Good interior design is the key to making the spaces where you spend your life as welcoming as possible. Once you’ve figured out the direction your bedroom and family room will take, it’s important to make the right decision when it comes to the living room. Do you want your living room to be to a place that exudes grown-up confidence and class, or a place the kids will feel comfortable knocking around, watching television?
The answer will depend on your family arrangement and whether you have guests over on a regular basis. Many families choose to utilize a family or child-friendly room for this reason. For the play-dates and daily unwinding so important for children, an informal “rec” room is a perfect solution. However, when the grown-ups want to kick back and do some socializing with friends, keeping a space for adults only is an excellent idea. But how do you approach the design of such a room?
First of all, you want to consider the room’s layout. Do you want the centerpiece to be a television set? Remember that a TV is often the opposite of interaction: zoning out to a screen means a departure from the people around you. Think whether you want to receive guests in this fashion, because even turned-off televisions remind us of what is lurking behind: a favorite show, a newly released film, a boxing match, a football game. Maybe the TV should be left away from the center of the room, if present at all. Consider the alternative of a painting, or designing the room in a more circular fashion, with a grand table as the centerpiece.
If you want to keep an informal feel as well as a distinguished look, a leather sofa might be the solution. The firmness and very comfortable feel tells visitors that they are relaxing and enjoying, but not slumping in a disengaged way. The rich colors and elegant frames that accompany a leather sofa can set the perfect tone for such a room. At the same time, you can introduce a coffee table that matches the furniture of your sofa. The coffee table is another place to set the feel of a room, with the right choice of books and ornaments. When you and your visitors are enjoying a cocktail or a conversation, the coffee table books provide a source for discussion and another way to bond with your friends in a mature way.
Because of this elegance that a leather sofa provides, it is a good fit for the office as well. If you are accustomed to receiving clients in your office and having discussions with the senior employees of your company, a leather sofa or love seat will suggest good taste and class. The leather pieces have a formality and classic look reminiscent of the executive offices in films. The ability to create the right atmosphere can give you the edge you need on a daily basis. Never underestimate the potential of a well-designed office or home.