1. The living area: the beating heart of the house
As the English term "living room" indicates, that is a room that is lived in, the living area is the fulcrum of the house, an area that welcomes and gathers guests and inhabitants.
The space that is used most during the day, must be designed with care, with the aim of ensuring comfort and relaxation for those who occupy it. The first element to be taken into consideration is the availability and spatial conformation of the environment.
This element significantly affects not only the furniture choices but also and above all the distribution of the rooms. In any case, regardless of the choices you make, it is important to keep in mind some elements that can help to obtain a functional and aesthetically satisfactory result.
1 - SPACE
It is necessary to know the width of the area that is available to always guarantee freedom of movement even after entering the dimensions chosen for the furniture.
2 - FUNCTIONALITYIt is a fundamental condition if you want to obtain a practical and perfect environment to live every day. Choosing functionality does not mean sacrificing aesthetics since today there are solutions on the market that can reconcile both.
3 - LIGHTThe living room is experienced during the day and a fortiori, compared to other rooms in the house, it must be bright. Natural light must be exploited to the best, through adjustable openings as needed. The room must be totally illuminated, without shadow corners, limited to its orientation. Where it is not possible to enjoy natural lighting, we intervene with artificial lighting, distributed evenly and where necessary. To this end, it is preferable to choose point sources projected towards work surfaces, spaces dedicated to reading or details that are particularly beautiful to look at. To recreate a diffused ambient light, the insertion of a floor lamp is instead indicated.
The lighting parameters, if respected, ensure psycho-physical comfort and make the rooms more livable.
2. Project choice: open space or separate rooms?
Since its origins, home has been synonymous with shelter, the place where you can find refreshment after your working days, where you meet and compare. For this reason, the design has always set itself the main objective of meeting the needs of users.
However, today, important changes in the social structure and lifestyles have caused a slow and progressive structural review of homes that must respond to ever-changing needs.
In the houses of the past it was usual to find a classic subdivision of the rooms, distinguished according to the intended use.
Today there is less and less opting for this traditional solution, both for social reasons (interpersonal relationships are more open and informal) and economic (the crisis and the high cost of housing), in favor of unique and multifunctional environments.
This is how the living room and kitchen merge into a single space, aimed at hosting the family but also the guests, once they are welcomed into aseptic and little-lived rooms. Faced with the dual choice that sees open spaces contrasting with environments divided in a clear way, there are advantages and disadvantages that must be taken into consideration. If the single room with multiple functions makes the most of the space available, on the other hand the division of the rooms allows for more privacy and a clearer distinction of use.
It is therefore essential to know your personal needs and tastes in order to be able to choose the best structure to be used for your home before any renovation or ex-novo intervention.
3. The open space: advantages and disadvantages
If the elements that inspire you in imagining the home environment are openness, spatial fluidity, and interconnection, the advice is to opt for open space. From the English "open space" it is a solution that does not provide for dividing elements between one environment and another, in favor of a unique environment.
The merger mostly concerns the living area and may include the living room and kitchen or the living room and dining room. Spatial availability, as always, has a significant influence on the final result; in fact, if you are lucky enough to enjoy large sizes, the rooms can be followed one after the other in a fluid way but still ensuring an apparently abstract division.
Like any design choice, it has some advantages but also several problems that should not be ignored and which can be remedied. Among the reasons why the open space is now very chosen by people, the social aspect is placed: a unique environment would increase the bonds of those who live there. In fact, the open plan is lived freely, developing exchanges and flows between those who share this type of space.
Sharing is a highly debated reality and equally useful for the historical period in which we live. For this reason, encouraging relationships and exchanges can be an even more successful solution if one started from the home and from the everyday.
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