The living room is a much loved part of the home and is often a high traffic area. In our home, and I assume in many of yours it will also have furniture that can’t be easily replaced as the trends change. So here are my ideas for keeping your living space feeling fresh and as ‘you’ as possible, without it costing the world.
It can be easy to get carried away in thinking that everything needs to change to make a space feel fresh and new again, but it’s not always the case. Sometimes it can be the small things that change the way a space feels. From moving the furniture around the room to adding some new colour and even some new artwork. When things get a little boring in my living space I like to change the cushion covers to something that gives it a new feel. It might seem so basic, but it can really make a difference.
Start with Colour and then Pattern
Whether you’re a bright and bold colour lover like me, or prefer the neutrals, you can still make things different by picking a colour scheme you’d like for the small things, like cushions or a throw or a rug, and add them to your pinterest to see how they look together. Things don’t have to be matchy-matchy to work, it just depends on how you like things to look. If you’re feeling bold you can even look at patterns that might go well together. It could be that you want to add stripes and you could choose 3 -4 different colours of a similar stripe size or even just one or two.
Play with Light
If your living space doesn’t get much natural light or you want to make your living space feel more cozy at night you might like to add a floor lamp or two to give the room a different feel. Some are quite reasonably priced and can make for great reading lights on quiet nights. You could even choose a softer bulb than usual for some ambiance.
Just Add Art
Artwork is a great way to make a room feel different without it costing the earth. There are so many great emerging artists selling their prints online that you can pick up for a reasonable price whilst also supporting them in following their dreams. Frames can also be purchased for a great price too if the artwork is of a standard size. You could do a gallery of prints or go with one large feature piece for the wall. They make great conversation starters and are also a great way to help you choose your colours for your space, if you want to subtly match.
What You Like
It’s important to note that whilst living spaces you might see online or in magazines can look quite mesmerising, we need to remember how our home functions and what we actually like. Your style is different to the next persons and it can be the way you want it to be even if it’s not just how it might appear online. (Remember they are probably hiding their mess just out of shot). Have fun with it and take some time to work out what you like and what you don’t. It can be fun to just have a go and see.
What’s your favourite thing in your living room?