What makes a well-designed living room? The answer is as subjective as the question. In my eyes, a well-designed living room complements your life. Like a great novel, it feels like it was created just for you. The layout offers freedom and comfort. The furniture hugs you. The light dances. Everything works. And as these living room design ideas prove, it’s a space that bolsters wellbeing.
The intersection of beauty and wellness is where interior designers Sarah Barnard and Lauren Sullivan thrive. Barnard, who is the founder and principal of Sarah Barnard Design, believes that our homes offer the greatest potential when our needs are made paramount. “Functionality should be the foundation of any designed space, with aesthetics working to support and build upon the core needs of the inhabitants,” says Barnard. In essence, a well-designed room serves you.
This ethos is shared by Sullivan, the founder and principal of Well x Design. As the name of her firm suggests, wellness must be as critical as beauty. “I always begin with ‘the how,’” says Sullivan. “How my clients will use the space and how we want the space to feel.”
Barnard and Sullivan’s approaches circle back to my original question. They also inspire a healthy way to approach home décor: What best supports your wellness may just be the ultimate keys to your most well-designed space.
Featured image by Teal Thomsen.
5 Living Room Design Ideas to Support Your Style and Wellbeing
Tip #1: Consider Your Needs
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