The living room is one place in the house where everyone goes to relax and unwind. And this means it has to be more than just a television and sofa; it needs to achieve comfort and coziness whilst being trendy and stylish. It has to be a place where lounging is easy, and getting up is hard.
However, for a living room to truly stand out and impress both your family and friends, it must have its own unique vibe. Whether you are thinking of some major redecorations or just making a few changes, we have come up with our top tips on how to create an extraordinary living space where anyone would love to kick up their feet and spend some downtime. Let’s have a look:
Experiment with lighting
New lighting can completely transform the look of your living room. Layered lighting is ideal as it allows you to create a balanced atmosphere and gives you various lighting options for each occasion in the living room. You should aim for a mix of chandeliers, recessed lighting, wall sconces, and lamps.
If your living room is already well-lit, consider investing in an oversized floor lamp or the classic mercury glass table lamps. These lamps are timeless and work well in all kinds of living rooms, whether contemporary or traditional. If you are looking to spice things up, how about using a colorful lantern to light up a particular corner in the living room? It can be a quirky and fun addition to an otherwise sophisticated living room.
Add a splash of color to your walls
Were you looking for ways to brighten up those bare walls? Use artwork to make an impact. There are really no rules on how to select the right artwork for your living room. When it comes to art, you need to buy what you love; it has to be something you would love to look at a day in and day out.
One thing to remember is not to try and match the art to the color scheme of your room – you need it to stand out and create a visual impact. So if you have a neutral color scheme, a bright piece could be ideal, and vice versa.
If you are looking for something unique for your walls, custom maps can serve as an eye-catching display. You can get a beautiful custom map made of any place in the world that you love; this could be your hometown or the place where you met the love of your life. The map will serve as a lasting memento and add a personal touch to your living room.
Don’t neglect those bookcases
When it comes to decorating a living room, the little bookcase is often neglected. Take the time out to think about what you can do differently to make an impact with your bookshelf. Start by removing everything and deciding which pieces you want to be on display. Stack the books in different ways; some vertically, others horizontally and add in some decorative bookends.
You can bring out some color by using books that have colorful spines. Lastly, don’t forget to add in some nice artwork, decorative trays, and vases. Small groups of items in varying sizes and colors can really take your bookcase to the next level.
Have some fun with new pillows
Something as simple as changing your sofa pillows can do wonders for your living room. You will be surprised by the difference they can make. The key when choosing pillows is to stick to your overall color scheme but mix pillows of different prints and shades to add depth. You could match your pillows to the lamps, decorations, or vases for a uniform look.
Mirrors are a great decorative element for many reasons – they reflect light, make a small space feel bigger, and look beautiful wherever they are placed. If you have a small living room, invest in a large mirror as it will create the illusion of the space being bigger than it actually is.
A large mirror placed behind the sofa or dining table with a few pretty sconces on the sides or a chandelier in front is a look that works in any living room.
Update your old furniture
If you have coffee tables or end tables that are starting to look worn out, consider bringing them back to life with a fresh coat of paint. This can be a great DIY project. For old sofas, you can replace the upholstery or buy a new slipcover for a quick, pocket-friendly refurbishing solution.
The bottom line
If the living room is uninviting and dull, the last thing your family would want is to spend time there. This is why you need to take your time out to decorate your living room. You do not necessarily need to spend a lot of time or significant money on the project; even small changes can help revive an otherwise dull space. The best way to do it is to get the whole family involved in coming up with ideas, and you are sure to end up with a comfortable yet stylish place where you all would love to relax.