There is nothing more tedious than an outdated living room. You could have spent years living in the same place and only ever redecorated the lounge space once, and there will be a moment at some point that will make you get up and feel motivated to make a change once again. When you put together a living room, you have to remember that this is going to be the room you relax in during the long evenings and your time off work – so you want it to look comfortable, cozy and spotless, if you can!
There are a lot of things that spring to mind when you consider what a living room should look like, from the contemporary sofas and the fuzzy rug, to the low coffee table and the end tables with the pretty lamps. A living room always has a focal point, such as a television, but you don’t have to be mainstream if you don’t want to be. There are plenty of ideas that will help you to switch up your living room and give it the makeover you always imagined you could have, and here are a few of them!
1.Give up the couch. No, really. Sofas are great, but if it’s just you living there, you’re literally buying a couch for other people. The sofa is one essential to most living rooms, but just because you don’t have a sofa space doesn’t mean that you can’t give it up this time. Why not get a couple of huge cuddle chairs instead? You can still have a sofa, and if you can’t give it up choose a different style this time!
2. Goodbye, coffee table. In a small living room, a coffee table is not really a necessity when you have end tables. Removing the coffee table can open the room up and give you far more space, and if all it’s doing is acting as a magazine holder, you really have to assess whether you need one at all. Coffee tables are a nice centerpiece, though, so if you can’t let yours go, why not relocate it to another room until you need it for guests.
3. Avoid the arena. Look at your current setup: are your seats facing the TV? Well, this arena style of seating is great for watching movies, but not so great for conversation! Why not try rearranging your room and have all the seating facing each other instead? It’s something that looks great, it’s communal and it’s the best thing ever for good conversation. Avoiding arena seating encourages you all to talk better.
4. Bring on the chaise. A daybed may not be something you considered when you moved in, but that large window of yours needs the right seating to help you to break up the room. You can have a daybed for guests that looks beautiful in the home and gives you somewhere to sit when you’re reading!
5. Let go of the TV. Does your living room really need a television? If you spend more time with it off than on, then it may be time to consider letting it go for another room of the house.