By Yannick Toinette. Living Room. Published at Thursday, April 19th, 2018 - 02:59:25 AM.
When you shop for furniture, consider its visual weight. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, color and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space.
Layering rugs is a good way to texture in your spaces to the next level. Rugs can allow you section off different spaces in open floor plans, but also give you the opportunity to create movement for less flexible floorplans. Layering smaller rugs over a larger one separates multiple areas in one room.
Entryways can pose a challenge when decorating. You could put in a console with a lamp and a few books, but that’s predictable! Instead put in a wide shelf at a lower height. Be creative with items you put on it.
This was not true, of course, in the homes of the poor which, if not hovels, were essentially functional. Yet from the Industrial Revolution onwards the idea of domestic comfort grew as did, for those with time on their hands, the concept of leisure. Together, leisure and luxury encouraged the emergence of the living room. Here, at last, was a domestic space - the generalist among rooms - serving no specific functional purpose
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