The living room is a pretty special place in every home. It’s a place to chill and relax, and a place where the entire family gathers to spend time together. For that reason, it’s important that your living room style reflects your personality and taste. If you don’t even know where to begin, take a look at our easy and effective tips to decorate your living room.
These days, we are going green in all aspects of life, and interior design is no exception. It’s all about reducing your carbon footprint, while also appreciating your surroundings and what they have to offer. Natural materials available locally are usually cheaper and better for your health too. Look into stone, reclaimed wood, bricks, tiles and even concrete (if you are into a modern design). Local artisans can be a great source of rugs, throws, and other woven goods.
Plenty of people are embracing retro design for their homes. Vintage style has a wonderful, cozy vibe. It can also be very budget-friendly. Be open to buying at flea markets and repurposing your own old pieces. Oftentimes we already have wonderful pieces available that just need a fresh coat of paint and a bit of DIY know-how. The result could be a charming, eclectic look that costs next to nothing.
Make it comfy
When decorating your living room, comfort should be your primary concern. After all, the purpose of the room is rest, relaxation and entertainment. If you enjoy having friends over, make sure you have enough seats. Striking a balance between style and comfort can be tricky, so think about your needs and preferences before you start investing.
Set a solid foundation
Before you start decorating, make sure the foundation is sound. By that, we mean inspecting the space. Is it warm and dry? Is the heating system adequate? Is it mildew-free? Solve any pest problem before you begin – pests like bugs or mice are easiest to deal with while there’s no furniture yet. Investing in new doors and windows can ultimately save you money through your heating bills. For example, sliding doors can serve as sound insulation while also looking great.
Spice it up with accessories
In general, the majority of your stylistic choices should provide a good neutral basis. This basis is then enhanced to its full potential using accessories. Don’t go overboard with accents. A few carefully selected objects will lend the room your own personal touch and give it a specific charm without overwhelming it. You can use these details to add a pop of color, an interesting pattern, a local flavor, or the vibe of faraway travels.
Bring nature inside
In the past couple of years, people have been striving to connect with nature more. Some are lucky enough to have an amazing view of the beach or forest. The rest of us have to make do with houseplants. Depending on the amount of space you have, you could have only a few, or a veritable indoor garden. If you haven’t been blessed with a green thumb, don’t worry. There are plenty of house plants that are easy to care for. Apart from looking pretty and bringing the atmosphere of the outdoors inside, houseplants are also an excellent natural way to purify the air in your living room and give it a much welcome oxygen boost.
Don’t be afraid to play with styles. Feel free to invent your own perfect blend. The only thing that matters is that you enjoy spending time in your new living room.