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Modern Living Room Ideas

England Furniture Modern Living Room IdeasLiving rooms are the center of many households. They represent places for entertaining, entertainment, and relaxation. It’s no wonder that many people focus their attention on decorating their living rooms and living rooms with a modern design remains a popular choice. Modern living rooms are typically defined as sleek and smooth designs, but can be customized across a wide range of individual tastes. Here are some ideas you can consider if you’re developing a modern look in your living room.

  • Modern designs are  often simple, spacious, elegant, and calm.
  • Modern designs are often “airy.”  Lucite dining chairs, an open-weave coffee table, and an unobstructed wall of windows are a few ways to keep the room from feeling too cramped.
  • The use of accent walls is one way of created a modern living room.
  • Create a living room with neutral colors.  This can become an easy canvas that allows for pops of color that can be changed with the seasons.
  • Cool touches of metal can give your living room a sophisticated air.
  • A room filled with white and light is a common way to create a modern look.
  • Create a dynamic seating arrangement by placing two sofas back-to-back in the center of the living room.
  • There’s also the question “Where should I put the TV?”  Try placing it in a corner so the flow of the room is uninterrupted and the room remains an “airy” feel.
  • A mix of polished and unfinished wood pieces, along with a neutral shade on the wall, can make a living room feel modern and chic.
  • Create a modern space by throwing caution to the wind.  Mix in a bunch of different patterns together for a lively look. Be sure to pick complimentary colors,

Living Room Staging Tip and Tricks

If you are planning to put your house on the market it’s important to understand the basics of staging.  When it comes to staging rooms, and arranging furniture, there are often personalized and subjective choices to be made.  Generally speaking, however, the goal is to highlight your home’s strengths and to downplay its weaknesses.  Doing so will help to appeal to the greatest possible number of prospective buyers.  Consider some of these general guidelines from England Furniture as you begin to stage your living room.

Light it up!
Make sure you have light sources all around the room and that every corner gets attention. Keep light balanced. If, for example, you have end tables on either side of your sofa, have matching lamps on either side.

Pack it up!
Pack up unnecessary furniture (and personal items) before you show the house to prospective buyers. An overpacked living room is a warning sign to buyers that your home lacks storage space. Move furniture to your garage or a storage facility. Many professional stagers prepped for market by taking away almost half of the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger as a result. You don’t necessarily need to cut that much, but be sure to take some pieces out of the room.

England Furniture Living Room Staging Tips

Bring it in!
There’s a common belief that living rooms will appear larger if all of the furniture is up against the walls. This isn’t true! If necessary, furnish your living room by keeping furniture away from walls. Create a cozy, conversational area with your sofa and chairs in the center. Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in a living room.

Use Your Rugs Too!
It’s important to show your living room flooring, but you also want to use large area rugs in the living room. A smaller rug will make a small room seem even smaller. Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your couch or chairs to create a cohesive look. Generally speaking, furniture looks better when all the furniture is on them. Need a new area rug? Check out our selection of beautiful England Furniture rugs.

Tips for Arranging Your Sectional Sofa

England Furniture Lilly Sectional

England Furniture Lilly Sectional

A sectional sofa is extremely comfortable and it can provide ample seating for your family or for entertaining. It’s a large piece of furniture, however, and its’ size can make it difficult to arrange the room in a functional way. Some people are hesitant to buy sectional sofas for this reason, but with a better understanding of furniture placement, you can create a comfortable atmosphere with a sectional that will work in almost any space.

Achieve Balance
Creating a sense of balance is important. Sectional sofas are large and a room can quickly appear to be weighed down on one side. Position your sectional sofa across from other big pieces of furniture, such as a large armchair, a big entertainment stand, a noticeable fireplace, or a big bookcase. While you may be tempted to separate the pieces of your sectional, avoid the temptation. Doing this often throws off a sense of balance and creates an awkward looking room.

Accessibility and Openness
If you have a good amount of square footage, place the longest section of a sectional into the corner that is opposite the entry into your room. This will create a sense of space that will appear easily accessible, inviting, and open. If the sectional sofa includes an armless, interchangeable chaise lounge, keep it away from the entry side. The chaise should be out of the way to avoid tripping. You also want to avoid having to walk around to sit.

Create a Good Sense of Flow
Sectional sofas initially seem awkward to position in your room. Many individuals tend to place large furnishings up against walls, assuming that’s the only option. It isn’t! The middle of the room can often be the perfect place for your sectional as placing it in the middle enables you to use an otherwise open space. It also makes every seat of sectional accessible and the wall space can be used for other pieces of furniture. Try placing your coffee table or the sectional’s footstool in the center of the room and then place your sectional sofa in – and around – the coffee table or stool. Make sure you leave room for accessing each seat and room for the recliner’s footstool.

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