The living room. A place of stillness and calm after a long day. Where dreams are had and memories are made. A warm place for family and friends. A place of destruction whilst the kids are awake!

The living room. It is exactly that, a room that we “LIVE” in. So when it comes to styling this pivotal room of the house, this principal needs to be first and foremost. These important aspects of life need to be considered before you begin any work. Now, you may think that styling a room to be both practical and stylish is surely something that comes easy for most, but trust us it can go wrong, very wrong! So our style team here at The Zayna Furniture are here to save the day and have come up with a comprehensive list of on-trend tips for perfecting your LIVING ROOM.

Functionality vs Style
Let’s settle this once and for all. Functionality should always trump style. Yes, we all entertain, but in the grand scheme of things we are living in the space for a much larger proportion of the time.

Styling
Consistency is key people! Before you make any purchases firstly you need to decide on a central theme and style for the house and DO NOT DEVIATE from it. Think colours, tones and layout. Even if you see something cute whilst browsing that “might not clash” with the current plan, put it down and slowly back away. A lot of people tend to get swept up in all different styles and end up turning their house into this crazy eclectic mix and clash of styles. Or worse yet, see what their friends are doing and want something similar. This is a road fraught with styling danger, tread carefully. Our advice, keep a razor like focus on your own vision and stick to it. The consistency and cohesion of the house as a result will not only wow your guests but also showcase your mental fortitude. Give yourself a pat on the back. Fundamentally, selecting pieces that have common elements will ensure they work well together in a setting.

Placement
Possible the most important part of styling any room. “Where to put all our stuff?” The best advice we can give is, don’t overdo it. Too much furniture and you will end up with a room that looks small and claustaphobic and worst of all, it will encourage clutter. Keep it simple and always consider the flow of the room. What are the high traffic areas of the room? Plan the furniture placement accordingly. Don’t block every wall. TV’s don’t always need to be the centre of attention when planning your living room. You want to create a room that encourages interaction and discussion rather than inviting hours of mind numbing nothingness. Wall mount TV’s are the most space friendly and often look the cleanest on a nice fresh wall.

Add some GREENERY

Beside looking great, indoor plants have a long list of benefits. They are calming, create ambience, breathe life into a space, boost creativity whilst relieving stress. The Scandinavians are people that do this well. Do as the Scandinavians do! Also fresh flowers on coffee tables, benches, side tables add those extra splashes on greenery.

“The Coffee Table”
Always keep in mind the size of the space and the style you are going for when deciding on the perfect coffee table. When it comes to styling the coffee table.

“The Couch” and how to get it to fit the space
The couch should not be the centre of attention in the living room so don’t overdo it. Consider using a timeless style that will not look dated a year after buying it. This means avoiding strong colours or patterns. That is what the cushions and throws are for. The colour of the couch should all tie in with what we discussed above in styling. Staying consistent with the central theme of the house.
Make sure you take the time to measure to make sure that it will fit the space. Measure twice, buy once! Options can include the L-shape, sectional or traditional sofa. Figure out the orientation of the room and take into account the activities that you plan to use the space for most. It could be reading, watching tv, entertaining, playing with the kids? Prioritize all activities and plan the orientation of the couch accordingly. The room still needs to be functional and be an area of high traffic, so getting a gigantic couch that dwarfs a smallish room is clearly not practical.
So that’s it for styling The Living Room. Be sure to follow us @thezaynafurniture and stay up to date with our latest blogs via our Blog section. If anything took your fancy in our styled shots feel free to peruse our online Shop. Stay tuned for next month where we jump under the covers on how to style The Bedroom.