Living room Design
Residential Design : Part-3
Living room Design -
While the interiors of a home should reflect the personality of its occupants & meet their day-to-day requirements , the budget factor plays a crucial role. let us look at each section of the house & some of the options that you can consider.
Living rooms :
First impressions count a lot & since most visitors do tend to evaluate the decor of a house based on the initial imapct, people often lay a greater emphasis & mark almost half the total budget for designing the living room .
Living room is considered the face of the house, the furniture used here should not be too heavy . Moreover there should be enough flexibility to allow different layout options, so that the decor scheme does not appear monotonous over a period of time. If you are planning to keep costs to a minimum, choose from the readymade living room packages comprising sofa sets, centre & side tables, dining table with chairs and sideboard units, which are available in the range of approximately Rs. 1.50 to 2 lakh.
A few rugs placed around the centre table or between sofas would also be nice, adding Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 to your budget. If you wish to have a decorative ceiling ,instead of going for a complete false ceiling , which is not possible in a limited budget , corner mouldings can be opted for.
For those who want a lavish look, marble flooring for at least the living room area , which can cost about Rs. 120 per sq. ft . Using stucco paint i,e marble plaster @ Rs. 70 per sq. ft. on one of the walls will add an elegant touch. The room should have up-lighters & some spotlights highlighting artefacts. Avoid ceiling lights as they tend to make the ceiling feel lower. Opt for soft colours and monochromatic colour schemes. Use cream, beige, gray or cool pastels on your walls & floors to make them recede.The ceiling should always be the lightest colour in the room.
Wallpapers are costly but can be used for giving the living room a special look at Rs. 25 per sheet approx. You can also add wallpaper borders to make the room look more lively & homey. To add a spectacular & sophisticated look to the room try painting the top half of the wall a light pastel colour & the bottom half of the wall a rich , darker colour.
Hang pictures, clocks or other items of interest on the walls to make your rooms more appealing . You can use pictures of family members or pictures of scenery or a combination of both. Arrange the pictures in a variety of positions. Purchase two matching collage frames ,insert photographs & hang one slightly higher on the wall than the other. Mirrors can be used to make a small living room appear larger than it actually is .
Plants are another great way to accessorize any room. You can use live plants or silk plants in your home decorating .
Above all, make sure the room captures & reflects your distinct personality throughout that alone will add interest & individuality to any decor scheme.
- Rishabh Shukla
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