The living room in your home is undoubtedly one of the rooms that sees the most traffic and gets the most use. It is where you and your family spend time together, where you host guests for get-togethers, and where you unwind after a long day. With so much hustle and bustle going on, it doesn’t take much for your living room to start to feel a bit tired.
Even though you put in your best efforts to keep the space clean and tidy, you might feel as though it is time to freshen things up a bit. While you might not have the time, energy, or resources for a major remodel and a complete overhaul, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give your living room some new life.
Freshening up your living room doesn’t have to be a complex or expensive process. In fact, there are a number of simple changes that you can make to the space that will end up having a big impact on both its feel and functionality. In the end, you can wind up with a fresher, more enjoyable space to relax in without having to go through the trouble or cost of a big renovation.
If you are hoping to freshen up your living room this year, here are four simple changes that you might consider making.
1. Rethink Your Seating
One of the most important features of any living room is the seating options that are available. While most living rooms feature a sofa of some sort and one or two other separate seats, the specifics of the seating in your living room are most likely dictated by the amount of space that you have as well as the layout of the room in general. Therefore, if your living room is in need of freshening up, one of the first places that you should look to update things is the seating. You might find that rearranging your current seating can allow for more functional space or a cozier layout. On the other hand, the sofa and chairs that you have at the moment might be a bit worse for the wear. Nothing can freshen up a living room quite like a new sofa.
You might even be able to provide yourself with more comfortable seating than you had thought possible by opting for a different type of sofa. By opting for the best sectional sofa in your price range, you can end up with an entirely new look that is far more suited to your current need.
2. Get Creative with Storage
Since the living room is one of the rooms in your home that is not only used by everyone in the house but used on a frequent basis, it can end up becoming cluttered over time. You will undoubtedly have your fair share of family photos and books about the place, but there are likely more items that have accumulated over time. This can make your living room seem overcrowded and untidy.
In order to freshen up the space, consider getting creative with your storage options. If you have the space, you might be able to add in a new piece of furniture that is primarily for storage purposes. If not, you can consider swapping out your coffee table or ottoman for pieces that pull double duty as extra storage.
Another great option is to make use of the wall space that you have by installing some new shelves. If your space in that regard is limited, you can go for some minimalist floating shelves to get the extra storage you need without crowding up your walls. However, if you want to completely eradicate the clutter, see if anything can come out of the living room and find a new home in another room. Or better yet, see if there is anything you don’t need anymore and donate, sell, or recycle them instead to free up space. It can make a world of difference.
Freshening up your living room can be as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint to your walls. A change in this regard can create a completely new feel to the space without hardly any effort and for an affordable cost. You will be surprised at how fresh the space will feel once all of those marks and scratches on the wall have been covered up with new paint.
Even if you aren’t too keen on changing up the color of your walls, you still have a few options that you can consider. You can apply a fresh coat of paint in the color that you already have in order to instantly brighten up the place and make it feel like new again. Another option is to paint the trim in a new color to add a different dimension to the design of your living room.
4. Get a New Rug
The flooring of your living room is a major design focal point. Making changes to the flooring of the space can instantly freshen things up. That being said, new carpet or hardwood can be expensive and the sort of project that takes a bit more time than you might want to spend. Instead of going all out and installing new flooring, why not consider getting a new rug?
The right rug can help break up your living room in a more appealing way. It can also add an entirely new look to the space instantly. Everything from the size and placement of the rug you choose to its color and texture can help you to achieve a very specific type of look. It will also make the space feel more comfortable and inviting when all is said and done.
Writer Bio: Lucy Parks
There’s not much Lucy doesn’t know about her two passions: fashion & interior design! Having worked in the fashion industry for six years, she has a keen eye for all things on-trend, with a focus on new developments in both the interior design world and on the world’s catwalks.