Lounge room design ideas

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Lounge room design ideas
Making your lounge room look comfortable is key. (Living room image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Lounge rooms, also called living rooms or parlours, are in the heart of a house. When designing your lounge, make sure you know the purpose of the room. You'll need to decide if you'll use the lounge primarily for entertaining, relaxing after work or as a place for your family to gather. One you have a clear vision of how you'll use your lounge, the design process can begin.

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Assign a Focal Point

A focal point helps create a sense of order in the room and can help make your design efforts flow more smoothly, according to Home Decorating Made Easy. The focal point can be an architectural aspect, a piece of furniture or a piece of art. Examples of architectural focal points include large windows with a view of the landscape, or a fireplace. Furniture that can serve as focal points includes pianos, entertainment centres, bookshelves or an antique chest. Pieces of art such as paintings, photographs or sculptures also make good focal points in a lounge room.

Create a Feng Shui Feel

According to Indo Base, the lounge room should face south or be located in the southern part of a home and have a nice view in order for it to have a feng shui feel, or a sense of balance. If the view outside the lounge room's window is of a city skyline, place large plants in front of or outside of the window to contrast the straight lines of the buildings. Arrange furniture so not all pieces are parallel to each other. For example, if a coffee table and couch are parallel to a wall, place a couch perpendicular to the coffee table. If a lounge room is connected to another room or has an alcove, Indo Base recommends separating the areas with large potted plants or a screen. When there's an area of the lounge room that seems empty, add floral arrangements, potted plants or an aquarium in this spot. Additionally, if the room has a door, arrange chairs and couches so the backs don't face the door.

Make the Space Appear Larger

The use of light-coloured paint, furniture and floors can make a lounge room appear larger than it is, according to My Lifetime. Accent the light colours with neutral colours such as brown, tan or olive green. For example, if your sofa, walls and carpet are white, use light-olive-green curtains for the windows, tan pillows on the sofa and a coffee table that has a light-coloured stain.

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