With Christmas on the way, you might be thinking of revamping your lounge room in anticipation of holiday guests, as it is usually the first place you show visitors. Back when homes were less open-plan, you would have had a separate formal lounge, sitting, or drawing room where you would receive guests and the family would gather in a second, more casual living room to do things like watch TV or play games. Nowadays, though, many homes only have one living area so it has to serve both purposes.
Even if you only have one living space, you can still make it guest-ready for the festive season. You can borrow elements from more formal room designs without turning your lounge room into a stuffy nightmare. Just follow our advice for a space that strikes a balance between impressive and welcoming.
It’s in the name – your lounge room should have furniture for people to lounge on. When choosing seating, be mindful of space. Give your furniture room to breathe so the room looks planned rather than haphazardly crammed with whatever you could get your hands on. Seating in traditional sitting rooms is more formal – think wingbacks and luxe materials – so capture that elegant air by including pieces like daybeds, lounge chairs, or a sofa with clean lines.
Don’t be afraid to be brave with your furniture choices. When entertaining, the coffee table will get a fair amount of use and attention. Make a statement with your coffee table by choosing one with a striking silhouette or in an eye-catching finish to heighten the wow factor of your lounge room. Impress your guests with some old-fashioned flair by adding a bar cart. It’s a little bit of luxury that elevates your lounge room from being just a place to watch TV. Speaking of TV…
In homes with one living area, the space often has to house the television, causing it to become the focal point of the room – but it doesn’t have to be. If your lounge room must include the TV, there are ways you can deflect attention from what can often be an eyesore amongst your beautiful decor. Tuck your TV away in a cabinet, blend it in amongst a gallery wall, or install sliding doors over it for when it’s not in use. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even DIY doors that incorporate art prints or canvases so you can have your wall art and your TV, too.
Only the best
One of the reasons why formal lounge rooms look so sleek is they aren’t littered with the mess that accumulates with everyday living. Everything has its place and the items on show are the best you have. The effect is refined and peaceful. Achieve the polished look of a formal living area by only displaying your favourite decor objects and give things like TV remotes and tissue boxes a home out of sight when they’re not being used. You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.
Get more advice on designing a lounge room with wow factor by talking to a friendly team member at an Andersens showroom near you.