>> Mar 24, 2017
A living room is more than just a place where you come to watch TV after a long day at work. It is the focal point of your house, a place where you and your family come to spend some quality time together, as well as a place where you meet and greet your guests. Because of this, if there is one area of the house that you should really put the effort in it should be your living room. Here are six ideas that could help you make it into something really special.
1. Painting the Accent Wall
The most obvious first step in any room’s makeover would be its painting. However, this can be a) a lot of work and b) an expensive project (provided you go with commercial painters). Luckily, there is a simple alternative to this particular problem and it’s called painting accent wall. Here, all you need to do is paint a single wall in the room and this will visually trick its visitors to see the entire room in that color.
2. Emphasis on Natural Light
Next issue you need to address is the question of light in the room. Even though there are some amazing artificial solutions out there, you might want to turn to a natural light as well. First of all, it is vital to the mental health of the inhabitants and second, it helps bring out the best in your home. A large windows or even a glass slide door to the backyard would be great, but if you don’t have these available, you could always resort to enhancing it with some mirrors. You could also align the furniture so that it doesn’t obstruct the flow of the light through the room.
3. Extended Room
Another thing to keep in mind is that your living room is often not an isolated space. In a case of an open floor plan, the adjacent rooms will feel like they belong to it as well. This is why you need to include them into the room’s design as well (at least their parts that are visible from the living room). Same goes for the backyard. If you are not that enthusiastic over this idea, you might want to cut it off with blinders or even a curtain.
4. Resort to Optical Illusion
Seeing how you probably bought rather than constructed the house, you may not be precisely happy with the height of the room. While upgrading it physically would require a costly and lengthy construction project, making them appear taller or smaller is not so complicated. All you need to do is use a low hanging chandelier to make it look smaller or lower furniture to make it appear larger. According to renowned curtains retailers from Perth the length of a curtain can also influence the perception of the room’s size.
5. Indoors Jungle
A lot of people might try to introduce a bit of nature into their home with fresh flowers, especially in the early spring, but why stop there. Why not make your living room into a proper indoors jungle? This way, you can enjoy being surrounded by nature during the course of an entire year. Nonetheless, this would mean finding the right combination of household plants for every corner of the room, but this will make the entire project even more fun. Some of the recommended options are going with schefflera or something from the philodendron family.
6. Include a Reading Nook
In the end, it is important that you don’t forget about yourself amidst this decoration to accommodate friends and family. Pick a corner of the room and make it into your own shrine of rest and relaxation; your own fortress of solitude. In order to decorate this reading nook all you need is one comfy armchair and of course a suitable lighting source. The best idea here is probably to go with a subtle floor lamp or even a scented candle.
As you can see, none of the abovementioned makeover ideas is particularly expensive or difficult to make. Still, they still require a bit of strategic planning and some determination to see this project through. Nevertheless, the end results are always more than worth the effort.
Author bio: Steven Clarke is a business consultant, interested in design and all things DIY. When not working on new projects, he likes to spend his time in the great outdoors.