If you’re anything like me then your living room is the heart of your home; a place where you can snuggle down, relax, and unload the stresses of the day while catching up with a favourite television programme, or losing yourself in a good book. Living rooms are also a place for family and friends; an adaptable space that’s a home cinema, gaming room, reading nook, and play room whenever the need arises. So, what happens when yours suddenly loses its appeal, fails in its efforts to calm you, or no longer feels like home?
Five tips for a fantastic facelift
The good news is that upgrading your living room could be a lot easier than you’d been anticipating – and dreading. Sometimes it’s enough to have a good clean and to give your living room the tender loving care it deserves. Aren’t we all a little better for a good pampering, after all? However, if you’ve polished, dusted, vacuumed, and spritzed, and remain unhappy with your living room, here are five simple ways to give your space a facelift.
Clear the clutter
One of the common reasons people fall out of love with their living room is that they’ve forgotten what the space is supposed to be used for. Has your living room become something of a dumping ground, cluttered with paperwork, clean washing, and items that have only made it halfway to their usual residence? If so, it’s time to banish the clutter and reclaim your space. Clever solutions, including coffee table drawers, stackable boxes, and media units with integrated storage, will rejuvenate your living room in very little time at all.
Play with colour
If the walls haven’t been decorated since you first moved in, or you’ve fallen out of love with that colour combination, it could be time to rethink your living room’s décor. The colour specialists at Pantone have named vibrant Greenery as their shade of the year, and there are dozens of ways that you could work this natural, refreshing tone into your living room. Green is symbolic of new life and beginnings, after all. If you’re a little more cautious with colour, consider decorating your living room’s walls with neutral shades of white, light grey, beige, or cream, and using a feature wall or coloured accessories to add character.
Make the most of light
We’re often so busy thinking about furniture, accessories, and colours, that we forget to consider the most obvious thing of all; the role that light can play in our living room. If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with large windows, it’s essential to make the most of the natural light that floods into your home each day. Mirrors are a great way to brighten any space, reflecting light to make even the smallest space appear far larger. Café style plantation shutters are also a fantastic idea, particularly if you need to control the amount of light entering your rooms, or to prevent passers-by peeping in. Shutters are excellent for maintaining privacy, and will allow a steady stream of cooling air into your living room during the summer months.
Another simple way to give your living room a facelift is to alter its furniture, soft furnishings, and accessories. Adding cushions, sofa covers, a rug, and pictures is a great way to create colour and character without making any dramatic, irreversible changes, while seasonal flowers, either fresh or silk, will keep your living room up to date regardless of the time of year. New sofas, a coffee table or improved storage are a great investment if you’re looking to update your living room; although a little more permanent than other accessories, they’ll transform your space into one you can be proud of.
Add a theme
Finally, think about theming your living room. As mentioned previously living rooms are flexible spaces, hosting numerous family events. Do you use your lounge to host gaming or movie nights? Is it a room dominated by kids’ toys and playthings? Choose colours, furnishings, and accessories that accentuate your living room’s uses, including movie memorabilia, replenished bookcases, or imaginative toy storage. Reclaim your living room, and have as much fun with its design as you can.
While not exhaustive, of course, this brief list should provide plenty of inspiration for the next time you decide to pamper your living room. Perhaps you’ve had a few ideas of your own and can’t wait to put them into practice. Whatever you do, have fun; your home is yours to enjoy.
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