The design of the living room is a very important and serious stage of the entire renovation. Living room and bedroom are places where we spend most of our free time and gain strength. It is important to create everything for your own convenience and take into account many nuances.
Proper arrangement of furniture is no less important than the furniture itself. To make the result happy for a long time, take into account the advice of designers on this issue. Consider the options for arranging furniture in a confined space, since you have to deal with a small area most often in panel houses and Khrushchev.
There are not many possible options, some of them are preferable, some less, some are not applicable at all in certain spaces.
Two main methods of furnishing can be distinguished:
By symmetrical arrangement of furniture is meant the location of paired interior items on two sides of a given axis. As an example, bedside tables are suggested on either side of the head of the bed. According to this principle, whatnot can be placed on both sides of the sofa, cabinets and the like. On the opposite side, a TV is traditionally placed. This is a simple and concise setting familiar to our eye. However, such an environment looks organically only in rooms in the shape of a square.
The asymmetric method involves the alternation of high objects with low, which are located along the walls, which creates the necessary balance in the room. Owners of elongated premises usually resort to this method.
Room 17 sq. m
In such rooms it is best to adhere to the standard principles of furniture arrangement. In medium-sized one-room apartments, screens can be used as zoning to help separate the work area from the bedroom. Such partitions easily fold, and with the help of them the dimensions of the zones change.
If, for example, the owners need to receive guests, then the screen is simply folded and cleaned, and at night it is simply returned. Also, do not forget about lighting, because after working with its intensity, you can functionally separate one zone from another.
Rooms are less than 17 square meters. m
If zoning is necessary for such small rooms as 12 and 16 square meters. m, 11 and 14 square meters. m, the partitions will be too bulky, curtains can be used instead. A dense fabric will create complete isolation, and a transparent tulle will slightly outline the border, preserving the commonality of the room.
If the room has enough natural light, for example, a room with two windows, opposite them you can install a mirrored wardrobe, which visually add space and air.
It is best to equip the sleeping area in a small room with the help of a folding sofa, which, when folded, will occupy a minimum of space during the day. If one person lives in the room, then it makes sense to use a chair-bed. Obstruction of furniture is strictly contraindicated. The limited area makes you get rid of excess and leave only the most necessary. Mirrors, a glossy surface of furniture, open shelves create a more airy interior.
Making out a room in a communal apartment, it is necessary to think first of all about functionality. Smart zoning will bring the necessary comfort to your home. To visually expand the space, it is better to design a room in bright colors, pick up a light tulle and mirrors.
The style of design depends on the layout. The design of square rooms is easiest to create, and you have to rack your brains over some non-standard options.
In the Soviet years, the passage room was a widespread problem. The owners struggled with an unsuccessful rectangular layout in many ways, separating one zone from another with screens, curtains and even sofas and wardrobes. Below are some tips for increasing the functionality of the walk-in rooms.
One of the modern ways of dealing with an uncomfortable room is an open-plan layout that visually expands the room. It is necessary to remove curtain walls and install glass partitions
A good idea is to use the principle of symmetry. The space between the doors is taken by the axis.
Many rooms turn out to be aisles due to the actively used glazed balcony. In this case, it can be converted to an office.
Often, the living room is a room where the doors to all rooms come from, which interferes with the comfortable arrangement of furniture. If you are the owner of this layout, do not try to build all the furniture along the walls. In addition, there is not much free vertical space if you subtract the doors and windows. Use furniture for zoning the room. For example, you can turn the sofa back to the kitchen.
If the passage zone does not allow you to exist at all, you can consider moving the doorway and separating part of the room in favor of the corridor. Such large-scale works require obligatory coordination.
In the common sense, a studio apartment or open space is a combination of a kitchen and a living room. This significantly increases the comfort of life and expands the space.
The kitchen area is usually separated by a bar, which is not only very convenient, but also stylish. It is very important to install the TV so that it can be seen not only from the sofa, but also from all points of the apartment. Thus, family members, doing different things, can watch the same TV program.
The dining area is best equipped by the window. First of all, due to natural light, as well as to enjoy the views from the window and communicate not only while watching TV.
In such a non-standard room, it is better to choose a l-shaped sofa with wooden armrests so that you can put a cup or glass there.
To hide any of the zones, use a screen.
The presence of two windows in the room is luxurious and beautiful, so do not miss the chance to create a cozy and bright space. Very often, these rooms are played on the principle of symmetry.
Large windows fit well with minimalism. The sunny side, and even the angular side, sometimes gives residents inconvenience. The room flooded with the sun needs to be darkened by blinds, curtains and tulle.
Decorate the room in bright colors to add even more air. If the windows are located on opposite walls, then it is permissible to create a different design.
It is better to place the desktop next to the window to provide natural light, but the arrangement of the furniture should not impede the passage to the window area. Two armchairs can be placed next to the windows, and between them is a coffee table, floor lamp or houseplant.
If you are lucky enough to have large windows from the floor to the ceiling, then arrange the furniture opposite to enjoy the views.
According to the purpose of the premises
The design of the room directly depends not only on its size and layout, but also on its purpose.
The living room is usually the most spacious in the apartment, which provides room for imagination. There are certain standards regarding style. The interior is decorated either in a classic style, or in accordance with the new modernist trends.
Classics do not become boring over time and do not have bright annoying elements, which cannot be said, for example, about the interior in the loft style. No matter how original the design may turn out, it is unlikely that it will be equally pleasant to the owners in 5-10 years. The guest room belongs to all residents of the apartment and should be universal. The room should be comfortable to receive guests and spend family evenings.
When choosing an interior for a bedroom, it is important to understand the features of a married couple or the person living in it. In particular, it is necessary to consider the gender of the owner and his addiction.
Women's boudoir is always fundamentally different from the men's bedroom. The design of the apartments of a glamorous girl and a gamer guy will vary, which is quite natural, because the design of the room should correspond to the tenant.
Making a room for a grandmother, it is necessary to take into account the needs of an elderly person, namely, the ability to reach out from the bed to the first-aid kit, get the right thing without having to bend low or stand on a chair.
The study is usually designed in austere and dark colors. It often uses wood trim, which creates an atmosphere of expensive classics.
As for the kitchen, first of all, you need to decide what is at stake: a standard kitchen or a kitchen combined with a living room. Usually the interior of the kitchen is chosen by the chief "culinary" in the house. Cooking takes a lot of time, so it is important that all “kitchen” manipulations are as comfortable as possible.
In the bathroom, the main thing is to use every millimeter of space with benefit. To think over where it is better to place the washing machine, in some cases it is better to do it in the kitchen, where to hang a heated towel rail, whether you need a pencil case and so on.
The tastes of children and adults vary significantly, therefore, in order to please the baby, but at the same time to keep practicality and functionality, start drafting a children's room with the child.
The design of the corridor depends on its size. If it literally has a size of 2 by 2, then you can’t take it easy. The main thing is to provide hooks for outerwear and a place for shoes. If the area of the corridor is larger, for example 4 by 4, then you can already think of a place where you can sit down, a chest of drawers and a mirror, cute little things like a key keeper.
General recommendations for the design of a small corridor are simplicity and unobtrusiveness:
- no - to variegated wallpaper;
- no - to open shelves;
- good lighting;
If you are a happy owner of a spacious hallway area, you can give free rein to your imagination and allow yourself more interesting room decor and furniture layout.
Layouts can be many: from standard and simple to unusual for us triangular and pentagonal rooms, bedrooms under the roof and the like. Using general tips, you can create a comfortable and unusual atmosphere in any home.
All of the above solutions will help create a comfortable environment around you and spend time with benefit.
How to issue?
If your apartment is not as spacious as you would like, do not be upset - for small areas there are many unusual ideas. If the cramped space bothers you, then think about a redevelopment project. The room can be expanded by combining the room and the kitchen or the room and the balcony. To do this, it will be necessary to demolish one common brick wall.
The place that has appeared can be equipped for a working area or, conversely, a relaxation area by placing bookshelves and an armchair there. If there is not much space formed, you can equip a niche for the built-in closet instead of the balcony. Before starting work, it is necessary to coordinate the project in the relevant authorities. Make a redevelopment feasible with your own hands, but if in doubt, it is better to turn to professionals.
Classics are always in fashion, especially in small spaces.
- Light pastel shades such as ivory, milk and beige will bring warmth and air to the interior. Any furniture is suitable, the main thing is not to choose too bulky.
- Room decoration in white, azure and blue-green tones brings freshness and vitality. The perfect solution for a hot and cramped room.
- Lovers of rustic comfort will appreciate the Provence style. Remember that negligence should be light, do not overdo it with the details.
- The smaller the room, the less decor elements should be. In this sense, a minimalist style would be a great option. Laconic black and white gamut always looks dignified and stylish.
- All shades of brown add luxury and comfort: sand, coffee, terracotta.
- The yellow color scheme is always relevant. Pay attention to interesting and fashionable shades of corn, mustard and ocher.
- All shades of blue, from pastel to deep ultramarine, give the room a magical depth.
- It seems that a floral aroma fills the room, decorated in purple, lilac or lilac.
Drawings and patterns
Everyone knows that dark colors and large prints hide the space, so in small rooms it is still better to use a light palette, but no one has canceled the dark and bright accents. It is also not recommended to use wallpapers with large 3d patterns and large patterns in cramped rooms.
Beautiful examples in the interior
All the things that surround us have an impact on our lives. That is why it is so important to pay special attention to the design of the surrounding space. A beautifully and competently decorated room not only pleases the eye, but also solves the problems of poor layout, lack of space, hides flaws and increases functionality.
Below are examples that successfully combine aesthetics and convenience. At first glance, it seems that arranging furniture and not overloading the room is an almost impossible task. However, designers skillfully cope with the conditions of the lack of square meters and non-standard layouts.
- A great option in gentle colors for a girl. The compact ottoman also serves as a cabinet. The window zone is effectively used under the desktop.
- A non-standard solution for the student’s room. In the center of the nursery there is a whole complex combining a desk, a bed and a wardrobe.
- A bold decision for youth. Rest area under the ceiling and open shelving for things.
- A gentle and cozy little room where there is nothing superfluous, but at the same time there is everything you need.
- Loggia converted into a children's bedroom.
- Here it is - a solution to the problem of a narrow and uncomfortable room.
- A variant of successful zoning of the sleeping area using textiles.
- The bed is successfully hidden in the closet. Practical and stylish.
For non-standard room design solutions, see the next video.