How to Design a Living Room that’s as Unique as You Are

How to design a living room: it’s the one room that most of us especially want to reflect our personality and taste. Or, more accurately, we want it to show our unique style. With the sheer amount of mass-produced furniture flooding the market every year, it’s hard to really know if we’re buying pieces that reflect ourselves, because after all, won’t thousands of other people have the same thing?

If it’s unique furniture you’re looking for, then look no further than the Parker Knoll furniture range. Parker Knoll fabrics are sourced from the finest mills across the world, and are selected according to strict criteria in design, enduring quality and ultimate comfort. Parker Knoll’s unique spring system created new standards of comfort, and the continuing craftsmanship and attention to detail reflect the unique, innovative spirit of the company’s founder. You can be sure that when you choose a Parker Knoll piece, you are getting something with countless hours of attention, care and craftsman skill poured into it, that embodies the century-long tradition of the Parker Knoll name.

Choosing furniture is one thing, but before you do, you need to think about the overall design of your living space. Here are some things to think about before you make any decisions on what furniture or other items to put in there:

1) Consider the use

Will you be entertaining a lot? Will the room be used for simple rest and relaxation? Is it a place you want your family to gather, play games, or watch television together? Think about how much seating you will need, and whether you have enough space for all of it. If there are going to be less sofas or other seating, think about what other furniture would look nice in the space you have.

2) Consider the space

Look at the shape and area of your living room; get a grasp on the measurements. Tailor your furniture choices to fit the space, so that you can maintain a good “flow” through the room. Most rooms have a natural “focal point” like a window, fireplace, space for the television – how can the furniture fit best around that focal point?

3) Consider the audience

Try to position furniture in such a way that will allow everyone in the room to be able to see and talk to each other. If you’re a close-knit family, make the furniture arrangement reflect that, so that everyone can feel “close” wherever they happen to be sitting.

Finally, and most importantly…

4) Make sure YOU like the design

All of these ideas are supposed to help you create a living room that’s as unique as you are. Make sure that for all of the above considerations, you are taking your own preference into account.

Parker Knoll living room furniture is made with care, and loaded with character and style. Browse our Parker Knoll Living range now to see which unique, specially designed pieces will be able to create the perfect living room space that reflects who you really are.


How to Use Parker Knoll Chair Covers to Revamp Your Living Room

The living room: it’s the one room that most of us especially want to reflect our personality and taste. Or, more accurately, we want it to show our unique style. With the sheer amount of mass-produced furniture flooding the market every year, it’s hard to really know if we’re buying pieces that reflect ourselves, because after all, won’t thousands of other people have the same thing? That’s where Parker Knoll chair covers come in handy.

When you own furniture and other living room items over a long period of time, it is easy for them to drag down the overall feel of your living space. Whether the problem is dull colours, out-of-date style, worn/damaged fabrics or something else, it can be tricky to know what the best course of action to take is. The idea of replacing everything in the room is daunting and expensive, but you should know that it shouldn’t have to come to that.

How simply changing chair covers can transform a room

Even with the simplest change to your furniture, like replacing the chair covers, can work to totally revamp your room, breathing new life into the space. Parker Knoll chair covers are made in a variety of fabrics and styles to suit many tastes. It’s amazing what a new chair cover can do, but it’s important that you consider carefully how exactly to use it best in your living room.

For example, if you’re living room is fairly small, then it’s a good idea to use lighter colours that might help create interesting contrasts. This will generate the illusion of the room being lighter and more spacious.

Try different fabrics for style and budget

Do you like suede fabrics? Are you reluctant to buy them because you also have children or pets that you’re afraid might damage them? Well, faux suede is of a much higher quality these days, and is also more stain resistant and so good for these families. If you’re on a budget, then some plainer patterns will help save money, while still injecting that desired new vibe into your living room.

Avoid materials and fabrics that clash

Considering combinations of furniture materials and fabrics is also important. If you have chrome-finish furniture, then you should avoid floral fabrics, which in inevitably clash and look bizarre. Wooden furniture works well with richer, tapestry-like fabrics, as well as with various leather choices or even silk. A good idea is to take a look at your furniture’s history, and do a bit of research into what would have been a popular choice when it was made. This helps your furniture maintain its original style and appeal.

If your furniture is more modern, however, then it never really hurts to be a bit more adventurous. Try out some different colours and fabrics and see what works. Old and tired furniture saps the life out of any room. It’s amazing how a simple restyle can work wonders to revitalize the space and make it much more desirable to sit in and relax again. Explore our interesting range of Parker Knoll furniture and see if there’s something you think will also brighten up or revamp your living room.

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Chair Vs Sofa - What’s Ideal for Your Living Room?

There is certainly a great deal of choice out there when it comes to picking living room furniture. Those starting out with an empty room to furnish will be constantly asking themselves the age-old question – chair vs sofa? So, what should we consider when answering this important question? It will help define the comfort and feel of our living space.

Where to start planning your living room space?

The size and space of your living room is probably a good place to start. Is the room part of an open-plan layout? Or is it part of something more segregated? A larger space gives you greater scope when choosing between sofas and chairs, in that it clearly gives you more freedom to choose both. The majority of people, however, do not have this luxury and therefore must consider other things.

Parker Knoll Chairs or Sofas? Which is best for your room?

Spaces with high ceilings are well suited for sofas or Parker Knoll chairs with high backs, while furniture with a lower back is good if you need to create the illusion of more space in a smaller room.

Sofa and Chair Combo

If symmetry is your thing, then a pair of sofas is the natural choice, as these can be easily aligned to create that even and energetic feeling you desire. If you do want a sofa and chair combo though, then you can always use a small table and lamp next to the arm chair to even out the space and line up the two sides.

Open Plan Spaces

The growing trend of open-plan living spaces can actually create problems for those who previously may have always preferred sofas. Given that in an open plan, every wall section is used for either a wall unit, window, TV or something else, it is very difficult to place sofas in an arrangement that doesn’t render invisible something important that you hope people will be able to see comfortably. In this case, a selection of chairs would be advantageous.

Another advantage of using chairs over sofas is the creation of a stronger feeling of personal space. If you are someone who values your own space, then not having to share it on a sofa could be a good option.

Explore the range of Parker Knoll sofas and chairs on our website and see which ones would be the most suitable for your living space.