In recent years, we have been treated to several different versions of the home makeover show on our TV screens, and the end result has been a resurgence in interest in all matters relating to interior décor. From how to make the most of accessories such as cushions and rugs to selecting the best combination of colours for walls and carpets, it has turned into something of an obsession with a significant number of people.
Perhaps the most important area of the house in terms of looking and feeling just right is the living room. We tend to spend most evenings here, so there is a definite need to make it as attractive and as comfortable as possible. Slapping a few litres of emulsion on the walls and dumping an LCD TV in the corner simply won’t do for most of us. A little imagination and forward planning is the best way forward nowadays.
Relaxing in style?
Many people like nothing better than a night in, enjoying a bite to eat and a drink or two while watching a movie or a major sporting event. Because of this, we need to be comfortable and at one with our surroundings. Colour schemes that are easy on the eye, luxurious furniture that offers optimum seating arrangements and a top quality 32 inch LCD TV all contribute towards the feel-good factor when the time comes to relax in the evening.
For some people, a leather sofa and armchair represent the ultimate in living room style, and there are plenty of designs and colours to choose from in the stores and on the Internet. They offer supreme comfort and elegance, of course, but it’s worth remembering that leather does have one important failing: in the summer months, it can make the user feel overly hot, and will often increase levels of perspiration. It’s important to think about this point before making a purchase.
Go your own way
There are several schools of thought about how many ornaments should be displayed in any area of the home, but this becomes a particularly heated debate in regard to the living room. Some people like to fill every available shelf, table and mantelpiece with items, although many others would advocate using only a handful. This more minimalist approach is not everyone’s cup of tea, of course, but as always it’s simply a matter of personal taste.
In fact, everything is a matter of individual preferences in this sphere. The bottom line is that there isn’t a right or a wrong answer – it’s just a matter of choice. Those TV viewers who find the home décor shows a little too preachy are perhaps missing the point. The whole reason for the existence of such shows is the offering of opinions – nothing more.
To enhance the viewing experience for TV watchers in the living room, the inclusion of a DVD player and a Freeview Plus box is highly recommended. These units are generally sleek and unobtrusive, so they won’t spoil the effect of the room on the eyes. And for people on a budget, the good news is that they’re available at surprisingly affordable prices.
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