In the living space, each room has its own function. The main function of the living room is to share family leisure activities. In the living room we meet, talk and discuss the latest events, watch TV, listen to music, read books. This is a place for home celebrations and for passive relaxation of all family members..
The ideal option is to use the living room only for its intended purpose. But as often happens, the use is limited not only to one function, but to the combination of two or even three directions. Bedroom-living room is widespread. Let’s take a closer look at where to start and how best to equip a room of 14-15 sq. m. for convenient and full use.
Any renovation should start with a design project. It gives a visual idea of the future interior of the room, all the technical parameters of the room. Bedroom-living room with an area of 14 or 15 sq. m. usually has a simple rectangular or square shape, but sometimes the room has a complex shape with bends and protrusions. The best thing for design is a square room. It is convenient to divide such a space into conventional zones, place the necessary pieces of furniture and decor, observe the principle of symmetry, if necessary. But rooms of such an area are more often rectangular with sides of 3×5 meters..
There are two options for the layout of the bedroom-living room. The first is to divide the room into two independent zones.. The active zone is the living room. It can accommodate a sofa or armchairs, a small mobile table, video and music equipment. The second zone is the rest and sleep area. In this area there is a bed, bedside or dressing table. In addition, the room needs to think about lighting and storage space..
The second option is when both functions are combined, that is, the sleeping place is mobile and, if necessary, is transformed. For example, during the day, all family members and guests can gather on the sofa, watch TV, read a book, and at night, the sofa can be disassembled and turns into a full-fledged sleeping place..
Room design 15 sq. m. should not be overloaded, since the room has a fairly small area and as many as two main functions of use.
The next step is to define the style of the room. Here you need to take into account the style in which the rest of the rooms are decorated, the preferences of the owners, modern trends and materials. In a small space, it is better to embody lighter laconic design options..
The classics are always relevant. The classic interior is restrained, but solid in its execution. The decoration uses warm pastel shades, furniture with beautiful wood texture and glass stained-glass windows. This style is ideal for connoisseurs of a laconic aristocratic style..
In translation it means “modern”, but does not apply to modern trends. This is an expensive style, which is characterized by the presence of wood, forged elements, stained glass windows and ornate lines in the interior. It lacks symmetry, but all objects harmoniously complement each other..
For lovers of the industrial trend in the interior. This style is notable for its simplicity, laconicism, correct geometry of forms, use of glass and metal elements. The main thing for this direction is maximum functionality..
This is a rustic style characteristic of French Provence. Luxury in simplicity. The main association is lavender fields, floral scent, purity and tranquility. Floral motifs are reflected in prints on fabrics, lace and mirrors fill the space with light and grace, and aged wood furniture in characteristic pastel and white tones completes the charming rustic interior..
Perfect for lovers of white interiors combined with wooden furniture surfaces. Differs in unloaded open space, simple laconic design of furniture and decor items.
In rooms that have a small area, it is recommended to use light and soft colors in the decoration. If you want to add bright or dark colors to the interior, it is better to do it in dosage. For example, highlight one of the zones with color or add color to the decor of the room..
Wall decoration can be done for painting or wallpapering. Since this room, in addition to the living room, will also serve as a resting place, the walls should be light, without large and bright drawings. This rule must be especially observed if the windows face the north side. With a lack of natural light, the color of the walls will appear two tones darker. The vertical strip visually makes the room higher, and the horizontal pattern expands the space.
For ceilings, it is better to use white or ivory. For rooms with a standard ceiling height, it is worth abandoning complex shapes and level differences. The surface of the ceiling must be flat and smooth, free from irregularities, chips and sagging. Flaws and imperfections on the ceiling are very noticeable, and artificial lighting will only emphasize them even more. If the room has large differences in the joints of the slabs, it is better to close the ceiling with plasterboard. Another beautiful and practical solution would be a glossy white stretch ceiling. It will visually make the height of the room larger, the space brighter. It is easy to clean and fireproof.
For flooring, wood is the best option. It is an environmentally friendly material with a beautiful texture. Suitable for any style, has a long service life. The only negative is that this material requires careful maintenance and constant attention. An alternative is laminate flooring. Today, there are manufacturers in a different price range, quality and service life of the material produced. In a wide variety of colors for different types of wood, you can choose the ideal option for any interior.
Also, linoleum and cork can be used to finish the floor in the living room bedroom. The color of the floor should be in harmony with the color of the walls and furniture. Usually the floor is made darker than the color of the walls, but lately, light, bleached shades of materials for flooring have become popular. A light floor is equally well suited for both light and white interiors, and contrasts beautifully with a darker shade of the walls..
Furniture and decor
The choice of furniture also depends on the chosen style. A light environment always looks lighter, it visually does not take up space, and the room looks bright, clean and comfortable. Dark furniture stands out more against the background of light finishes. For lovers of dark colors, we advise you to choose more elegant furniture. It should not be bulky and cut off the already small space of the room..
If a separate place for sleeping is provided, then it is necessary to purchase a bed and a bedside table. It is better to place the sleeping area away from the door to the room, closer to the window or balcony. This area can be limited by a conventional partition. A low cabinet-chest of drawers for storing things, a rack can serve as a delimiter of zones. It can be a small decorative glass partition with a laser-printed pattern on it..
It is convenient to place a sofa, TV and audio equipment, coffee table in the living area. When combining a sleeping place with a living area, it is important to choose a sofa that can be easily transformed into a comfortable and full-fledged sleeping place. These are the basic necessary pieces of furniture for a small living room bedroom. This list can be supplemented, but it must be remembered that there should not be too much furniture..
When decorating small rooms, you must follow the rule of minimalism..
The main decor is textiles and lighting. The decor should support the overall style of the room, harmonize well with the interior decoration and furniture. It is better to choose textiles of natural materials in light, soft shades with a beautiful pattern..
Lighting needs to be well thought out. As a rule, it should be possible to vary the lighting of the room. Bright lighting for the living area and soft lighting for the sleeping area, additional lighting in the form of floor or wall lamps, ceiling light zoning. The main thing is that the light does not interfere, but helps to create the atmosphere necessary for each case..
Additional decorations include mirrors, paintings, posters, live plants and objects of applied art. Rooms carefully selected in the general style, correctly placed and hung, they are able to create a corner of paradise for a harmonious and comfortable stay in a small space.
When decorating a combined room, consider the following recommendations:
- A small space should have a light and unloaded interior, preferably in light shades. This will make the room look light and solemn..
- When choosing a color scheme or wallpaper, remember that the color on the walls will be two shades darker.. To avoid additional thinning costs, buy paint two shades lighter than the shade you like..
- If you like bright and dark colors, then it is better to use them not in decoration, but in the decor of a small room.. Too dark surfaces of walls or ceilings can visually significantly reduce the space..
- Interior items with a glossy surface visually expand the space. Reflecting the space around them, they dissolve in it.
- Ceilings of complex shapes and level differences will be justified for rooms with a height of 3 m.
- Perspective wall art and mirrors work to expand space.
Following these simple tips, create your own small stylish and cozy space in which it will be pleasant to spend time and enjoy moments of communication and relaxation..
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