If you’re from the Midwest, you know as well as anyone how brutal our winters can be.  In honor of our less than predictable weather, White Oak Interiors (Lake Barrington Interior design) gathered a few tips for you to make your living room multi-purpose so you can keep the family happy in close quarters and kiss cabin fever goodbye.

  1. Move around that furniture.

    We know you like your things “just so” but your living room could possibly have more room and flow better by moving pieces around.  When creating a multi-purpose room, it is important that you take into account all the possible focal points you may have, such as the television, coffee table, and the fireplace.  Ideally, you should try to create a space that flows, making it easy to walk around and access different areas of your space.

  2. Have a seat!

    In addition to moving pieces around, you want to make sure that you have ample seating available for the whole family (and visitors).  It can get cramped having everyone pile up on the sofas, so consider alternate seating.  Try to incorporate some armchairs, and you can even eliminate some clutter by opting for padded ottomans instead that can store essentials like those magazines you like to set out for guests or television remotes.  Multi-purpose furniture can be practical and fun!

  3. Don’t underestimate the power of a well placed rug!

    Rugs help with design, add comfort, and make an area a bit more kid-friendly while also giving the illusion of more space.  There are so many options to choose from when buying a rug so consider the style of the look you desire as well as placement and amount of traffic the rug will receive.  You don’t want to overdo it with a gigantic rug in a small space. That will only make the room feel smaller.

  4. Add some finishing touches – Lake Barrington Interior design

    You’ll need some throw pillows to soften the look and feel of your furniture, eye-pleasing artwork, window treatments for privacy and pizzazz, and last but not least, lighting and mirrors to add depth to your space.  You may also want to incorporate a bookcase if you have a reading nook and some folding partitions to section that area off.

Need additional professional help designing your space? White Oak Interiors has the knowledge and know-how to help with any design you have in mind.  Schedule an appointment with us today and let’s discuss how we can help!


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