Your living room should be a haven, a place where you can relax and unwind, as well as somewhere you can socialise and enjoy. It is usually the room we spend most of our ‘awake’ time in and as a result we can get bored with it. Perhaps you have decided you want to redecorate your living room, but dread the idea of spending your weekends putting up wallpaper or paying for expensive new flooring. Or, maybe you live in rented accommodation, and you are limited by what you can do to the property. The good news is that there are lots of ways you can update your living room with minimal effort. So, forget hours spent scraping & painting and use these ideas to revamp your living room.
Updating your soft furnishings is one of the quickest and easiest ways to quickly change your living room. Are you tired of your old green sofa? Give it a DIY makeover by reupholstering with vibrant fabric, order a tailor-made slip cover, or give it a new lease on life with throws, blankets and cushions. Or perhaps you are sick of your flooring? Opt for a large area rug to cover horrible carpets.
Everyone has heard of feature walls – but you don;t have to paint or wallpaper to create one. There are easy ways to revamp your living room walls. You could put up a fabric wall hanging, display a large piece of art work or a statement mirror, make a gallery wall with your favourite photos, create a DIY stencil and add a graphic print, or put up shelves to show off your collections.
The way you frame your windows can make a huge difference to the feel of your living room. Windows are an area that tend to be neglected, but there are so many things you can do to update them. Dig out your tools and put up some vertical blinds, add some character with patterned window stickers, or turn your windows into a cosy reading nook with an ottoman and scatter cushions.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the type and colour of bulb either. Harsh white bulbs can be replaced with softer lower powered versions and you can choose bulbs that have more yellow or cream shades. This makes your room feel cosier and warmer. You only need strong white light in lamps you use for reading or working with. The colour is determined by how hot the bulb gets and quality bulbs will list their heat rating. The image below demonstrates how bulb choice can produce very different atmospheres.
Lighting has the ability to change the ambience and mood of any room, meaning picking the right lighting it is vital in your multi-purpose living room. You can quickly update the decor with a statement ceiling light, or switching light shades on wall and floor lamps. For those times you want to relax, you could add fairy lights to a fire-place or photo frames, or install dimmers to change the atmosphere.