As the summer months move along and the longing for cinnamon and fall leaves increases, you may be considering a facelift to your living room, something a little more comfortable. Committing your time and money to a complete remodel may not be in the cards this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with your current design. If you’re not quite ready for a full blown remodel, but want to update your living area, there are many things that you can do that will go a long way in creating a new feel. Get creative. It’s the little things that will liven up your living room.
This is your chance to add some color. Tired of the white or cream walls, try a few of the bold 2015 trends. Olives and oranges are coming back. These colors will look great with your Mad Men inspired chaise lounge. These two shades can be warm, organic and provide a neutral base for almost any other color you pair with them. The best part about paint is that it isn’t permanent; you literally have a blank canvas with each wall.
How is your living room arranged? Now mix it up. Begin by choosing your layout. If your room permits, adjust your couch and chairs and move them away from the wall. Have them face each other to increase face-to-face interaction between you, your family and your friends. While you’re at it, consider a new area rug. Your furniture and its arrangement will determine the size of the area rug you will need. Just make sure that the rug will fit under the front legs of your furniture so that it stays put.
Now that you’ve painted and arranged your furniture, add a few creative pieces to your room. Old trunks are great for coffee tables. Wooden crates that are built and pieced together create a stylish dual purpose table top. Utilize Pinterest. Spend some time on the site, gather ideas, set realistic goals and go for it. Create talking pieces that your friends can’t get enough of.
Another easy-fix that will satisfy your need for change is to replace the light fixtures. If you have a new color on the walls or new furniture, make sure your lamps and other light fixtures fit your motif. Brushed stainless steel looks great with pastels and polished brass is sure to shine with your olive wall. If you’re working with electrical however, don’t forget to turn off the circuit breaker or consider calling a professional.
Until you’re ready to make the leap and take out an interior wall to create that open space you’ve always wanted, these simple tips will help freshen up your space quickly and easily. Whether you add a new rug or new lights, enjoy the process, be patient and love your new living room.
This post was written by Jennifer Blunt