In this article, we introduce you to some of the factors we consider essential for furnishing your living-room to create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance, combined with practicality and convenience. Everything must be correctly positioned to make the best use of space without sacrificing comfort.
You may start by choosing a single style (classical, modern, contemporary, design, country, ethnic.... ) or a perfect mix of some or all of them. However, if you are not sure of what you want, to avoid muddle we advise you to visit a Scavolini dealer, who is sure to appreciate your needs and design the most suitable solution.
By mixing creativity and imagination, you can come up with a spectacular design for your living area.
The Scavolini furnishing programmes for the living area offer you many opportunities for creating solutions with personalised shapes, colours, materials and finishes. You can choose from modular fitted walls with wall claddings and shelves, open-fronted units and storage cupboards, integrated desks for study .... and have great fun combining solid blocks and empty spaces, wall-mounted units, geometric lines and minimalist forms.
If you don’t like the idea of a whole fitted wall, you can go for just a floor-mounted base composition with storage fittings like big baskets, on which you can place your TV, and combine it with a glass-fronted cabinet to take all your family treasures, a bookcase or shelves.
In any case, during the design phase always think about how you are going to use this room of your home, so you can choose and position every single item in a way that suits your habits and needs; this will make sure you create a functional, well organised layout.
The next steps is to choose the sofa for combination with armchairs and poufs (space permitting!) and coffee tables to ensure you have everything within reach at the most relaxing times of your day.
Rule number 1: put comfort first! Pay special attention to the type of padding (synthetic or natural: always remember that seats and backs are padded differently; the former must be soft but not let you sink too far while the latter is more yielding), the depth of the seat (it must let you put your feet on the floor and get up with ease without straining your back) and the height of the seat back (ideally, it should be the same height as your spine).
The choice of upholstery (fabric, leather or eco-leather) is a question of comfort, strength and appearance: looks matter, and so we have to match the sofa with the rest of the living-room furniture!
Once you’ve decided the ideal arrangement for the key items, you can move on to choose the ornamental features, which ideally should match the rest of the living-area furnishings.
Pictures, photographs, lights, carpets, curtains, vases, pocket emptier...and lots, lots more. They are often wrongly considered as just extras that frame the room: in fact, the ornamental items are what give the room its character, highlight some features and create the all-important welcoming, intimate “feel”. Real classical or modern design pieces can be used, to imprint the room with their style.
Have fun choosing and placing all the decorative fittings you like!