1. COLOR. The color of your new room should be harmonious – in pleasing proportion and selected with regard for your family likes and dislikes.
2. COMFORT. Comfort is key to selecting sofas and chairs. If you want your room to be totally hospitable, then be sure to select well proportioned and comfortable seating.
3. FURNITURE. Be sure to group your furniture to allow talk to flow easily. It’s also important that your furniture be adaptable to different situations. Be sure there is ample space for extra seating when you must accommodate an unusually large number of people. Arrange your furniture so that it’s pleasant to watch TV, listen to the radio, or even work on the computer if needed. Consider traffic lanes carefully so that there will be no awkwardness in moving around the room. Also, give a thought to coziness as well as the aesthetics of your furniture. A home without warmth, no matter how tasteful, can have an adverse effect on most people
4. FABRICS. Be sure that your fabric selections are pleasing in texture as well as harmonious in color, with good wearing and maintenance qualities for your sake and your budget’s.
5. LIGHTING. A lighting plan must be created to enhance your overall room setting and illuminate special room’s activities. Provide soft lighting for entertaining and direct or task lighting for reading.
6. LAMPS. Be sure your lamps are the right height and of a size that’s in balance with other furnishings. Today’s lamp shades come in a variety of textures, colors and styles, so consider selecting decorative shades to compliment your room’s overall décor.
7. MAINTENANCE. Your living room must be livable for you; therefore maintenance is a major consideration. Select practical yet decorative furnishings and fabrics that will lighten your household load. You’ll get more enjoyment from having guests and they will feel far more welcome.