Undoubtedly, the living room is where any family spends most of their time, either by hanging out or simply watching the TV together. Doesn’t matter if it is mom’s favorite cooking channel, dad’s favorite sports channel, or the kids enjoying their cartoon serials, the living room helps bring everyone together for sure.
For a place that is used this often and by so many people, it makes a lot of sense to try to redesign it so as to make it beautiful and more visually appealing. The sweet spot to redesigning a living room is to balance comfort and style.
Here are 10 ways you can bring new life to your living room:
The Centre of Attention
As we mentioned earlier, most of the time spent by a family in the living room is done watching the TV, which is the ideal way of entertainment and also the center of attention for most people. Keeping this in mind, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that how you position your TV makes a lot of difference to your watching experience.
It is important to make sure that your TV is properly visible to everyone in the room and from every seating position. It is to be made sure that the light coming in from any windows nearby is not interrupting the screen. Moreover, make sure to try to find a way to hide your TV wires since having them just hung outside can ruin the vibe of your cozy living room.
You can also check out our guide on how to hide TV wires and cable management if you need any help to get yourself started. In case you happen to have a fireplace in your living room, you can also try to place your TV above it so as to go for a more exotic look.
Setting the Mood with the Right Colors
The vibe that a room gives out depends heavily on the colors, the textures, and of course, the shades you use. Since different colors bring out different feelings, it is important to understand a bit of color science.
For a light and minimalistic feeling, you can go with classic white walls with navy-blue window frames and switchboards along with a mini in-house garden to compliment the breezy feeling.
For a more bubbly and cheerful vibe, you can go with yellow walls and grass carpets to replicate the feeling of walking in a park. Vibes like this are often preferred by children.
It’s not just artists and performers who need the right lighting, your living room does too. With the right lighting, you can set the vibe right in no time. Regular tube lights and bulbs are a thing of the past. Today, most people have started switching to highly efficient LED dimmable lights and even color-shifting lights that you can control via your smartphone!
One of the smart ways to use lighting is to understand where to put them. For instance, placing some blue or golden lights behind some furniture like pots or vases can really bring out the ambiance of the room. Try out different positions and see what works for you!
Let the Curtains Add the Luxury
A set of lush good-smelling curtains can really change the way your living room feels. With curtains, you can control how much natural light you want to let into the room to adjust the vibe according to different occasions or moods.
For a more luxurious feeling, replace curtains with drapes that achieve the same goal but are much heavier and often thicker and let in even lesser natural light.
Let your Furniture speak for you
Decorating your living room will always be incomplete without the right furniture. Depending on the vibe you are going for, you can select your furniture accordingly – either simple and minimalistic or sophisticated and eye-catchy.
The right set of furniture is one that complements each other. Couches, sofas, ottomans, and a coffee table are pretty much “must-have” articles of furniture these days. However, make sure to try to find the perfect balance between form and function.
Simply looking beautiful is not enough when it comes to furniture, nor is it enough to just be useful but not look meaningful. For instance, the armrest on the sofa should be big enough that you can instantly put your phone aside whenever needed and enjoy the moment with your family.
What Smells So Good?
Just like how we apply perfume on ourselves when going to attend parties or celebrating festivals, in the same manner, it is best to do the same for the places you actually spend most of your time in.
Usually, people are pretty conscious of all the other aspects of their living rooms like lighting and colors and curtains, but the olfactory aspect is usually not paid much attention to.
Little things like scented candles or occasional sprays of room refreshers can really uplift the mood of everyone in the room. Try different smells and see which one is the best for you!
Art is not optional
In our view, having a touch of art in your living room is not just an “additional” thing, but an absolute must-have. It doesn’t have to be something really expensive, a simple and elegant painting on the wall (or even a couple of them) that you really like can work wonders.
If paintings are not your forte, you can even add sculptures, big or small, to have something beautiful to look at every time you enter your living room.
Keep It Clean with Ample Storage
So often our rooms are cluttered with things that don’t even need to be there. To make your living room look clean and organized, make sure to have enough storage where you can keep things like magazines or newspapers, or other consumables that don’t always need to be in sight.
Add Comfort with Soft Carpets
Couches and sofas have their own place, but so does a really good lush carpet that your feet will thank you to have bought.
In fact, oftentimes people even recommend sitting on the carpet instead of couches or chairs so as to feel the natural energy of the room in your body.
Make Dining more flavourful
The dining area is where you and your family come together to do what everyone loves doing: eating. So why not turn this experience into a special one? Using warm lights and colors near the dining area can evoke a really inviting feeling.
We recommend opting for a glass dining table with a small potted plant at the center along with black saucers so to really bring out the color of your food on top.
The tips mentioned above can really help you add more liveliness to your life and your everyday activities. Finding that perfect balance between style, comfort, beauty, and simplicity is what a perfect living space is all about.