Beach House Living Room Design - Living rooms cater to many requirements. They're for relaxing and socializing, listening to audio and entertainment. They can also be used for drinking and eating, watching TV and playing. Modern living room design tries to cater for the whole range of activities and making the most of the space we've often become a top priority when considering decorating and furnishing the room. The trend in contemporary living rooms is a more open design - you have to look carefully at the quality of natural lighting in the room and the way to supplement it with additional light sources. Wooden furniture with a natural end is a good choice as it will lend a light and airy aspect to the furnishings, as well as giving some much-needed warmth and personality.
Now consider what you really want, and what you may desire to have space for - in other words, separate your needs from your wants. For instance, you may need space for a couch, TV and audio, lighting and a coffee table and sideboard. You may want space for toys and books, DVD and CD storage along with your hi-fi speakers. What you can actually fit into your room will be dependent on the dimensions and shape of the room you've got. You may have to be ruthless in your decisions - it's important to obtain a balance between the areas consumed with furniture and open areas you use for access to this room.
A good couch is high on the list of essentials. After a difficult day on the job, you often can't conquer throwing open the door and collapsing in front of the TV to catch up on your favorite programmes. Or perhaps you prefer to listen to songs or even just flop about and do nothing. Whatever your choice, you want a cozy sofa as a crucial foundation in your design. Be careful with the size and contour - if it's too large it is going to just occupy too much space and control the room, and if it's too small you may be unable to match as many people on it as you want to.
Open spaces do draw clutter. The more space we have the longer we attempt to fill it, often with matters that might easily be tidied away if only some storage was proposed for them. Built-in cupboards are a solution here but if your room doesn't match this style, then consider carefully about some other options. Solid oak sideboards or bamboo cabinets work really well. A natural timber finish can help to keep the living room look spacious and open, and their strong construction will resist many knocks.
Solid walnut and really strong pine can be easily cared for - minor scratches and marks are easily sanded off along with a light application of wax or oil will bring out the natural heat and give the furniture a very mellow appeal. Cupboard space similar to this will give you a lot of room to tidy away toys, DVDs, and publications. A good-sized good walnut coffee table is just another desirable item and one which can be considered as an investment as well as a practical piece of furniture. One with built in shelving beneath will give more storage options, or possibly a nested pair of tables so you've got the flexibility of creating more surface area when you are entertaining friends and family.