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Your drawing room or what is generally also referred to as the living room, is the first thing that people will notice when they step into your house. A drawing room should be presentable and if you are looking to remodel or renovate your property, ensure that it is warm, welcoming and uncongested. Home owners often tend to put up all their furniture, accessories and showpieces in the drawing room but this is a mistake. There are a number of things you must keep in mind, while designing your living or drawing room.
Drawing room design ideas for small homes
If you have a small house, choose a minimalist design with simple and yet, attractive furniture. Too much of anything can look very unattractive. Ensure that small spaces are made to look bigger by opting for slim, light-coloured furniture.
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Large windows can also provide an illusion of space in your drawing room.
Do not hesitate to put very little furniture, if you are inhabiting a 1BHK or a 2BHK unit, with space less than 600 sq ft. The idea is to make the living room pleasant and welcoming and not cluttered. Use subtle shades and classy-looking furniture, to give small spaces a rich look.
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If you are using dark upholstery, make sure the room is well-ventilated and has plenty of natural light coming in.
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Drawing room design ideas for narrow spaces
It may not be easy to design a living space that is narrow. In some properties, the alignment of the beams may be such that the space cannot be disturbed, even if the family might be planning on a complete makeover. Therefore, if you need to make do with a narrow space, the only option is to design it well and complement it with furniture that matches the style. In such rooms, you could put the furniture at either end of the room, while leaving space in the centre to facilitate easy cleaning and walking. Use light colours that provide a feeling of space.
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Try to create space for a shelf, to put up a few books or showpieces that will take the load off other rooms. Plants also add a sense of liveliness and cheer to small spaces. Use it to your advantage.
Hall interior design ideas for large homes
If you have a spacious home, with a large space that you can dedicate for your living room, you can make a remarkable style statement by spreading out the items in the room. Large windows can make medium to large-sized drawing rooms appear grand.
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Replace doors with arches and add colours to fill up the room sensibly. Bright furniture can do the job, as well.
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You can also artfully partition your hall to give it a soulful look. A combination of lights can uplift the mood in the drawing room.
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If you are not completely remodelling your drawing room but merely refashioning it, you could also opt for a traditionally-rich and charming old-bungalow look.
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Do you prefer a raw and rugged, minimalist look? This décor is best suited for young professionals living alone, because it may not be very family-friendly.
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If your hall is spacious, you could consider merging different areas. For example, you can opt for an open-format living room and bring your dining room into the living room, while not making it look like a clear demarcation. You could also add extra furniture on either side, to help blur any demarcation and add a sense of continuity.
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How to make a small living room appear large?
One can make a small living room appear large by opting for light shades for the wall paint and furniture, or by using large windows in the room and by adding mirrors.
How can I design a narrow living room?
You can make a narrow living room appear spacious by using light colours and by placing the furniture at either end of the room.