How to Take Your Living Room Décor to the Next Level
Living room, lounge, sitting room, den – whatever you call it, this is often your favorite room in the house, the place where you can relax and spend quality time with your family and friends. Such an important room needs to look its best, so you can really enjoy the time you spend there. Keep reading for some tips on how to elevate the décor of your living room!
Choose Your Furniture with Care
The first thing you want to make sure you have in your living room is comfortable furniture to sit on. A couch is a given, and the most comfortable and versatile kind is probably a sectional couch, which includes a chaise longue—just think of all the lounging you will do! Another great way to make your living room cozy and relaxing is to put in some arm chairs recliners—many models even feature an adjustable backrest so you can change positions according to what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Complete the set with a matching footstool and you’ll be all set for maximum relaxation.
When you are choosing your living room furniture, it’s tempting to always go for the softest, squishiest option possible—after all, that’s the kind of furniture that makes us feel most comfortable and relaxed. If you suffer from back pain or postural problems, however, consider buying at least one piece of furniture with a firmer surface to encourage you to sit properly and not slouch.
Make Sure You Have Enough Surface Space
When planning your living room décor, you might be tempted to cram in as much seating as you can. It’s a good idea, however, to leave enough space for at least one coffee table in house, preferably two, so you always have somewhere to put down your coffee, book, videogame controller, and so on. There’s nothing more annoying, when you’re lounging on your couch, than having to get up just to take a sip of your drink—and you definitely don’t want to put your coffee cup on the floor and risk spilling it!
These days, many armchairs and couches come with integrated trays, so that could be something to keep in mind if you want to maximize the space you have in your living room.
Install Versatile Lighting
If your living room gets plenty of sunlight during the day, you might be able to get away with only having low artificial lighting for the evenings, as being in dimmer lighting at night improves your mood and sleep. If your living room suffers from a lack of natural light, however, for example, because it’s north-facing, consider installing dimmable lights or having a bright ceiling lamp to turn on in the daytime and dimmer floor or table lamps for evening use.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use Decorations
Furniture and lighting are necessary elements of your living room décor, but it’s often artwork, sculptures, and plants that make a room really come to life and give it a unique identity. These tips for how to decorate a mantelpiece will also work for windowsills and walls. Just make sure the room remains easy enough to clean, or your hard work will be undone by piles of dust!