In every house living room is a center of family concentration, a place to have a rest, parties holding, chat-in with friends, or lonely nights with a book. And multifunctional room shall be ready for all variants of amusements.
What should be taken into consideration, when choosing textile furniture for the living room:
- How many people permanently live in the house ownership or apartment (these factor will influence both number of furniture items, furnishings capacity and choice of models, variant of modifications);
- How frequently the furniture will be used (living room in city apartment, where a family lives permanently, or a family room in country house, where family stays only in summer, requires different approaches, when estimating a successful choice of furniture);
- the manner in which family members usually spend time in family room, for example, watch TV set and chat in the bosom of family, read books alone or all together play table games (both number of furniture items, placement of furniture, and choice of model will depend thereon);
- if the upholstered furniture is permanently used as sleeping accommodation in the living room, as overnight stops for guests or there are individual guest rooms in the house, and the furniture is used only as seats (all this influences the choice of material and frame structure, availability of transformation mechanisms);
- if there are small children or pets (in this case special attention shall be paid to the choice of upholstery material and possibilities to clean surfaces);
- if the living room is an independent room or it joins other functional segments of house (dining room, kitchen, study, or library);
- dimensions of room, number of windows, and door openings, fireplace in a family room and other structures, influencing the disposal of furniture and free space;
- stylistic, color, and texture solutions, adopted for the living room design.
Choice of the furniture is a finishing touch in the complex of repair works and room decoration. Nevertheless, this process is very interesting but very important. These days the assortment of the upholstered furniture is able to leave in doubt even homeowners, who clearly understand design and characteristics of the future purchase, without mentioning buyers, who are going to choose on the principle of “like – dislike”. Prior to going shopping, be inspired by the designers’ ideas and beneficial data from a numerous photographic illustrations variations for living room or hall.
Upholstered Furniture as a Way of Space Zoning
If your living room consists of several functional segments in one large premise, it is reasonable to suggest, that the living room area will be emphasized primarily by furnishings. Until quite recently our nationals could not even imagine another variant of the main upholstered furniture item location, namely, sofa, anywhere else, except against one wall of the room, while in the foreign design projects you could see sofa against the wall mainly in the small-size rooms. In such premises, the furnishing arrangement shall save as much usable space as possible. But, if we are talking about the big room, where besides the living room, there are kitchen and dining room, in this case, furniture will be a zoning element, defining borders of the leisure zone.
Corner sofa in the family room (open plan) is a great opportunity both to define borders of living room within multifunctional premises, but also to provide more comfortable seats.
Sometimes within the living room there are such zones as study and library. It happens, that there is a creative workshop of one family member in the public room. In this case, this furniture also has several functions, one of which is to define invisible borders of leisure zone.
Color Scheme when Choosing Upholstered Furniture is a Challenge.
Depending on stylistic trend and chosen color scheme of the living room the color shades for the design of upholstered furniture in modern living room shall be chosen. But every house owner will decide on his own if he wants to emphasize leisure zone, having purchased contrasting furniture, or to decide on neutral colors, relevant for the general interior climate.
Furniture with upholstery of various gray color shades will be popular and harmonious for long almost in any interior. You should not purchase new furniture items or change upholstery if you decide to change style and image of the living room, having replaced finishing or decoration. With good reason gray color is considered to be the most neutral among the entire palette of colors.
Various beige color shades possess almost the same universal properties in terms of combination with a color palette of premises finishing and decoration. Light beige is harmoniously integrated into many stylistic trends when decorating the living room.
Snow-white Furniture as a Pure Image of Leisure Zone
White color will always be in the list of favorites among homeowners and designers, despite the decisions they made concerning the design color scheme, from finishing to furnishings and decoration. Snow-white furniture is not only visually seemed to be bigger than own sizes, but it creates somewhat “holiday atmosphere”, high spirits. Moreover, a room with light furnishings looks light, clean, and even airy.
To create truly snow-white image both white color shades of interior finishing and analogous palette can be used. In such living room design it seems, that furnishings are dissolved, becoming an integral part of snow-white idyll.
Bright Spots in Living Room as a Bold Decision When Choosing Furniture
In the living room, finished in light colors, bright furniture will be not just an emphasis, it will become a focus of attention, around which all the design concept will be built. The picturesque color shade of upholstery or even varicolored print only in one furniture item introduces holiday spirit into the interior, making the design unique.
Occasionally, it is enough to have only one item of the upholstered furniture with a really picturesque color of upholstery, to make a room with the most neutral upholstery brand new. Against the background of snow-white finishing of the living room, bright English style sofa looks luxurious, becoming not just a focus of attention but the spirit of the interior.
Big living room with light finishing is short of bright contrasts. The items can become these accent spots against the background of neutral color gamma. For more harmonious decoration it will be appropriate to duplicate color shades of the furniture upholstery in the elements of decoration or accessories of the living room.
Choice of Materials for Modern Furniture
A variety of variants of materials used by the manufacturers is very wide. But among the numerous variants the most popular are as follows:
- textile – Jacquard, velour, split leather, flock, Gobelin, linen with synthetic yarn;
- natural leather;
- synthetic analogues of leather coatings;
- fur for furniture with various length of pile
Leather upholstery provides furniture with peculiar chic, adding some brutality in the room interior. At the same time, leather upholstery is very useable, it is easy to clean, properly using it, it will serve for many years. But, it is obviously, that such kind of upholstery is expensive.
Imitation of the leather upholstery costs much cheaper than natural material, but it can look quite respectable. Your furniture with upholstery made of artificial material can look identically as expensive models, provided that the quality of the raw material itself and kind of stitching will meet high standards. But it is important to bear in mind, that artificial analogs possess poor air permeability, more simply, they almost do not breathe, it will be uncomfortable to sit on such surfaces if the weather is hot. And service life of synthetic analogs of leather, undoubtedly, is shorter, than the service life of the natural material.
Velour upholstery with various length of pile adds softness and warmth and coziness sense both to the furniture item and the entire furnishings of the room. Such upholstery can blend with the interior of various stylistic trends, everything depends on the furniture structure and model color scheme.
There is a little bit chilly atmosphere, lacking the warmth in spacious living rooms, full of natural lighting and snow-white finishing of almost all surfaces. You can create some coziness by means of fire in the fireplace (if any), but also by means of carpeted floor with long pile or upholstered furniture with upholstery made of faux shearling fabric. It will not be cold on this capacious and warm sofa. It is not difficult to clean this upholstery; it will be enough to vacuum surfaces once a week with special vacuum cleaner attachments.
Sofa in Living Room as a Central Furniture Item
There is little sense in arguing, that sofa takes a central place in the interior of almost every living room. Frequently precisely sofa becomes the only fabric covered furniture item in the leisure zone of the family room. Usually, in these cases, homeowners choose corner sofas. This kind of furniture is both capacious and very often can be transformed into sleeping accommodation, and its internal space can serve as storage systems for bed-clothes and additional blankets.
Very often we can see modular design sofas, including corner modification. By means of individual units we can transform capacious sitting area into sleeping accommodation, and furthermore, refresh the decoration of living room having changed the positions of soft and practical modules.
The sofa will become a focus of attention in the living room even with the most neutral gamma of upholstery in case if this color is not duplicated in finishing or furnishings of the room. Against the light finishing dark sofa looks very glamorous, contrasting. The similar is true for so-called color temperature, more specifically, if the color of a sofa is cold, and the room finishing is warm, so the image of the room will be very interesting, rich, and unique.
Upholstered Furniture Arrangement in Modern Living Room
Depending on, how your family is used to spend time in the living room, two kinds of arrangement of leisure zone can be distinguished. In the case of isolated scheme, this kind of furniture is arranged around some island, for example, a coffee table or big ottoman, able to function both as a seat and table. As a result of such composition of furniture items in leisure zone, everyone, who is sitting, will feel comfortable to chat, play games, or to drink tea in the living room.
When arranging furniture around the island it is possible to use a central element, which is partially an item of the furniture set. Upholstered table-ottoman can serve as a tabouret and function as a seat, if there are many guests, parties, or pink teas are held.
In the case of open kind of furniture is often arranged along walls, usually, in front of video zone. If the living room is often used as a home theater, or the room is not big enough, an open composition will be a successful variant, and sometimes even the only one possible.
Choice of Upholstered Furniture for Various Living Room Interior Designs
Undoubtedly, decisions made by you or your designer on the living room design style influence the variations of furniture, which the soft zone of the room will consist of. Harmonious integration of furnishings in the existing room decoration results in attractive and ergonomic in terms of the living room useful life. There is a number of models, which will be relevant in different stylistic trends, chosen for the decoration of a family room. Strict geometric shapes, minimum decorative components, the neutral color palette will be a recipe for success for homeowners, who do not want to risk or want to emphasize other interior design items.
But there are many restrictions when choosing furniture for a living room in a particular style. For example, the simple minimalist sofa will be irrelevant in the classic interior, whereas decorated furniture item with baroque cabriole legs and carved details gains resonance in the family room, designed in the rustic country style.
Minimalist furnishings of living room suppose strict and laconic design. When choosing furniture items for leisure zone in such premises comfort and convenience come to the forefront, leaving behind even a hint at decoration. Simple, even unnoticeable color scheme is an ideal variant for a light palette of the living room, designed in the minimalist contemporary interpretation.
Contemporary supposes a few pieces of furniture with an original choice of models. They can be designer’s armchairs together with the renovated sofa, manufactured in the previous century. Extraordinary models with an original approach in construction or choice of fabric, color, and texture of upholstery, but unavoidably, functional, convenient in use and in terms of cleaning.
Usually, for the living room designed in marine style, people choose furnishings of light colors. Big comfortable sofas and capacious armchairs of neutral color shades (most often, white) are decorated with cushions with clear marine theme or hint at colors of sea waves or blue sky above the watery waste.
For loft style very often designers recommend using furniture made of leather (natural or artificial, it does not matter, everything depends on your financial possibilities). Slightly brutal furnishings with leather upholstery fits harmoniously into the industrial ensemble.
Not only luxury furnishings with baroque details such as cabriole legs and rich decorative components can be suitable for classic style interior. Traditional sofas and armchairs with simple and strict geometric shapes will blend with the modern living room, creating a neo-classical design.
House in the Scandinavian style everything is simple and laconic and upholstery furniture is not an exclusion. Strict geometric shapes, neutral color of fabric, all this is subject to the maximum comfort and convenience, decorative components fade into insignificance. Very seldom furniture appears as a bright accent, interior small details, for example, cushions, small carpet, lighting unit, or additional tiny pieces of furniture such as occasional tables.
Living Room without Sofa – How is that Possible?
This is not simply possible, this is unique, interesting, and usable. If your living room requires the organization of additional sleeping accommodation, if you want to have more free space and not to cumber the room with heavy furniture, if you prefer capacious armchairs or little banquettes, ottomans, then it will be possible to live without a traditional piece of the upholstered furniture, namely, sofa.
If the living room area is not big, you can try to use small settee, low couch instead of the traditional sofa. Compact bits of furniture impart lightness to the interior. But simultaneously they will provide family members with seats. For sure, such a variant is reasonable for those, who is not going to use the living room as a bedroom even in the case of urgency.