The living room is the centerpiece and resting area of a home, so it is natural to want it to feel like a haven from the stress and bustle of the outside world. But balancing the area to make it comfortable and beautiful can sometimes be tough. Here are seven tips to help you transform your living room into a relaxing, tranquil space for you and your family.
Invite a Vacation into Your Home
Yes, it is possible to make your living area feel like a vacation. You can create a peaceful setting by incorporating seaside elements into your living room decor, such as using soft shades of blue and white paint or hanging seaside inspired prints on the wall. Coastal Living advises home decorators to use ocean colored mosaic glass to frame the fireplace and colorful plants to brighten the room.
Or consider turning your living space into a jungle! Better Home and Gardens extends this idea with a zebra patterned pillow or a tiger print ottoman as the perfect way to complement the overall room.
Create an Optical Illusion
Not every living room is perfect, but luckily decorators can easily address some of their living room’s flaws. If your room is full of sunlight, maximize its potential while fighting against damaging rays by using window treatments from Blinds.com. By incorporating shades into your room, you can easily control natural light while adding style to your space.
If your room looks too cramped, consider creating an open airy feel by choosing lightweight furniture with exposed legs and simple accessories that are in line with the delicate feel of the furnishings. For too-white walls, add color by hanging colorful window treatments.
If you want to refresh the feeling in your room often, decorate in neutral colors. Then, you can easily redecorate even on a budget. A set of new throw pillows or wall hangings is the perfect way to make your room feel new.
Rub Elbows with Your Family
Make your living space feel more at-home by the way you arrange your furniture. Pull furniture away from the walls and arrange it in a cozy discussion area. An area rug can pull furniture together so it doesn’t feel like it is floating in the room.
Use Color to Your Advantage
Use color to your advantage while decorating your living room. Color adds warmth to the space and can make the area feel bigger or smaller. Bright or light colored paint can add light to a dark room while darker colored paint can make a dull room feel mysterious or romantic.
Understand How Different Colors Feel
Many people consider green to be a relaxing color and blue to be a calming color. There is a bit of truth in each of these axioms, though it doesn’t apply to every person or shade. Before spending a lot of money on a color you might not be happy with long term, bring home several samples and test them in your room.
Emphasize the Room’s Natural Features
If you have a fireplace, accentuate it by arranging furniture around it. The same is true of a big window or brick exposed wall. Highlighting the natural features of a room will bring them to the focal point instead of leaving them behind like an afterthought.
The more you experiment with furniture, window treatments, patterns and colors in your living room, the more potential you’ll find in transforming your space for the better.
Horace Black fell in love with the entertainment scene as a journalism student in the Midwest. He covers everything from grand openings to the latest restaurants, and consider Chuck Klosterman a Midwestern saint.