The living room serves as the center of your home—the place where family, friends, and guests can all feel at home. It’s where you unwind after a long day away at work, and where your worries melt away into the soothing comfort of your couch. Of the many rooms in your home, your living room should be the most aesthetically appealing and inviting.
Let’s face it; an outdated or poorly decorated living room can leave you feeling creatively stifled, stuck in the past, or just downright uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are several ways you can upgrade your living room to a space that looks as homey as it feels, all without breaking the bank. Whether it’s upgrading your furniture or dressing your tabletops with lively potted plants, we’re here to walk you through the many small changes you can make to enhance the feng shui of your living room instantly.
The lighting of a room accomplishes one of two things: it will either draw people in or repel them. The odds are pretty likely that you want your entertainment space to be bright and charming, and the easiest way to accomplish that inviting vibe is by perfecting the lighting.
When lighting your living room, make sure you provide enough light so people can see, but not so much that it feels too fluorescent or alarming. Ceiling lighting is a great way to disperse light evenly, but if you’re unable to install ceiling lighting, strategically placed table lamps and free-standing lamps will do the job. We recommend opting for lightbulbs or lampshades with a yellow tint as research has found that humans find warm yellow lighting to be the most relaxing.
Focus On Comfortability
Outside of the bedroom, comfortability reigns supreme in the living room. As a place to sit back and relax, it pays to invest in your living room’s comfort levels. This means you shouldn’t hesitate to splurge on your living room seating. Ultimately, you want to be able to kick back, and chill—a stiff, too hot, or too cold sofa won’t be able to deliver on that desire.
Your first concern when choosing your seating is understanding how many people you plan to accommodate. L-shaped sectional sofas are family staples, but if you live alone or with a significant other, a more compact sofa and recliner combo may be a more reasonable option. From loveseats to sofa beds, there are many comfy furniture options available to you, and it’s a mere matter of picking one that separates you from the coziest living room on the block.
No living room is complete without a centerpiece coffee table. They’re the perfect surface for movie night snacks, wine glasses, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. They’re also a great place to display your favorite books, candles, and framed photos.
The more unique your coffee table, the better. Though rectangular coffee tables are typically the most popular option, you can get experimental with a round or funky hexagonal table that catches the eye and adds a splash of dimension to space. Ultimately, your coffee table should be an elegant combination of fashion and function. Whether you opt for a beautiful piece of hooker furniture or an unconventional velvet number, be sure your piece matches the working aesthetic of your living room.
Refresh Your Accents
Pulling your living room together is a simple matter of rehashing and refreshing your accents and decor accessories. You can do this by experimenting with the following elements:
- Utilizing Your Bookshelves – Bookshelves are great for storage and decoration. The extra vertical space is great for putting your favorite books on display as well as any cherished trinkets, pieces of artwork, or indoor plants.
- Adding Greenery – Placing plants throughout your living room is a creative way to infuse the space with color and life. Not only do plants add an element of the natural world into your home, but they can also remove toxins from the air and reduce stress levels.
No need to outfit your home with tough-to-care-for plants—check out these stunning low-maintenance plants:
- Aloe Vera
- Chinese Evergreen
- Pothos Ivy
- Rubber Tree
- Devil’s Ivy
- Umbrella Tree
- Hanging Up Art – What better way to express yourself than with art that moves you? Whether it’s vintage photography, avant-garde fixtures, or handmade pieces made created by your adorable nephew, hanging up art on the walls is a great way to add interest to your living room.
With these four ideas, upgrading your living room is made simple and affordable. Which will you try first? Let us know in the comments below.