For most of us, rooms serve a practical purpose; however, it’s important to also create rooms where you want to live. Even the living room, for instance, can be a room that lacks coziness. The living room is somewhere to relax and spend time with your family. In some homes, you might notice that the living room is often forgotten, with homeowners preferring to socialize in large kitchen-diner areas.
Do you think it’s time you took more notice of your living room? Maybe the answer is in its decor. If you carefully consider the room’s decor and layout, you could craft it in such a way that it will appeal to your whole family. You may find that you all naturally gravitate towards it more at times when you just want to unwind. To ensure you make better use of your living room, here are some great decor tips that will help you do just that.
Add A Focal Point
A focal point is a must-have for any room. It’s just an aesthetic feature that draws the attention to it. So, it will be the first thing people notice as they enter the room. Focal points can take people’s attention away from any parts of the room that you aren’t quite happy with or still need to decorate. Once you have your focal point in place, you can then decorate the room around it, using the point as the main base to work from. It should then help you create a pleasantly designed living room that is cohesive throughout.
Bring The Outside In
Adding elements of nature to a room help to bring life to it. Your living room will look a lot more inviting if you are able to try and bring the outside in. This will add an airiness to the room and will keep it light and bright. One of the best ways to achieve this is to add houseplants to the room. Not a greenthumb? Not a problem! Consider great low-maintenance rubber plants and ferns. You can often find these in most DIY and homeware stores.
Have more flexibility in your budget? If your living room is right next to the garden, you might even want to consider adding some French doors so that you can open them up when the weather is good. Doing so will make it feel like the room flows out into the garden, which can help create an illusion of space inside.
Be Consistent With Color
Generally speaking, interior designers and stylists all agree that it is better to keep the color palette consistent throughout your whole house. That means that the same or similar colors should be present in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. Your living room is included in this, too! This way, your home’s interiors will flow very naturally. As a result, it won’t be quite as jarring to go from room to room. So, as your living room will feel just like all your other rooms, it won’t be as big a change to enter it. You will then feel more inclined to use it, and if you need help on what to upgrade, consider these tips!
Carefully Balance Function And Aesthetics
With all rooms, it is highly useful to balance their function and aesthetics. This is especially the case for your living room – it needs to serve a practical purpose. For example, it should provide you with somewhere to relax and entertain yourself, but it also needs to be a beautiful room. You’ll naturally gravitate towards rooms you find beautiful. So, be sure to balance function and aesthetics with your living room design. Whenever you do add anything ultra-stylish to your living room, such as an elaborate sofa, just make sure that it is still useable. If you add something that is only stylish and doesn’t really serve a purpose, you will be reducing the overall livability of the living room.
Be Mindful of Lighting
It is really important to consider lighting as well. Lighting is an element of design that could make or break the room. Ideally, you want to let as much natural light in as possible to help make the room feel spacious and bright. Simply place mirrors on the walls opposite windows. As the light shines into the mirrors, it will be reflected around the room. It’s also a good idea to stick to pale shades of color on the wall. Darker shades can absorb the light while the lighter shades will help to reflect it just like the mirrors. Don’t worry if you still can’t seem to get enough natural light into your room – you might just need to add a few strategically placed lamps like these from goodnight lamps.
Go For Lightweight Furniture
If your living room is on the small side, you should always choose lightweight furniture. Heavier furniture can appear very heavy on the eyes, and the weight can make the room feel a lot more cramped than what it actually is. As ever, pale colors are always best. Ideally, you want lightweight furniture that isn’t too bulky or cumbersome.
Hopefully, all of these tips can help you create a living room that you will actually want to live in! Do you have any more useful ideas and tips? If so, let me know in the comments section.
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Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.