Tips On Designing A More Comfortable Lounge

The lounge area of your home is vitally important because it's often the place members of the household spend most time in. A good lounge ought to be sociable and comfortable whether people are chatting, watching TV, listening to music, reading or unwinding in any other way.

One of the things that really contributes to the comfort of a living room is warmth. It's important to concentrate on encouraging a sense of warmth to permeate the room and this can be done in a few different ways.

First of all, it is possible to install a lovely fireplace. Fireplaces do not just offer a practical way of keeping the living room warm. They also offer a kind of visual appeal that is hard to replicate in any other way. The mere sight of a lovely fireplace is soothing, warming, relaxing.

The fireplace can also interact with other elements of the room placed around it that may also radiate a sense of warmth and comfort. For instance, in front of the fireplace it is possible to lay a really rich, luxurious and attractive rug - the type of rug that doesn't just provide a soft and warm texture underfoot, but also appears warm and inviting.

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Above the fireplace, it may be appropriate to use lovely wall art that reflects the same relaxing, comforting and appealing agenda.

Good lighting that has the option of being dimmed for effect is something of an essential and mirrors can be used to heighten the effect of this approach. Obviously comfortable seating and a few cushions here and there do a great job of things. Rich, deep colours tend to translate that feeling of warmth more visually.

This really is the key. If you concentrate on the actual psychology of interior design as well as the practicalities then you'll probably have more success with your lounge. When you enter a given space, you react on a more or less subconscious level to what you are faced with. Visual elements that look comfortable and warm, like the fireplace, the rug, the art, the seating, the lighting and so on make you feel more at home - even before they have fulfilled their practical purposes.

Obviously it is important to back this up with practical elements that do make the living room inviting; you cannot rely on the psychological and visual aspects alone, but they do go a long way to making the space sociable, relaxing and comfortable.
Yvonne Anderton
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This article was written by Yvonne Anderton, an interior designer who regularly writes for

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