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The LIVING ROOM (Lounge) is the mostly public room in a home and can be treated as showcase of a home. While you design your living room, you express taste and display the treasure possessions In Indian context; it is usually the room where the TV is kept. Try to create a focal point in the room other than the TV or it will dominate the room.

Unfortunately, it is usually the room where the TV is kept. Try to create a focal point in the room other than the TV or it will dominate the room. A common room should be provided in the space between east and north-east which can be used for entertaining the visitors and guests, a place where all the members of the family can sit together. It can also be used as a bed room for unmarried children. It can be use as a store room for common articles. The walls should be painted white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black. Depressing paintings should not be placed on the walls.

The living room should be on the north side of the house. Furniture should be square or rectangular, not round or oval. It is good if the ceiling slopes down toward the northeast direction. The air-conditioner should be in the west, not the southeast. Furniture should m

Check all the activities may take place in living room.

•  Watching television; listening music

•  Entertaining guest or parties

• Visitors staying back for night

•  Reading or other hobbies

•  Dining

• Children’s Play etc,

 Living room is also known as hall, sitting room, main room, drawing room etc,. This living room plays a vital role in vastu shastra, because now a days we are sparing this room as T.V watching room., at our house we have dining room, but so many people now ate food only at living room by watching TV programmes. We are now accustomed for it.

Always better to place the sitting or living room only at northeast corner of the house, some times when the house is west facing or south facing then the living room construction at northeast corner may not be possible, in those cases follow some tricks to get good results as shown below.

At our residence we spare most of our time is at "bed room" the next best room is "living room". We should take care of this living room in our home. We should not neglect on this part of our house.

The living room is particularly used for discussions with family members and with outsiders, most of our peculiar matters, financial, entertaining other things are also settled at living room, so it has specific interest and importance as per vastu shastra.

The owner of the house has to sit at living room and has to faced to east or north sides only. The other members or outsiders has to sit in front of the owner or side to the owner of the house.

At east face house or north face house, there is one good quality point in this living room as the members of the house or owner of the house has to sit at living room (here the living room should placed at north east (eshan) corner of the house only), then the good vibrations from Eshan(northeast) corner has arrive and will get the same vibrations from east side and north sides, these vibrations are more effective to the family members of the house.

Observe the above plan, the owner of the family has to sit on the lengthy sofa towards nairuthi corner(southwest), the next best is you can put this lengthy sofa towards east side, and transfer the sofa chairs towards west side, the owner has to occupy at the nairuthi(southwest) corner chair.

You can put telephone to the south, west side walls so that you can easily handle the phone.

If the living room is at eshan (northeast corner) the flooring of the living room is lower than the entire house, it gives very good effect to the family.

Most of the houses the front room may be the living room, and most of the living rooms are wide and larger than all the rooms at house, well here vastu works in a hidden method, if at one east facing house there might be living room is the front room, its correct method and giving good results to the inmates.

North facing house inmates also receives good results by putting living room at front side i.e., living room is front side. But where as it should not happen at west side facing houses and south side facing houses. Here the inmates must take most precautionary methods by setting the living room as the first room where is in before the entrance. Don’t construct the living room as front room at west side houses and south side houses, if you want to construct the living room at front side then consult a good vastu practioner for best suggestions.

You can keep number of doors to the living room, but all the doors should be at correct places as per the vastu shastra. You are aware that “doors” plays an very important role at house as per vastu shastra. Once again remember living room got 2nd rank at house after Bed room as per vastu, in general living room got 1st rank as per our living style

Decorate as much as you can, but importance may be given to vastu, then only you enjoy the life with your family members, otherwise you are striving for your livelihood that will be the entertainment to your neighbors and your enemies.

Be careful while you sitting at the living room for discussions about different category business deals. As you are owner of the house, you have to sit at the chair or so that your face should be towards east or north, and guests, panchayatdhars, litigents, partners should sit and their face should be towards south or west, this type of sitting will leads victory on your discussions, finally you will get success on Panchayats (Litigations).

In case the house is west facing or south facing, here the living room may be at eeshan corner but we cannot entertain every body to welcome them to sit at living room, because it may be disturbance to our family members, then consult one vastu expert get advise N enjoy. The most common furniture pieces found in the living room are sofas, love seat, sofa with chairs in different combinations, coffee table, end tables, ottomans, benches, shelves and perhaps a desk and bookshelves. If the living space is also used as a family room, you can also find TV and entertainment center in the room along with accessories, lighting, art and crafts on display and may be carpets.

A living room, also known as sitting room (especially in the UK), lounge room or lounge (in the United Kingdom and Australia), is a room for entertaining guests, reading, watching TV or other activities. The word Lounge is from the Latin, it was brought over later on by the French. In modern homes and apartments the living room has replaced the old fashioned parlor. In the 19th century, the parlor was the room in the house where the recently deceased were laid out before their funeral. This became the more affirmative term "living room" in the 20th century. The term marks the twentieth-century effort of architects and builders to strip the parlor of its burial and mourning associations. A typical western living room will be furnished with a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, a television or stereo equipment, bookshelves, as well as other pieces of furniture. Traditionally a sitting room in the United Kingdom would have a fireplace. In Japan people traditionally sat on tatami instead of chairs but western style decor is also common these days. In the United States, sometimes the living room is reserved for more formal and quiet entertaining while a separate recreation room or family room is used for more casual activities. In Australia, the living room is more often referred to as "the lounge" and is used for both formal and casual entertaining, although casual entertaining also takes place in the backyard. The term front room can also used to describe a living room, because in many homes the front door opens into the living room.

After Bedroom we spare our most time at our residence is only at “living room”. Here living room plays a vital role according to vastu shastra, if living room is not constructed or setting according to vastu shastra the inmates of the house may be suffers with so many troubles, because vastu works on the basis of sparing time at a particular place. At some houses someone is constructing living room as per their tastes and interests. Well let it be continuing but before constructing the same why not follow vastu, what is wrong by following vastu, its nothing. Better to follow vastu and construct all of your properties, assets according to vastu shastra.

Most of the houses the front room is the living room, and most of the living rooms are wide and larger than all the rooms at house, well here vastu works in a hidden method, if at one east facing house there might be living room is the front room, its correct and giving good results to the inmates. Likewise North facing house inmates also receives good results by putting living room at front side i.e., living room is front side. But where as it should not happen at west side facing houses and south side facing houses. Here the inmates must take most precautionary methods by setting the living room as the first room where is in before the entrance. Don’t construct the living room as front room at west side houses and south side houses.

You can keep number of doors to the living room, but all the doors should be at correct places as per the vastu shastra. You are aware that “doors” plays an very important role at house as per vastu shastra. Once again remember living room got 2nd rank at house after Bed room as per vastu, in general living room got 1st rank as per our living style. Decorate as much as you can, but importance may be given to vastu, then only you enjoy the life with your family members, otherwise you are striving for your livelihood that will be the entertainment to your neighbors and your enemies.

Becareful while you sitting at the living room for discussions about different category business deals. As you are owner of the house, you have to sit at the chair or sofaset, your face should be towards east or north, and guests, panchayatdhars, litigents, partners should sit and thier face should be towards south or west, this type of sitting will leads victory on your discussions, finally you will get success on Panchayats

Any changes in basic structure must take place much before we start to decorate. The common alterations could be like:

• Blocking or opening up a doorway

•  Converting two rooms into one

• Moving a partition wall

• Enlarging of present windows

•  Extending the living room

installing air conditions, new wiring or new sockets is work that should be carried out at an early stage. It is also the time do decide whether you need to make any changes to existing lighting set up. Avoid glaring overhead fittings in this room, instead create an atmosphere with table lamps, up lighters and sports. Wall mounted fixtures and concealed down lighters should be installed before decoration process starts.

Living room is all about seating arrangements. Always identify a focal point in a room. This can be a fireplace, coffee table, a good view, beautiful object or a fine piece of furniture, interior water fall. Next step is to plan the seating around this focal point. Draw a scale plan of the room, marking on doors, windows, electric sockets, switches and lighting fixtures etc.

Symmetrical or L-shaped arrangements suit most rooms, provided the size and style of furniture is right. Any piece of furniture that is too large or oversize can ruin the look of whole room.

The living room should be full of rich colours, shades, and patterns. As the place to entertain guests, the living room should be full of pleasant visual stimuli to keep the atmosphere and conversations lively and diverse. The best colors are yellow, beige or tan, or green or blue. Warm colors such as yellow, orange, purple, pink and peach are best suited to this area, as is wood. Glass topped tables with sharp edges are not a good idea. Ideally the room should have green in the colour scheme with small amounts of red. It should not be red or black.

Freshly cut flowers are a good investment as they keep energy refreshed and flowing. Dried flowers store energy, so the rule of thumb would be to change them seasonally. Keep fresh flowers on your desk at all times, as they stimulate mental activity, cleanse the atmosphere and balance electro magnetic discharges.

Warm colors such as yellow, orange, purple, pink and peach are best suited to this area, as is wood. Glass topped tables with sharp edges are not a good idea. Ideally the room should have green in the color scheme with small amounts of red. It should not be red or black.

FLEXIBILITY:

If there are regular visits of guests then place some furniture which can be moved easily and provide stools for extra seating and side tables for glasses and plates. Arrange the seating in such a manner that everybody can watch T.V. in comfort without the screen dominating the room. Try and plan the room in a way that chairs and sofas can be turned around and moved or TV can be put on trolly to make movement flexible according to need.

The best starting point for a decoration scheme is usually the floor. This is expensive item but will have a dominating effect on whole area. it will also outlay the paintwork. Collect samples of colours, patterns and materials to be used for curtains, blinds, upholstery, flooring walls, ceiling and wood work.

Space to pass:
Allow a minimum of 600 mm space for people to walk into or around a room without having banged into sofa or tables.

Knee space:
Make sure that there is at least 300 mm between the edges of seats and the coffee table so that people can stand up and sit comfortably.

Standard Seating:
The seating height of a sofa should be not more than 400 mm and the seating width on a sofa should be 500 mm. the height of coffee table in seating proportion given above should be 350 mm.

The three-piece sofa suite was the most popular combination for many years. The problem with such sets is that they are not flexible. The logical way to place the pieces is with-the sofa in centre and a chair on either side. There people setting in a row is not ideal for conversation. But two seater sofas plus an armchair give same number of places but in much practical way. The armchair can be moved into or out of circle as and when required.

Whatever arrangement you may choose, it is not important to cover all seating in same fabric. It is more trendy to mix plains with patterns of different scales or closely related colours.

LIGHTING:

Decorative matching wall lights and low hung pendant lights can produce over all brightness and separate pool of lights can be generated. If you want dimmer light ten wall lights can be switched off. The adjustable floor task lamps can be positioned for reading in any part of the room. A large table lamp creates very cosy atmosphere. Down lights in the ceiling provide overall light. Sometimes wall light can be made in plaster and can be painted to blend with walls. The table lamps and side lamps can be moved anywhere needed, for example on a painting, on textured walls, to highlight centre table or towards the seating.

POSITIONING OF T.V.:

A television must be easy to view from most places of room but it should not dominate the room. It is best to have T.V. on trolley, deep in cabinet or cupboard with closing doors.

T.V. should be placed at such a place where reflection off the screen from windows and light as far as possible is avoided. Always arrange for lights near the TV when viewing it. This is because looking away from screen from time to time helps to reduce eye fatigue caused by focusing on small screen for a long time. This relief is most effective if you look at something of similar brightness to the screen-otherwise eyes have to readjust whenever the lighting conditions change.

The living also Express your personality, your personal taste and decorating flair in the way you decorate your living room. Remodeling or decorating your living room doesn't just mean to throw away items and add furniture pieces to the living room but how you arrange what you already have in the room. Arrangement mistakes can ruin the look of your room. Do not go wild with imagination. Some of the rules and traditional ways of keeping things and proper design must be followed to keep things sane. Creative and unusual living room decorating ideas should be limited by the comfort and usability of the room to make the living room more inviting.

Designing in innovative ways that 'break the rules' can be tricky, so is best left to professionals. Ensure that you maintain visual balance and harmony while displaying your accessories and should not look chaotic. For budget decorating, try to use what you already and then only opt to buy new things that you think are absolutely necessary. See, if rearranging furniture and accessories can achieve the effect you want. For a dream living room, it is not necessary to start from scratch. Make sure that you do not let your precious collection of art lie wasted or ignored just because you didn't think of placing them correctly.

LIVING ROOM ACCESSORIES & DESIGN:

Accessorizing and designing a living room is to set up a showcase and yet most relaxed space of your house. It sets up the mood of your home and may range from a casual friendly place for your friends to gossip to a most sophisticated and luxurious setting to make a statement to your style and lavishness. Here are some living room design and modern décor ideas that you can use:

•  Throw pillows are important accents for living room décor and can add splashes of bold colors to an otherwise muted color scheme. It also adds warmth and comfort to the living room.

•  Area rugs can be used to cover up unattractive areas of carpet and floors and define seating areas of the room. For a large living room, they are a great asset for defining more than one seating areas of the room.

•  Painting your living room walls with a neutral color such as white or beige, leaves us more choices for creating the character of the room while buying furniture and furnishings for the room.

•  Layered lighting plan is best for living rooms so that you can spotlight the reading area or the entertainment area, uniform lighting for a casual family gathering and disco lights or accent lighting for party time.

•  Media space is fast gaining attention in the modern living room décor and design ideas. Specialty rooms or areas can be created using painted decorative screens in a large room.

•  Media spaces are generally painted in deeper shades for intimacy while versatile and multi-purpose areas are generally painted in pale and muted colors.

•  Modern living room décor incorporated features such as bookcases with wide shelves for DVDs and collectibles.

•  Furnishings, curtains, valances, blinds, cushions and padded seating can add color, style and pattern to the décor of the room.

COLORS:

Choosing Living Room paint colors is one of the important starting points of the living room painting idea along with the right type of paint for your living room walls, ceilings and window and door trims. You can get the clues for the color scheme of your living room from its furniture, window treatments and accessories. The colors look different in different lights, in daytime and at night, so you may have use color chips and observe them in all possible scenarios to be sure that you get the desired results. If you are still not sure about the paint color choice for your living room, test it on a small part of the wall and see how it looks like.

This will also tell you exactly what the paint will look like because the color swatches and the actual shade that turns up after painting the walls may slightly differ. You can lend an open and airy look to your living room by installing a chair rail in the room and then paint the lower portion of the wall in a darker color than the wall above the chair rail. If you want to hide unattractive trim work in your living room or want a uniform monochromatic look to make it feel more spacious, paint the trimmings, moulds and the walls of the living room in the same color. However, if you want to add bold colors as accents to your room or highlight some attractive trim work in your living room, you can use a paint shade lighter or darker than those of the walls to catch the viewer's attention.

While choosing the paint color for your living room, keep in mind that colors do not always look same on the walls as they do in color charts of the paint companies. Bright and solid colors can appear lighter or darker than what you had intended depending on their surrounding colors and the amount of light in the area. Usually, colors appear darker than they really are over a larger surface area, so it is advisable to choose a shade or two lighter than the paint color you want in your living room. If the color still appears bolder after painting the living room, you can mute it down by covering the walls with a lighter shade of paint using the paint techniques such as rag rolling, sponging and color washing.

Strong and warm colors such as reds, oranges and yellows seem to advance and close a space, making the living room look cozier and more welcoming. Blues, greens and violets are known as cool colors and seem to recede and make a room look larger. However, the darkest shades of even the cool colors such as navy blue and hunter green make the living room look small. This is the reason that popular wall colors for the small living rooms are whites or light neutral colors such as beiges and caramels to make them appear larger. Normally, people paint their living room ceilings in white or off-white to make them look higher and give an airy feeling to the living room.

Medium to dark colors lower the ceiling visually and is good to be used in living rooms that have very high ceilings to make them look cozier. While in small and lower living rooms with ceilings painted in medium and dark colors will look like a dark cave. Choose a happy color that makes your feel comfortable throughout the day in your living room. The popular living room color scheme often uses soft and pastel paint colors in eggshell finish. The living rooms with ample natural light may use darker colors but they should be perfectly balanced with lighter colors so that the room doesn't look too dreary and dark. You may get the inspiration for the living room color scheme from your favorite piece of furniture that dominates your living space by taking it as to be the core color element and working on other colors around it.

FENG SHUI LIVING ROOM:

Feng Shui Living Room simply mean to decorate a living room in Feng Shui style to allow free flow of healthy and positive life energy or 'chi' and improve the quality of our life in general. Feng Shui aims to help us gain perfect harmony in our surroundings and life. In the living room, dehumidifiers do not find favor with Feng Shui, while any corner and alcoves are believed to obstruct the flow of chi. Thus, you should place your lights in such a way that there are no dark corners in your living room and that they are also made a part of the living room by brightening them up. Placing a beautiful piece of art or a colorful painting there or a potted plant that has round leaves in such spaces can make them look interesting too and help the flow of chi.

Make sure that you never put straight plants with thorns in such places. Wide wall spaces in the living room can be used to accommodate a mirror that makes your living room look spacious but they must reflect a beautiful view such as view from a window or the fireplace. Placing your mirrors incorrectly will only promote negative energy and can actually have opposite results. Cluttered living rooms are not a constructive living room idea according to Feng Shui. Do not try to accommodate too much furniture in the living room. If you really want to decorate your living room in Feng Shui style, your TV or sound system, should not be placed as one of the more important pieces or their electromagnetic waves may disrupt the flow of chi.

Feng Shui also refers to masculine energy called yin and feminine energy called yang and seeks to balance them both. Thus, incorporate feminine elements such as soft cushions on the floor or the sofa and fresh flowers on the center of the table in the living room. However, Feng Shui does not care for dried flowers and actually forbids there use while decorating living rooms. Decorating your living room in Feng Shui style means to promote the feeling of calm and relaxation. It suggests that furniture layout of the living room should be more intimate, circular at its best. Furniture should never be pushed up against the walls and the seating area should be so arranged that guests are comfortable and sit facing the door.

To make sure that we are decorating living rooms, exactly according to the living room, you can use a Ba-gua or the Feng Shui plan that maps eight important areas of our lives, namely, family, career, education, fame, relationships, health, children and travel. You need to determine the direction of the house and then superimpose the Ba-Gua on the house map to find out which area represents what aspect of your life. Even inside the living room, you can place the Ba-gua and decorate it appropriately to ensure that everything goes well with you. A cactus in the wealth corner of your home may mean a thorn in your wealth aspect while a fish bowl or an aquarium, plants with round leaves, crystals or wind chimes there may bring in more money into the house and get you the desired promotion.

You must keep the entrance of your home and living room clear of any clutter. It should have lots of light and open to welcome chi. Never place a mirror, directly opposite the door of the living room, so that chi is not reflected back. Avoid putting up photographs or pictures that are not actually happy or soothing to you as the first thing to see in the living room, as soon as you enter the door. Instead place the photograph of happy times you had or your most beloved person there, so that your mood lightens up as soon as you enter your living room. Be sure to put If your living room has an awkward shape, place mirrors strategically to direct chi all over the living room. While wind chimes can actually sound good and helps you to soothe your nerves, an organized clutter-free living room with good aesthetic sense speaks of a perfect Feng Shui living room.

PAINTING LIVING ROOM:

Painting living room is the starting point for living room remodeling. First, choose a living room color scheme and choose paint colors for walls, doors, trims, accessories and accents. Living room paint colors should be chosen based on the largest piece of furniture that dominates the room, the focal point of the room, the size of the room, the height of its ceiling, the amount of light that it gets, the uses the room will be put to and most importantly, the feel you want in your room. Once the living room paint colors are decided, pay attention to the living room paint finishes. Paint finish can also alter the feel of your living room.

Flat or matte paint finish with no shine is best for walls that have minor surface imperfections. These days they have good stain resistance too. Eggshell or velvet finishes with a soft glow are best for living room walls and look elegant and sophisticated. They are easier to clean too. Satin or semi-gloss paint finishes are best for doors and trims and highlighting architectural details. You may also use gloss finish for door, trims and specialty areas according to your choice. The sheen of the walls and the smoothness of the texture in semi-gloss and gloss paints make them easy to clean and scrub. For families with small children, you may want to use washable wall paints that are very easy to wipe and clean.

For living room walls, it is best to use latex or water based paint that dries up quickly and can be washed using soap and water but it is better to use oil-based alkyd paint for doors and windows as it penetrated wood better does not stick when the doors and windows are shut for longer periods of time, especially during winters. To calculate the amount of paint you will need for you living room, measure the perimeter of the living room walls by adding up their widths and the multiply it with the height of wall from floor to ceiling. Subtract the area of open areas from it such as doors, windows and archways to known the wall area that needs to be painted. Some paint types and colors may need more than one coat so take the number of coats you need to cover the walls into account too. Usually, a gallon of flat paint color covers 400 square feet but you may take paint manufacturer's instructions as your guideline.

The entrance foyer, family room and the living room are heavy traffic areas and are the first places of your house that is seen by your guests. Hence, they define the first impression about you and your personality in your guest's mind. Experiment with colors and patterns to create a stylish and great looking living room to make the right statement. Make sure that you maintain the harmony and visual flow and take into account the rooms visible from your living room. If you practically live in your living room, you may prefer to have glazed, marbleized or textured walls as they do not look dirty or show up finger marks so easily. This can be easily achieved using faux painting techniques that are so popular as living room painting ideas these days.

You may want to add height to the living room without breaking the monochromatic look of the room by using dark color alternating with lighter shade of the same color or glazed version of the same paint color to create stripes on the walls. Instead of flat paint finish, choose pastel colors and it is advisable to use chocolate brown or very dark colors in satin or semi-gloss finish, so that they don't look drab and dreary. You may add faux crackle finish to your living room wall by first painting it with dark color and then with lighter color. Thus, when the paint crackles, the darker color from beneath gives an interesting look to the living room walls. If you are using faux painting techniques, choose the right kind of paint. Faux dragging technique may not be able to use latex paint as it dries too quickly. You may also want to add interesting murals to your living room walls to cheer up the room a little.