Most articles that talk about design and decoration are solidly focused on adding property value because renovation has become a major craze in recent times. What people seem to be forgetting is that a home usually has to be lived in for a long time before anyone gets around to selling it, and some people will never sell their home.


Obviously, the living room is an important part of home life, which is where it gets its name. So, because it is such an important room, and because it’s likely that you and your family will spend a lot of time in it, it’s important to make sure that you actually can live in it.
That means the room should be designed in a way that suits you, regardless of whatever future value it may have. When it comes time to sell, you can always decorate it then, and probably should because living any kind of normal life will always put some wear and tear on the house, no matter how careful you are. Forget what the “experts” say about design rules. What do they know about your family? Make your own rules, and enjoy doing so!


Some of the things you could consider when redesigning are:

1. The living room is a high traffic area

In most houses, the living room sees more action than anywhere else, because usually people have to pass through it on the way to some other room. It’s also a place where the family tend to gather together so keep this in mind when you are designing. You should make sure it is not too difficult to move through the room, and think about the wearing effect of many feet tramping over the same spot year after year (this, in fact, is one reason why it is a good idea to rearrange the furniture every now and then). Cheap carpets will wear down quickly, and the carpet is one of the most expensive things to replace. A good quality durable carpet may cost more, but it will stand up to a lot more punishment.


2. Make sure furnishings will fit before you commit to purchasing them.

This one catches many people out, but sometimes when shopping you might spot that really beautiful table and think it would look great in the living room, only to find that it won’t fit with all your other furniture.

3. Consider renting furniture rather than buying

Renting furniture is less expensive than you probably think, and it comes with quite a few benefits. For one thing, you can change and redesign the room frequently, and your furniture will never look old. Moving house will be easier too since you don’t have any responsibility for packing up and moving the furniture, so home furniture rental makes life easier.


4. Locate televisions and home cinema units so that light does not fall directly on the screen

Good room design requires thinking about where things go, so the placement of power outlets and windows is actually really important, and certainly a lot more so now than it was 100 years ago. Many rooms are designed in a way that light will fall directly on the screen of a television if it is placed in the spot that seems to have been designated for it to be placed. Sometimes that’s the only logical place to put it, in which case, at least, consider heavy drapes that can block out strong sunlight.

As previously mentioned, the living room is one of the most important rooms in the home so doesn’t it make sense to give it all of the attention it deserves when decorating?



Images: Family apartment in Barcelona in an industrial aesthetic by vilablanch studio.