Choosing Furniture for Common Living Spaces

While shared spaces, or coliving spaces, are an innovative way to collaborate and save money, as well as a host of other benefits, when it comes to furnishing your shared space, you need to be a little more creative than usual in order to ensure that you accommodate everyone. Your shared areas need to be functional, but that doesn’t mean that you should compromise on style; you want the space to be inviting enough to make everyone who uses the space, as well as their visitors, feel at home.

Setting the Stage

The first thing you need to to in order to set an intimate and neutral tone, is to choose a color palette and coordinate your decor and furnishings in a cohesive way, causing a cosy and effect. If you stick with neutral tones, then the area won’t look too cluttered or busy with a few unique or vibrant throws, rugs and cushions scattered around.

Furnishing the Space

Deciding on furniture pieces for a shared living space can be tricky, when you try to pick pieces which suit everyone’s taste while keeping functionality in mind. Since you need to accommodate several people, it’s vital that you have ample seating space – and extra, for when company comes over. Besides your sofas, you should have as many ottomans and small benches as you can fit, preferably tucked away when not in use so as to not make the area claustrophobic. When you are deciding on a dining room and coffee table, choose shapes that best complement the room they will be placed in. A round table in the corner is a great way to maximise space, as well as a rectangular or oblong central coffee table.

The Finishing Touches

Once you have chosen your major pieces, and you have draped and decorated your area according to your color scheme, then it’s time to tackle the finer details. Allocate a common area where all the members of the house can chuck their keys into when they enter the front door. Find a pretty basket which fits in with your color scheme, as well as a hat and coat rack, if your house doesn’t have an entry closet.

While neutral tones and furniture helps you keep the mood uncluttered, there are still plenty of ways to add a personal touch to the decor, make everyone feel at home by including their input. Get everyone to choose a style of throw pillow, and designate one wall to a photo gallery which features all the members of the house (past and present, if the dynamics are prone to be short-term). Use photo frames that echo your selected color scheme, and the overall effect is of an inviting space with character and warmth.

Last but not least, set the right mood in your shared spaces by using the right lighting. Your kitchen area will need functional lighting, whereas your living and dining rooms provide a cosier ambience when you use low lighting and freestanding lamps.

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