The living room is the heart of the house. It’s the ideal room for relaxation, peace, and tranquillity.
Today’s blog explores how to revamp the living room with five easy ideas, a project great to carry out this season.
This is a good place to start as this can be done in a few different ways. First, establish if you have the correct lighting. Is it bright enough? Does it make the room feel welcoming? Are you satisfied with the mix of floor lights and table lamps?
When it comes to table and task lights, there are three ways you can revamp them. Firstly, changing the shades to reflect dark for winter and light for summer. Or possibly the other way around to project lighter in the darker months. The choice is yours to play around with. The plain shade the light came with may be simplistic and pretty, but a prominent patterned shade may vamp up a space.
To create the mood we want in each of our rooms, it is imperative that we select lighting which helps create that mood, and table lamps are a fabulous conduit through which to do that.
You can also change the lights flex. Nowadays manufacturers are more clued up and the flex is as much a part of the design as the rest of it, however if your lamp was purchased a while ago, chances are they have the older, less appealing white plastic cables. Coloured flex’s can be purchased however you may require help with fittings, which we are more than happy to assist with. If you have lamps with a base made from glass, then a great idea would be getting extra flex and winding it up inside. Lastly, if the base of you lamp is wood, channel your inner artist and try painting them, if they are metal and the wrong colour, spray them!
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The second idea is to simply change your cushions. Of course, this sounds too simple, but trust us- try it! How often do you think about changing your cushions? Chances are it’s been a while since you bought new cushions, if this is the case and you want to keep your existing ones, move them around from room to room or chair to chair and it’s amazing what a difference it makes. Another great trick is if you seem to have a lot of those canvas shopping bags around the home, think about transforming them in to cushion covers. The attractive covers can sit on their own, and the lesser can be placed together. They often have beautiful graphic designs printed on them.
The third idea is to get creative and paint something. It is such a simple trick to change a space and it can be as inexpensive or as lavish as much as you want to spend on the paint. But you don’t have to pain the entire room. It’s not news that feature walls are old news, and it’s wise to go for a look that won’t appear dated later. So why not do something a little different? Try painting only half a wall. This is a nice modern contemporary look- and quite frankly- saves you traipsing up and down a ladder. Or, think completely out of the box and pain the ceiling- it’s the fifth wall after all.
Another way to rapidly renovate is by sorting the floor out. Like you would change the cushions, change the rugs along with the seasonal changes. So, as we enter summer, roll up the cosy darker rugs and lay down lighter, more modern designs.
This rule also applies to carpets. You can replace the old carpet you don’t like with a new one. Or have you decided to update laminate with floorboards? If the floor Is unappealing, no matter how much beautiful expensive furniture you put into the room, how often you paint the walls, the room will never look right.
Set yourself a budget, it can be anything from £100 or 350 or whatever you like, and get some accessories for the room. Think of the interior designing equal to buying a new set of rings, a scarf, or a necklace to brighten up an older outfit. This can be done in two ways; decide on a table, shelf or surface you want to revamp. Write down what you want to get- some candles, a vase, photo frames, and slowly build that up around your budget. We can help with this. It’s also important to introduce pots of plants as plants are always in. Whatever you decide on, it should feel to you like it adds the final wow factor to your living room.