For many homeowners, the living room is the epicentre of the home – a place to relax with the family and entertain guests. If yours is looking a little tired, it doesn’t necessarily require an entire makeover that will take up a great deal of time and money. Some of the most effective living room design updates can be done over a long weekend. These simple, yet creative ideas will hopefully get your imagination going so you can freshen up your living room this season.
Add Warming Colours
Deeper colours tend to create a sense of warmth which is exactly the right tone that most people are going for in the living room. Of course, getting the right temperature is important in general with air conditioning and central heating, but if you want to inject some visual heat into the room, start by making a sofa the focal point of the room. You can then try painting the wall behind it in a soft pastel shade, before adding some brighter cushions and throws to the sofa itself.
Rather than having to go through the year round maintenance of real flowers, you could add a few faux flowers to the room. Make sure to buy some that are good quality so they brighten up the room without looking tacky. Display them in a big vase just as you would with fresh flowers and trim and tweak them until you are satisfied. Try to get some that draw the eye without overpowering the room.
Rearrange the Seating
Rearranging the seating in your living room can give it a totally different look. Ideally, you want to create an arrangement that is conducive to people socialising by not isolating any chairs away in a corner. As well as this, you want people to be able to easily navigate their way through the room without tripping over. If your living room is big enough, you could consider creating a second seating zone around a table.
Update Photo Frames
If you don’t have many photos on display around the home, they do add a nice personal touch and look especially good when choosing the right frames. Instead of buying entirely new frames, you could update the ones you have already by painting them in a colour that either matches or contrasts with an important piece of furniture. Plain frames take on a designer look with a couple of coats of high-gloss paint.
Add a Trim to a Cushion Cover
Rather than buying entirely new cushions, you could add a trim to one that you have already by going for a bright colour on a neutral background. All you need to do is remove the pad and pin the braiding around the side of the top face. Next, it is a case of folding neat angles around the corners and hand stitching it onto the cushion.
These are just a few ideas for living room improvements that you could try out to make all the difference to your home.
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