The open concept living room presents some interesting challenges for people wishing to create an inviting space. The critical feature all living rooms must have is an atmosphere that is cozy and inviting to family and friends.
Fortunately, solving the problem of making a large, open space feel more intimate is not as difficult as you may think. Having a well-positions piece of furniture along with a focal point in the room – for example a coffee table – is a great way to accomplish this goal.
The good news is you can take the open concept and make it cozy just like these 20 photos demonstrate. Check them out and apply their ideas to your living room.
1. So Fluffy
Thick, tufty fabrics are a nifty way to make your room feel playful and comfortable at the same time.
2. Reflect It
Large imposing stone chimneys can be made less so by hanging mirrors to reflect the room.
3. Interesting Shelves
Minimalist wooden grid bookshelves are smart choices for modern living rooms. Fill it with books, vases, and plants.
This kind of living room design just goes to show how big of an effect natural day lighting has on a space.
Nautical themes are a time-tested fan favorite among interior designers when it comes to living rooms.
6. Cool Colors
Pastel blue hues and light gray monotones are great color combinations for that cool ambiance.
7. Pendant Lighting
Pendant or hanging lights are perfect solutions when the ceilings are too high and using pin lights is not feasible.
8. Clerestories Only
If privacy is your thing but you want that natural daylight to come, do away with normal height windows and just go with clerestories.
9. Some Character
Old leather couches have a tendency to accumulate battle scars of the years. For the keen eye, this creates design character and makes the couch more stylish in a way.
10. Clever Concealment
Ventilation systems can be cleverly concealed using varnished wooden panels and dropped ceilings.
11. Day Bed
Day beds and chaise lounges are great seating choices for living rooms if lounge chairs or arm chairs are too plain for you.
12. Matching Artwork
When picking out what art pieces to display on living rooms, be sure that it goes well with the rest of the space’s décor.
13. Get Wild with Your Shelves
Interesting shapes can be utilized for shelving, such as this Star of David wall-hung shelf.
14. Open Up
Sandwiching your living room between two outdoor decks is a smart way to flexibly increase the floor space of the room for parties or gatherings.
15. Clean Interiors
Modern, clean, and white interiors are easy to pull off and have drastic effects on the ambiance of the living room.
Large and abstract paintings can become the focal point of plain white living rooms especially if they have a variety of colors on them.
17. Outdoor Space
Skylights and outdoor patios connected to the living room are full-proof ways of keeping a space airy and bright.
18. The Outside and the Inside
Matching the colors and styles of the adjacent outdoor patio is a smart move for any living room design.
19. Chairs and Seats
Keep a varied selection of seat for your living room – couches, arm chairs, and even bean bags.
Long horizontal design elements help make the living room space feel more spacious and airy.