Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Once you usher a friend to your home, it is the living room that will welcome him. You let your friend have a seat and relax in this part of the abode. If this is the first time you invited your friend, he will already feel an extension of you and your family. This is the reason why we always give importance to this part of the home.
For the family, the living room also serves as an assembly area where they bond and do activities together. Hence, a living room ‘without life’ can really be dull. Nobody would want to stay there not even members of the family. And this is especially baffling to any guest. No one would want a living room that is cold or unfeeling. We all want a living room that is conducive to resting, conversation, etc.
Part of this sensation can come from the way the living room was dressed up -- the wall color, furniture, furnishings and decorations. Homeowners have different choices when it comes to their furniture style, design and color. There are some who prefer bright, dark or pastel hues. There are also some who prefer neutral shades to play safe.
Let us take the case of living room furniture in white or off-white shades. Is it a wise idea to have furniture in this color?
The use of white or off-white living room furniture is actually a common choice. Because of it being neutral, one can combine it with other colors – be it loud or shady.
This choice of color adds to the room’s clarity and also radiates hygiene, orderliness and purity. With this message, a guest will easily feel at home knowing that the people living in the abode are true. Nevertheless, white or off-white can also stop a guest from entering the home. Since it speaks of immaculateness, some people might withdraw from staying too long, afraid of making a mess.
The Use of White
It is very common that white is used as a background color. For a summer appeal, use lots of white while to soften a wintry palette use little amounts of white.
Mix white with pastel or light tones. Since the color white is soft and suggests a spring-like feeling, it will make pastel colors to be more dynamic.
You can also blend it with light or dark shades of blues, greens and reds to make your living room brighter and prominent. White sofas can have red, blue or green throw pillows. You can also have white sofas with streaks of any of these shades. Have plants to bring in the green freshness.
White or off-whites can also be blended with black. If white is dominant in your furniture, have accents in black or again streaks of black in the fixtures. A black framed glass top coffee table will look nice with white sofas.
Leaf through home decorations magazines or check interior design websites and you will definitely get a lot of ideas. Venturing into something which you are not sure of will only be a waste of your money. So the next time you want to purchase white or off-white living room furniture, let this be your guide. On the other hand, if you already have white colored furniture in your living room, you can make it livelier by following the combinations I have mentioned.