not. While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully. This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.
Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room. Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television. Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing. The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.
The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas. Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.
One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting. You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room. This particular living room has overhead lighting.
Anyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.
Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts. Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.
Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again. Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor. Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.
Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.
Have you noticed these round floor cushions on design blogs and in magazines? They’re popping up everywhere. Seen in living rooms, bedrooms, family rooms and even in outdoor living spaces, these cushions are called poufs. The poufs can soften hard tile floors and can do the same in your home for hardwood floors, too.
The pouf is a versatile piece in that it can be used as an ottoman to put your feet up, extra seating, or a place to lounge. Traditionally made of leather, the pouf comes in a rainbow of colors including metallics. The bright colors and simple patterns on the pouf mean they can work in a number of rooms and décor styles. Poufs can be right at home in more traditional rooms and contemporary rooms. Their soft shape makes them great for children’s play areas and bedrooms.
Because of the popularity of the pouf, you’ll now find poufs made from different materials. You can find non-traditional poufs that are multicolored and made of patterned fabrics. Knitted and crocheted poufs add great texture to a room. The knitted poufs have the look and softness of a beloved sweater—great for snuggly winter decorating.
Poufs can be easily moved and stored under tables or consoles, making them even more versatile. Their portability means you can move them from room to room and even outdoors as you need them.
Which living room can you see yourself living in?
Do your children love to spend time on the family-room floor, whether watching TV, playing games or just talking together? Are you a floor-sitter yourself? If so, it may be time to look at flooring for comfort as much as style.
Choosing an area rug with comfort in mind may seem unusual, but it can make a real difference for you and your family. A family room is really all about having everyone enjoy the space, and with a few simple decisions you can add to everyone’s pleasure.
To start, shop the rug’s pad. Look for one that is suitable to the flooring you have in your family room. Every type of flooring does better with a rug pad designed for it. Select the best quality pad you can afford; a comfortable rug starts with the pad.
Next, feel as well as look at any rugs you are considering. You may even want to bring a child along to stretch out on possible rug choices and give you a thumb up or down. Other issues such as allergies to wool may affect your choice of materials. A rug such as the one shown is very cozy thanks to the long thick yarn. However, even low-nap rugs can be comfortable if they are well constructed.
Once you’ve found the perfect rug, shop for a few large floor pillows to add even more comfort. Then stretch out on the floor with your family and enjoy yourself.