If you spend a lot of time in your living room, it’s easy to let its style get dragged down. When you look at a room as purely functional, you may forget about its design. Here are a few easy ways to amp up the creativity of your favorite room.
1. Balance Out a Bold Color
If you want to add a big splash of color to your living room but you don’t want to overwhelm the space, balance it out with neutrals. For example, if you paint one or more living room walls red, tame it a bit with white furnishings, like a white fireplace and coffee table.
2. Open Up the Space
If your living room is feeling cramped, you can open up the space without getting rid of necessary furniture. First, make sure that windows are unobstructed – you may even want to remove blinds and curtains from floor-to-ceiling windows. Second, swap out your bulky chairs for see-through lucite seating. Also look for open-weave furnishings, which will still be functional without weighing the space down.
3. Monochromatic Color Schemes Don’t Have to Be Boring
If you love the stark, clean look of all-white, you can kick it up a notch by introducing different textures instead of pops of color. Consider adding a thick, crocheted throw blanket to the back of the couch, shop for a sofa in an interesting texture, and put a nubby rug on the floor. Mixing textures will add depth to a uniformed look.
4. Create a Sleek Game Room
Even if you often host game nights or play board games with your kids in your living room, you don’t have to let your living room look shabby. Search for a large, square coffee table with a high edge. It’ll look great all the time and keep board games and drinks from being pushed over the edge.
5. Add Extra Seating
If you have a big family or like having groups of friends over at once, consider adding a second couch. Since it can be tricky to find the room for a whole new couch, consider placing your two couches back-to-back. This is aesthetically interesting and creates extra seating without requiring a whole new wall for your second couch.
6. Create an Office Area
If you have a small home but you need office space, designate a corner of your living room for an office setup. Look for an antique desk that will add to the ambiance. Instead of using an unsightly roller chair, use a regular living room chair. When you’re not working at your desk, the chair can face the rest of the room and add to the decor.