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How To Create The Most Relaxing Living Room

July 26, 2014 by  
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Your living room is more than just a room where you watch television. When it is decorated in just the right way it can be a room where you can relax, as well as a place where the family will be eager to gather and spend quality time. Everyone needs a space in their home where they can kick back and let go of the stressful activities of the day. With the right touches, your living room can become that space and so much more.

Ideal Relaxing Living Room Shades

One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their living room is using a colour that is not the most relaxing shade. Just as decorators suggest cool colours for dining rooms to soothe the mind and keep people from overeating, there are colours that work best for living rooms to bring a feeling of comfort.

Red shades

Red shades

• Red: Living rooms that are painted a warm, comfortable shade of red are thought to bring people closer together. This relaxing shade is also known for stimulating the areas of the mind that affect conversation. A rich red living room will keep family members and guests talking to each other honestly, as they will feel extremely comfortable.

• Blue: Shades of blue in the living room can be tricky, but if the proper shade is chosen, blue can do wonders for the soul. Robin’s Egg Blue and Turquoise are two great shades of blue to use in a living room, as they are happy and bright. These shades also bring an overwhelming feeling of calmness.

• Purple: A rich shade of purple is elegant and sophisticated. These attributes can provide boosts of confidence and feelings of well-being. Purples that feel luxurious also bring out strong creativity. If your family members love to write, paint, or play music while relaxing together in the living room, purple would be an excellent choice.

• Green: Living rooms decorated mainly with shades of green are the most calming rooms. This shade lets people unwind while also keeping them alert and focused enough to maintain conversation and attention to those around them. Sage is a very popular shade of green for living and family rooms.

Green shades

Green shades

Colours to Avoid

Though certain varieties of colour are ideal for living rooms, some of their closest colour wheel counterparts give the opposite effect. Though they may seem like they would be comforting, many of these shades bring negative emotions to the mind, giving you the opposite feeling that you want to experience while in your living room.

• Dark Blue: Shades of dark blue, though they may seem deep and comforting, bring out feelings of sadness. Dark blue is reminiscent of a brooding, stormy sea. These are not the feelings you want in the most social room of your home.
• Yellow: It is widely believed that yellow rooms upset young children, and make adults irritable. In other rooms, it can produce feelings of cheerfulness with its sunny charm. In a large space meant for relaxing, it has the opposite effect. Yellow can be used in the living room as an accent colour for decorating purposes, but should never be used as the main colour of the room.
• Orange: While orange is the most invigorating colour of the spectrum, it is not well suited for living rooms. Accent pieces will brighten the spirit, but orange as the main colour stifles the body’s ability to relax rather than nurturing it.

Purple living room

Purple living room

Neutral Colours- Do or Don’t?

Neutral colours are often the fall back choices for people who are unsure which colour to choose for their living room. Neutral shades are a comfortable, safe choice; however, they do go out of fashion from time to time. Black should never be used for a large portion of the living room, as it is extremely overpowering; but many home decorators recommend that all rooms have a hint of black for grounding purposes.

Living Room Designs That Promote Relaxation

Once the colour of the living room has been decided; you can take the next step to creating your relaxation grotto: choosing the furnishings and accents that tie the whole room together.

• Choose comfortable furnishings that have hints of elegance. This will bring you feelings of comfort alongside feelings of living in luxury. For small accents, avoid objects that appear to be “too breakable.” This will allow guests to relax and not worry about breaking any of your valuables.

• Buy an assortment of accent pillows. The more comfortable and plush the pillows, the easier it will be to sink into them and let go of stress.

Living room pillows

Living room pillows

• When choosing between lighting options, choose lamps, fixtures, and bulbs that are not overwhelmingly bright, but bright enough to be able to read without straining your eyes.

• Carpeting should go well with your walls and furnishings but always choose a colour that isn’t going to cause anxiety about spills. Deeper colours are the best choices; and for more comfort, choose a carpet that has been pre-treated with a stain resistant compound to make your clean-up routine with a carpet steam cleaner easier.

Living Room Designs to Avoid

• Seating that is more beautiful than it is functional. Never select a chair or sofa on looks alone. Though the textiles may perfectly match the paint on the walls, if the furniture is uncomfortable, guests will not feel welcomed and family members won’t want to sit and chat or watch a movie together for long.
• Avoid making the room look too put together. Yes, everyone would love to have a living room that looks straight out of a home and design magazine; however, a room that is too perfectly put together may come across as unwelcoming and cold.
• Choose items that aren’t going to cause you to obsess about cleanliness. In order to completely relax, you can’t have your focus drawn to things that get messy easily. Avoid things like white furniture and carpeting- apart from being stark and cold, these items are tough to maintain.

The Easiest Way To Create A Relaxing Living Room

When looking to design your living room as a place to relax and enjoy company, look at the name of the room itself: living. By combining beautiful colours and designs that are comfortable and functional with a feeling of the room being truly lived in, you will achieve your desired result: a living room that welcomes guests and family members that you can feel comfortable escaping to in your free time.

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