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With open-plan living at the height of popularity, the living room – along with the kitchen and dining space – can often become the focal point of the home. Changing just a few small aspects of this space can help breathe new life into a home.
We have listed seven simple ways to makeover your living room easily:
Lighting has the ability to make a HUGE impact on your interior design. It can set the mood, make a space appear larger or smaller and it has an enormous effect on your colour scheme. For this reason alone, updating your fixtures should be priority number one! Whether you are simply swapping out bulbs for LED energy-saving alternatives, adding a floor lamp to a dark corner or trading in lampshades, take the time to give a little love to the often-neglected lighting.
If your living room structure is spot-on, there are still a few things you can do to instantly update the look.
Reupholster an armchair – if your armchair is still in good nick, reupholstering it is an easy and relatively cheap way to makeover your living room. If you don’t have an armchair, check out a few flea markets – as long as the chair’s structure is good, there is no need to worry about worn or ratty upholstery. Choose a new, bold print to stand out and make it a feature of your home!
Rearrange a bookshelf – baskets and containers are the easiest way to hide clutter but keep items in an accessible space. Try clearing your bookshelf of junk, and keep just a few key items and some books on display!
Reorganise the furniture – already love everything in your home but are still looking for an update? Rearrange the furniture! Sometimes simply moving one item to another location can make all the difference.
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Including greenery in your home instantly creates an atmosphere bursting with health and well-being. Plants make a boring corner look instantly chic, and small succulents can be used as coffee table or side table décor. Just be sure to choose plants which will thrive indoors!
Check out our favourite indoor plants here: INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME (THAT YOU WILL NOT IMMEDIANTLY KILL)
Like to stay in touch with the current trends? Ensure your larger pieces of furniture like couches and TV cabinets are neutral colours that will go with anything, and instead purchase new cushions, throws, candles and other knick-knacks to achieve the ‘on-trend’ look without a costly financial commitment.
DIY is a unique way to create something nobody else may have. It is your chance to let your true style shine through. Check out Pinterest or other blogs for some amazing inspiration, and get creating!
Have you ever had to makeover your living room? Let us know your tips in the comments!
It is a space for people to relax and enjoy, entertain guests or spend time together as a family. Check out some of our favourite interiors for some living room inspiration!
THE BEACH LOOK: For a coastal feel, try light, bright colours like white, grey and teal. Finish it off with a beautiful rug and you will have the perfect space to sit and enjoy the views!
THE DARING STYLE: Be daring and stand out from the crowd with a bold colour like this yellow. Next to the dark blue of the couch, yellow really pops and creates a fun living space. Be careful not to go overboard though, it can become overbearing if not handled correctly.
MORE ON COLOUR: CHOOSING COLOURS FOR YOUR HOME
A CLASSY TOUCH: For elegant appeal, try pastel colours on a neutral background. The chandelier and curtains add a touch of class, as does the abundance of cushions on the couches.
BEAUTIFULLY CONTEMPORARY: This living room offers modern appeal. The careful white borders of the photos, window and skirting all stand out against the feature wall, creating clean, neat lines. The lowset couch and matching cushions finish off the look.
THE UNDECIDED: A completely neutral pallet works well for the undecided. The white couch is a stunning addition that helps brighten the room, and the coffee table complements the kitchen island bench, tying the whole area together.
THE WILD APPEAL: Go bold with a distinctive pattern that continues through the living room. The lamp shade, cushions and light shade are enough to give this living room a great feel, without the pattern becoming overpowering.
It is the place where you can entertain your guests. The place where you go to relax. The place where a family can spend time with one another, or enjoy a TV show or movie.
Our list of living room must-haves can help you create the perfect space for your family. Add your own touches to create a true sanctuary that reflects your personality!
Adding a touch of green to your home is one of the most important living room must-haves. Plants look clean and crisp, and most importantly add ‘life’ to your room. Most plants will suit any décor or style, just be wary to choose one that can thrive in an indoor environment.
A comfy rug
A soft, luxurious rug that feels good underfoot can add an instant warmth and comfort to your living room. If you have floorboards, it can soften the look and make your space appear less harsh. When it comes to choosing a colour, keep in mind the amount of traffic you expect it to handle.
Plenty of lighting
Many people do not appreciate the difference a well-lit room can make. Try adding some floor lamps, or invest in some side-tables and have lights next to your lounge suite. Growing in popularity are exposed bulbs, which can also provide more light for your room.
Something personal is another very important item for our living room must-haves. To make it feel homely and welcoming, you will need something uniquely you. Family photos are a great example, or even a piece of homemade art. Gather a bunch of your little knickknacks and put them on display all together – the possibilities are endless!
Plenty of storage
Do you have a lot of DVDs? How about consoles for your TV? Make sure you choose a piece of furniture that can hide away some of the mess, to keep your living room looking clean and neat.
A coffee table
Although a relatively minor piece, a coffee table can bring your entire room together. Its central location to the couches makes it a focal point, and it can be used for extra storage when chosen wisely.
Window coverings can help make your living room feel complete. With a wide range of choices, you can almost instantly change the entire look and feel of your room, with just a few curtains, shutters or blinds.
Comfy pillows and a throw
Nothing says comfort like a beautiful throw and big, plump cushions. Your family and guests will thank you for the cosy and luxurious space you have created for them, with just a couple of pillows and a blanket.
Furniture placement can be as important to interior design as the colour scheme and accessories you choose.
Arranging your furniture correctly can be the difference between having a cramped and unhappy space to an open and flowing room. Help your home reach its full potential by following these guidelines to proper furniture placement. (more…)
Plates, cutlery and glass tumblers are all essential. You should invest in at least one decent frying pan or a pot that will get you through some basic meals. Stock up on food staples like salt and pepper, tomato sauce, pasta, coffee and tea, and don’t forget dishwashing liquid and a drying rack for your dishes. In terms of big appliances and furniture, first and foremost purchase a fridge, table and chairs.
WHAT CAN WAIT: As much as we love them, a dishwasher is not essential when the budget is tight.
ON THE CUSP: A microwave can be a great shortcut if you are still moving in and budgeting hard. But while it may make cooking easier, is it a luxury?
Purchase the best bed you can afford. Comfort is more important to your health than you may know. If you need space for your clothes, bedside tables look good and can be useful, however…
WHAT CAN WAIT: …if you have a decent wardrobe, bedside tables and dressers can wait!
Don’t forget to bring toilet cleaner, a toilet brush and toilet paper to your new home. You are going to need towels, and one item that is often overlooked, a bathmat. Ensure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste!
WHAT CAN WAIT: Most bathroom items are essential, however you can hold off on any decorative features you may be considering.
Whichever way you do your laundry, within your home or out, you are going to need laundry detergent, some form of clothes line and a hamper for your dirty clothes.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Dryers are expensive to run, so consider getting your old clothes horse out to use inside during the colder months.
ON THE CUSP: A washing machine is the one of the only appliances that can be outsourced until your budget allows for a purchase. How easily you can transport your clothes and accessibility to a laundromat will of course come into play, but, ultimately, do you really need one right now?
We always recommend buying a quality and durable couch.
WHAT CAN WAIT: Coffee tables and table accents are not a priority here.
ON THE CUSP: Up for fierce debate is the necessity of a TV. Some would argue yes, some would argue no, we leave this up to you.
Finally you should always have a good stock of cleaning products, including:
What do you think are the necessities in a new home? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.
Flooring helps build the overall feel of the area. Quality flooring looks nicer, is more durable, lasts longer and will help increase the value of your home. Floorboards are a timeless piece that work well with most colour schemes.
Save on your area rugs. Rugs warm up an otherwise stark room and add some much needed colour. However, it also spends its entire life being trodden on and suffering from spilt food or drink. Saving on your rug means when the time comes to replace it, it’s not such a loss. You also have the opportunity to purchase a new rug in interesting colours or textures.
It is widely agreed you should never skimp on your living room couches. A great couch is not only more attractive, but it is also more comfortable and durable, and should last you many years. Buy the best couch that you can afford.
Spend some money on your curtains. They will look better, last longer, and with proper block-out qualities can help reduce your heating and cooling bills.
Splurge on your coffee table if you plan it to be a feature piece. There are some stunning designs that can really lift the mood of a room and look amazing, however…
…you can save on coffee tables too! Inexpensive tables can still look fantastic and their functionality remains the same. Flea market tables only need a coat of paint for an instant update, and with the modern industrial trend on the rise, it is easier than ever to find something wonderful for your home. Table accents, paintings and clocks can all be picked up at a lower cost too.
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