It’s true, they do say that the kitchen is the heart of the home – but the sitting room is without doubt, where all the action goes down. Sometimes it’s literally referred to as the “living” room, because this is where the family will tend to do a lot of their living. Think about it, birthday presents will be opened here, family parties will be held in here, and even those cosy family nights cuddled up on the sofa will be in the sitting room. We’ve established that it’s one of the most important rooms in the house, and it’s the place that’ll be host to a LOT of memories, but what if you’re feeling like changing up the décor? If you are, then here are some top tips on how to best decorate your sitting room.
Choose the Right Furniture
More and more people are struggling to shift their homes off the market. In recent property news, it’s been shown that it could be harder to sell your home on the average property market now more than ever. Although they say it’s a buyers’ market in countries like the UK where they’re in uproar with political uncertainty surrounding Brexit people are becoming less likely to invest in property at current, it’s sad but true.
This is why, now more than ever, it’s crucially important to show off your rooms to the best of their ability – not only if you’re selling, but especially if you’re selling. The reason we’re talking about this here, is because the sitting room is one of the main furniture-heavy rooms in the house, and the one that families will look at instantly.
With all of that in mind, it’s crucial that you’re choosing the right furniture for your sitting room. If you’re redecorating a good place to start is by stepping back and taking a look at what it is you already own, then deciding what is looking a bit tired and has to go, and what is fine to stay. Remember that the sofa in your sitting room is like the bed in your bedroom – without it, the room really lacks purpose. If you are going to splash out on something lavish for the sitting room, make it the sofa! After that you can accessorise it with coffee tables, units, shelves and mirrors to your heart’s content! The furniture you choose has the power to maximise or minimise the size of your living room to the naked eye, so be mindful of what you choose, and how you place it. It really is what makes or breaks a room.
Have a Focal Point
Choosing a focal point for your living room is crucial in tying the room together. Although some people are lucky to have a built in focal point, such as big statement period windows, others aren’t. This is where you have to make the focal point yourself.
This could be anything, from your sofa, to a grand mirror, to a statement piece of artwork. Whatever it is, it needs to stand out, and be put in a place in the room that can be easily seen upon entering. If we’re talking about selling a home, whether that be literally to a buyer or trying to impress your guests, the first thing you’ll want them to notice when they walk into the main room is the focal point. It’s the “piece de resistance” of the furniture world, if you like.
Choose an Appropriate Colour Pallett
Of course, when choosing how to decorate, colour is usually one of the first things you consider.
Neutral colours just don’t seem to be going out of fashion, and they lend themselves particularly well to sitting rooms. Not only do they give the space an overall tranquil vibe, but they also optimise your space, and give you total free reign with the rest of your décor. This means you’re flexible to change your colour scheme through accessories and furniture as you please!
Lighting is Everything
Last of all, but potentially most importantly, remember that lighting is everything.
Through the day, it’s important that your sitting area is well lit, so it can be seen in all of it’s glory. However, on an evening, it’s a better idea to set the mood with numerous lamps, candles and other lighting accessories.
As well as this, remember to allow the natural light to enter the room. Don’t block your windows with furniture – let the sun shine in! It makes all of the difference, and it naturally heats the room. Result.