As one could image given its name, the living room is one of the most commonly used rooms of the house. In Australia, it’s the go-to space for leisure and relaxation. It’s also one of the first spots guests notice and spend time in when they visit your home. Therefore, it’s important to design a living room built to impress anyone who sets foot in it, and it’s even more important to curate a room that makes you and your family or friends feel comfortable. If you want to maintain or improve your living environment, there are a number of ways to do so. Some that we’ve included below are a bit more expensive while others are very economical. In either case, all the suggestions we’ve provided are sure to be worthwhile investments in the long run. So if you are considering a living room makeover, try out a few of these hot tips:
- Install Some Stylish Window Blinds
A room without window furnishings looks naked, and a room with ugly window furnishings is nearly as bad. If your home is looking a bit dull or dreary, some fresh window blinds may do the trick! They are a great way to brighten up your living room if desired, but also keep out the light and heat on demand. From roller blinds to roman blinds to vertical blinds and more, there’s a variety out there to suit any home. Different types of blinds have different functions and styles. Some are timeless and traditional, others are modern; some are controlled manually and others automatically. No matter which one you choose, your living room is sure to benefit as a result.
- Upgrade Your Dated Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are right up there with window furnishings in term of adding to or detracting from a room’s aesthetic appeal. Good lighting fixtures help create ambiance, cosiness and wellbeing, while bad lighting fixtures can actually increase feelings of stress and depression. Therefore, we recommend that you assess the light fixtures in your living room, and replace them if you feel they’re negatively affecting the feel of the space. Soft, natural-looking lights are ideal for living areas. It’s optimal to have light coming from various sources, so try and mix it up by having a combination of ceiling fixtures, floor lamps, desk lamps or even wall lights!
- Add Some Pops of Colour
Subdued, minimalist interior design has been trending for a few years now, but bold and colourful living rooms will always be in fashion. Even if you prefer mostly muted tones in your home, a few cheeky pops of bright colour can help enhance your living area and create a more cheery atmosphere. We love reds, oranges and blues as our default statement colours, but variations of these hues (like magentas, siennas and deep purples) can also work wonders.
- Invest in High-Quality Storage Units
A messy and disorganised living room is a guaranteed turn-off for guests. Even if you’re not a big entertainer, a chaotic home environment can also have ill effects on your own standard of living. An easy solution is so install a storage until to neatly house all of your possessions and keep them out of sight. Wall fixtures and stand alone storage facilities both have their place. Which you prefer is entirely up to you. However, you should do research beforehand to make sure you are getting a quality piece that will look nice and hold up over the years. Media units and wooden trunks are two attractive and functional storage options that work really well in living rooms and family rooms.
- Pick the Right Living Furniture
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your living room, you will want a nice place to sit. Lounge suites are a great furniture option for living rooms, since they come in a coordinated set, can seat many people, and are a relatively cost-effective way to fill the space. That being said, a random assortment of plush armchairs or an ornate coffee table surrounded by a couple of loveseats can also work wonders, depending on the look of your home and who is living there. The thing to consider when picking living furniture is what will be comfortable, and what will either help open up the space if it feels cramped or close it off a bit of the room is too vast. This is key to creating a living area that you will want to spend time in.
What living room design tips can you add to the list? Let us know below!