Do you like your living room? If the answer is no, don’t worry – you’re not the only one. Many people find it difficult to design a living room that is both beautiful and comfortable, and, as a result, they end up choosing between the two. But you shouldn’t just settle for solutions that don’t bring you any joy! Giving your living room a complete makeover can help you change the atmosphere of the entire home – not to mention the positive effect it can have on your mood.
But, of course, it’s easier said than done. After all, when we hear the term “complete makeover” we automatically think about how expensive and time-consuming renovations are. Luckily, you can achieve great results even with a few simple steps such as:
- changing the layout of your furniture,
- choosing new furniture upholstery,
- decluttering your living room,
- adding new decorations.
But at the same time, it’s important to remember that while you can decorate your living room however you like, there are a few standard items that should definitely find themselves in your interior design project. What are they?
1. Comfortable sofa
If there’s one thing that is absolutely essential in every single living room, it’s a sofa. But it’s not just about getting any sofa or a couch you find while shopping for furniture. There’s a number of factors to consider in order to choose one that will be perfect for your project – it has to be comfortable, well-made, affordable, durable, beautiful, and, finally, it has to be in the right size.
The size of your new sofa should be chosen with two things in mind: the amount of available space and the number of seats you want. And remember that a black corner sofa will create a completely different effect than a colourful two-seater sofa, so make your choice carefully!
2. Pillows, Curtains and Rugs
It may not be one item, but it’s a category of decorative elements that offer you a chance to give your living room a completely new look. Unfortunately, textiles and fabrics are often ignored and added almost at random as a final touch. But in reality, they can play an incredibly important role while being decorative and practical at the same time. Let’s take curtains as an example here, beautiful floor-to-ceiling curtains are very decorative, they can visually enlarge your living room by making the ceiling appear to be higher than it actually is, and they ensure your privacy.
Patterned rugs add texture to your living room and make the space so much warmer and cozier. Plenty of modern homes have walls painted in either white or neutral colors. Using rugs and other fabrics is a great way to add a splash of color without making a permanent commitment. And the best thing about using fabrics to decorate is how easy it is to redecorate such a room – you don’t need to paint the walls or buy new furniture, all you need to do is choose a different colour or pattern of fabrics to change its appearance. Think also about themes– even if not all the fabrics match exactly, they can come together if they match in theme and create the perfect mood for your new living room. For example, you could focus your efforts on collecting all florals, geometric patterns, or coastal home decor.
3. Good Lighting
Lighting has the potential to completely transform any room – and it’s true for both artificial and natural light. But while letting as much sunlight as possible into your home is very important, you cannot forget about adding lamps and other lighting options to your interior design. After all, even during long summer days, your room isn’t well-lit throughout the whole day. And keep in mind that lighting is not just about visibility.
You can use it to give your space more character or even highlight certain decorative elements. That’s why you shouldn’t just focus on main overhead lamps – look for smaller table lamps, wall lighting fixtures, or use LED lights to create your own decorations. Adding more layers to your lighting gives you more control over it and a chance to change the atmosphere of your living room, depending on the situation.
All of the things mentioned above are, of course, just examples – to find the perfect solutions for your home, you need to consider your needs and expectations first. Only then you’ll be able to design the perfect living room that you’ll enjoy for many years to come!