Think of all of the living you do in your living room. It’s the central gathering area of your home. It generally is the most comfortable spot in the entire house besides your bed, of course. It’s where most families spend their evenings before bedtime and as such, should be the most functional room as well.
If you’re in the process of planning for your home improvement projects, why not consider ramping up your style and comfort of your living room as well? Look around the room. Are there side tables that are worn out? Is the style simply tired? Why not embrace some small changes to make your living room the welcoming comfort zone it should be?
When it comes down to creating a beautiful but functioning room, you will need to start by choosing the right style. Today, there are plenty of style trends that can influence your decision, including cottage core, vintage, boho, and many more.
If you’re trying to free up your life from all of its trappings, going minimalist may be the style for you. Having true open space in your living room doesn’t have to be sterile and cold. Just think of it as shaving off unnecessary extras that seem to weigh down your space. Get rid of unused furniture. You know what I’m talking about. Everyone has that one chair no one ever sits in. Or you have extra shelves or tables that just take up space. Clear that stuff out and see how great it feels without all that extra weight in the room. This isn’t expensive to do and can make a big difference.
Lighting your living room is an art – and yet finding the right combination of light fixtures and natural light is never easy. If you are not happy with the current lighting of your living room and you want to change it up, start by understanding what the unique light signature of the room is.
To understand this, look at how the windows are positioned, and, if necessary, take pictures of the room at different times of the day to understand how the light changes. Light gives a room it’s warmth and homey feeling. It makes you feel more comfortable.
Once you understand the room’s light signature and you are aware of how you and your family use that room, you can start to plan for ambience and task light fixtures. And, don’t forget to strategically place mirrors to amplify the light that the room already receives! Be sure to try to keep as much natural light as possible.
Use Accent Furniture
When it comes down to creating a stylish living room on a budget, it is easy to resort to plain or neutral tones and patterns. However, it is important to understand that a room needs to have a focal point to avoid looking boring and dull. Luckily, you can create a focal point in many different ways, depending on your budget and personal preferences.
One of the best ways to create a centerpiece is to use color. You can do so by adding a different wallpaper to a certain area of the room. Or, you can opt to add a piece of art or colorful object against a neutral background. Other ways to create a focal point include investing in an accent furniture piece, such as a large chaise sofa or a great comfy side chair. Adding warm throw blankets and pretty patterned pillows give the area style and comfort.
Decorate With Natural Elements
Don’t skimp on natural elements when redecorating your living areas. Adding greenery automatically adds life and style to your room. Of course live plants are best as they actually clean the air you breath. They also give a sense of well-being and contentment and help with concentration. Even if you just add some artificial plants, the ambiance of the room will change.
Adding a natural slab wood coffee table with metal legs can add a spark of modern style to the room. Your goal should be to make this room stylish and super comfy at the same time. It’s possible to do, you just need to be thoughtful in your choices.