Whether we wish to admit it or not this is where we like to spend most of our time, especially us men. The television has become a focal point, and often, the only reason for having the living room. Personally I believe the less we watch television the better, it kills our productivity while abandoning our creativity to ignore the people closest to us.
“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.” Ann Landers
The focus therefore should be on creating a great environment to be in, good design and a comfortable place where we can put down our phones, switch off the TV and just talk to each other!
The Rustic Living Room
The raw timber trusses with exposed steel fixings and stone work mantle and chimney perfectly capture the nature of the Rustic style. The lack of television defines it as an area for gathering, perhaps pre and post meals to converse with guests and family. The fireplace is the focal point of the space and, along with the full length windows, creates a warm and inviting space. As is common with the Rustic style, comfort is key, therefore plush couches and warm colours are a must. A rough woven or raw cowhide rug adds character and warmth with natural materials. The Rustic style lends itself well to the comfortable and homey environment endemic to the very nature of the living room.
The Traditional Living Room
Classic mouldings, an ornate fireplace and a stacked book shelf are suitable in any Traditional space. Once again the focus falls on the fire place and the space lends itself to great discussions in a comfortable location. A large leather tufted couch, usually in warm or rich shades, can almost be seen as synonymous in a traditional setting. A Persian rug adds character and tradition to the style and ties the space together. The traditional style is almost synonymous with the saying “the home is where the heart is” and there is no place more homey than the living room.
The Industrial Living Room
Due to the, often, cold nature of the Industrial style the living room is an opportunity to add warmth. A comfortable couch does wonders to soften the rough edges of the material. Again there is no television (I’m sure you can see a trend here) to take away from the expansive windows allowing light and warmth to flood in and capture the focus of the space. To ensure there is an area to warm your bones from the unsympathetic remainder of the Industrial style, I feel a comfortable, inviting living space is essential.
The Minimalist Living Room
As with the Industrial style, Minimal can, seem, quite cold and clinical. The open plan nature, stark arrangements and lack of colour can do that. Often, the furniture holds true to the clean lined characteristics of the style, making the space seem clinical and uninviting. These hard edges can be softened with the addition of a textured rug (just look at that thing, it makes you want to rub your face on it), large comfortable throw pillows and a focal fire place. Unfortunately the television could not be avoided, but in this case it is tucked away to the side of the room and moulded seamlessly into the wall unit, therefore in this case I will allow it. The Minimal aesthetic is very purposeful about its constraints and therefore leaves little room for embellishment. The living room, being a comfortable space, can afford the opportunity to splash out with colour, if one desires.
The Eclectic Living Room
This is the style to go wild with and to let the personality out. The warm, inviting nature of Eclectic is perfect for the comfortable living room. Bright colours, stacking books and feature lamps are, seemingly, thrown together but all add character to the space. Random throws, different cushions and coloured rugs work well to tie things to together. Interesting artwork or a feature piece of furniture can provide a point of focus and interest. Opposite to the Minimal aesthetic Eclectic is purposeful in its abundance. It is very easy to get carried away and allow the clutter to take over and produce a mess. The lived in quality of the Eclectic style lends itself perfectly to the homey and welcoming feeling a living room stands for.
You now have great ideas and inspiration to style your living room to your taste and lifestyle and eventually your entire castle. You can use different styles/themes for different rooms. Personally I prefer one style for an entire abode as the design heavily dictates the aesthetic and having too many changes can make your place look gimmicky and badly thought out.
This is the beginning of customizing your home to one of a Gentleman’s standard.
“Let’s be honest about it. That big room isn’t the living room at all. Unless you have a great many rooms, that is a ghastly waste of space. The living room should be lived in.” – Billy Baldwin
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