Tips and tricks on how to design your living room.
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This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…
For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.
The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red
What makes the colors work well together?
- One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
- Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
- White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.
What makes the design sophisticated?
- Straight lines
- Geometric shapes
- Limited use of pattern
- Glass and metal
- Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point
What makes the room glamorous?
- The incorporation of white
What makes the room versatile?
- It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic
When it comes to area rugs, they can often be overlooked as an accessory for your home. Do you have a room that feels incomplete, lacks warms and that inviting feeling? When you think about area rugs, don’t think floor covering (unless that’s your specific purpose!) think accessory….as in jewelry. When you think about how an area rug can finish off a room much the same way the right necklace can finish an outfit – then you’ll begin to see the value of what area rugs can do.
Area rugs are like magic carpets. They can transport and transform, “move” rooms (and their mood) from ordinary to extraordinary, change a room’s personality and character. They can do this through their color, shape, texture and size.
Area rugs are incredible design tools. They can define a space, act as a finishing touch, establish a color scheme, underlie a key piece of furniture, soften a hard surface, welcome guests to your home.
Area rugs improve your life. They can warm bare feet on cold surfaces, prevent wear in heavy traffic areas, protect children/elderly against injury from falls and absorb sound to reduce noise. Area rugs can also cover flaws in flooring and hide not so perfect carpeting. (Voila! Problem solved.)
Area rugs are the masters of change. They’re the only floor covering you can pick up and move, easily replace – change with the changing seasons. Tired of the way a room looks? Try changing your area rug before changing other things like wall colors. You’ll be amazed at what the change can do.
Area rugs cover the cost spectrum. They can be inexpensive and machine made (cotton and synthetic) to very expensive, handmade ancient weaves.
Think an area rug might be the perfect solution for your room? Century Tile has a great selection!
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.
Handcrafted objects that show the mark of their maker seem to have more soul to them than mass produced furniture, objects and rugs. Knowing that an individual’s time and effort went into creating a wood table or a hand loomed rug imbues the object with a history and a story. Decorating with handcrafted furniture and rugs can also give your room character. One or two pieces of handcrafted furniture or a few handcrafted accents will bring charm to any room.
Handcrafted wood furniture is an art form. Whether you purchase custom crafted furniture locally or from an import store, these pieces have a unique quality. Each piece of furniture, each object or each rug is slightly different from any other furniture, object or rug made by the same craftsperson. These idiosyncrasies are what make handcrafted furniture beautiful. Some may call them flaws, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
When working with a local craftsman or craftswoman, design a piece of custom handcrafted furniture is a collaborative effort. This is one of the joys of custom furniture: getting to create exactly what you need and want. Even if you are working with a craftsperson online half a world away, you will still be able to give input and feedback on the design, size, color and patterns of the handcrafted furniture or rug.
Next time you are making a furniture, rug or accessory purchase, consider something handcrafted. You’ll get a unique piece and support a traditional master craftsman. It’s a win-win situation.
“Lions and tigers and bears… oh my.” In the design world this quote is more aptly put “leopards and zebras and cows.” Animal prints have been longstanding design elements that have become classic patterns. As with any pattern or design, these patterns come in and out of fashion. Cowhide, zebra and leopard seem to take turns being the “it” pattern when it comes to both fashion and design.
What makes these patterns real classics is that when used in small doses, they can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces. A zebra skin rug, the darling of shelter magazines a few years ago, is a much stronger design statement than a needlepoint pillow in a zebra pattern. Playing with size and scale can make these animal prints feel bold or refined. Where they are used also affects the power of their impact. A pillow or rug in animal print becomes an accent. A sofa or wall covered in animal print is more of a statement. When working with animal prints it is all a matter of scale.
This black and white living room is centered by a classic zebra skin rug. Unlike many other African animals, zebras are not endangered. The rug’s bold pattern is the only pattern in the room so the eye is drawn to it. Using only black and white furniture creates a strong graphic look to the room that feels very contemporary. If you paired a zebra rug or cowhide rug with more traditional furnishings you would achieve a very different result.
Lighting is one of the most important design elements in a room. Like color or flooring, lighting can change the look and feel of a room. In a living room, a variety of lighting should be used to create different lighting zones and layers of lighting for different activities.
Overhead lighting such as a pendant, chandelier or close to ceiling mounted fixture can bathe the room in a wash of light. This is great for when you need bright light. Activities like family game night or a party might require overhead lighting. Putting your ceiling light on a dimmer will make it more versatile. Having a soft overhead light combined with floor or table lamps gives the room a beautiful, well rounded light.
Table lamps and floor lamps can be used as task lighting, too. Next to a chair or sofa, these lights can create a place to read or use the laptop. When watching a movie, overhead light might be too bright. Using task light can give you enough light to see the popcorn and your drink without disrupting the ambiance.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space, a small task light is a good choice. A swing arm lamp that can be adjusted makes for versatile light that can be directed over the chair, onto the floor or wall. A lamp that clamps onto a table or even a swing arm wall sconce like the one pictured above can save even more valuable table space.
Which living room can you see yourself living in?
Andy Warhol is known for his bright, bold color combinations in his famous pop art silk screens. These bright and bold colors translate easily to abstract area rugs that are perfect for a contemporary room. We’re not thinking a rug that copies Tomato Soup or his portraits of Liz Taylor– although those certainly would make a statement in your room! Abstract and geometrical designs, bold blocks of color can add interest to not only your floors but your entire room.
Contemporary design is all about form and line. If you furniture has strong lines or geometric forms, an abstract rug can create a nice balance and soften the overall feeling of the space. Keep furniture colors neutral if you want the rug to be the focal point. Or coordinate the rug with an existing bold color palette if you want it to blend. Bright colors will stand out more on a dark floor or against black furniture. A colorful abstract rug paired with white furniture will feel fresh.
Bright colors, anchored by strong black lines, are signatures of pop art by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries. Rugs with abstract patterns in black and white or in contrasting colors can bring the look of pop art to a living room, dining room or hall. Let the pattern be the star of the room. Keep accessories simple.
Be adventurous and chose an abstract rug inspired by Pop Art to complement your contemporary space from our Century Flooring selection. We think you’ll love it for longer than Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame.