Your living room should be the most comfortable room in your home. This starts with the furniture and extends all the way to lighting, flooring, and beyond. The living room truly is the “family” room. It’s where everyone should be able to relax, catch up on the day’s events, and watch the latest blockbuster movie or sporting event. If you’re feeling like your living room set up is keeping your family from being able really enjoy the space, it’s easy to make some small changes. Here are a few ways to help you do just that.

Think about wall color

The easiest way to transform the look and feel of a room is to change the paint color. Keep in mind, you want your living room space to be somewhat tranquil and relaxing. If your space is particularly small, you want to give the illusion of a larger room. Using lighter neutral shades will expand the feel of the room. If you are a lover of color, choose one wall for a bold accent. The fireplace wall is a great wall for an accent color. Your mantel and surround will help tone down a darker, bolder accent wall so it doesn’t overwhelm the space. Just remember, is so easy to alter the look and feel of any room with a fresh paint job.

Add comfy elements

Accent pillows and throw blankets instantly warm up any space. There are endless styles of pillow covers available right now, so you can transform your accent pillows when the mood strikes. Change your pillows with the seasons. A variety of inexpensive pillow covers can help you celebrate each season. Fall accent pillow covers may have pumpkins, leaves, and generally warm colors like golds and browns. Spring covers  can be bursting with lots of flowers. Likewise, summertime themes like sunshine, sunglasses, and lemonade can be found of a variety of pillow covers. Winter covers include the cutest Christmas themes like Santa, snow, and snowmen.  This is a very affordable way to give your living room a facelift.

Throw blankets are great for family members who might not like the air conditioning set as cool as others. Instead of asking those who like the colder temperatures to suffer in the heat, a handy throw blanket is perfect for warming up. They are also great accent decor to add to your pillow covers. The combination makes your living room seem more inviting and cozy.

Add a focal point

Most rooms have some kind of a focal point. It’s the thing that grabs your attention when you first enter a room. This could be a bold art piece or dramatic fireplace mantel. There is nothing more dramatic that amazing lighting. You can definitely turn heads with an ornate Murano chandelier or an oversized, industrial-style pendant light, An incredible ceiling fan also can be a game changer. We’re used to run of the mill fixtures, so any type of lighting that breaks the norm can make a big statement. These fixtures are many times an afterthought, builder’s grade fixtures often are installed and we never think about them again. Don’t fall into this rut.

You can also think about adding an unusual furniture piece. A carved coffee table or quirky color chair can add flair to the room. If you’re looking for storage, a tall chest of drawers isn’t just for the bedroom. Think of adding it to the living room. With a lamp and some picture frames on top of one, a chest like that can absolutely work in the living room. Re-purposed bedroom furniture can be a surprise element in a living room space.

Is your living room dated or drab, or has it been a while since you switched up the colors or invested in new accessories? If you’re looking to breathe new life into your living space, take these simple ideas and add your own. Don’t be afraid of color. Dare to try some new ways to give your living room a facelift. You may fall in love with the space all over again. 

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