Your living room is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and entertain visitors to your home. It’s one of the leading ‘hubs’ in the home where everyone congregates, and it’s usually the first room visitors see when they come over. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what you want your living room to be – is it where the kids play with their toys? Where the family watches TV? Where you entertain guests?
In my home we only have one open plan living space, so it has to be a bit of everything. This makes it harder to style and suit all needs, but definitely not impossible. Every now and again it’s good to take a look at your living space and evaluate whether you think it’s still fitting the whole family’s needs or if there are any upgrades to be had. I’m going to give you a few ideas of simple ways to upgrade your living room style and switch things up a bit.
1. Rearrange Your Furniture
One of the easiest ways to give your living room a mini makeover is by the simple act of rearranging your furniture. It also won’t cost you a penny as you aren’t buying anything. It’s amazing how moving things around can make a room feel different. Think about the space and how you use it, and how you might free up space for something else. Make use of the natural light in the room as well. You might even decide to get rid of a few things and decide to sell them, so your exercise could even make you a few quid in the process – it’s always good to have a bit of a declutter and make room for something that might suit your needs better.
2. Introduce Glass to Your Living Room
Is your living room furniture mostly comprised of wood and fabric-covered items? If so, it could make sense to add some glass living room furniture. For example, you could buy a chic glass coffee table that looks fantastic and is sturdy enough to sit on! Glass really opens up the room and make small spaces seem bigger, it reflects light and helps keep the room looking bright and airy. Glass is also very practical and easy to clean, although not ideal for younger children. You’ll always want to think of safety first and make sure your space is childproofed if you have children under three.
You might even decide to change your TV cabinet for a glass one to give your living room an ultra-contemporary look.
3. Buy Some Artwork
Are the walls in your living room a little naked and lacklustre? If so, have you ever thought of adorning your walls with some attractive artwork? As you know, art is subjective, but you’ll likely find a few examples that appeal to your tastes. There are many different art styles that might interest you, from abstract to pop art and everything in between! Artwork can really change the feel of a room and make it feel like you’ve redecorated, but without the hassle of actually redecorating.
4. Add Mirrors
Mirrors are both practical and stylish. A large mirror on the wall will make a small space seem much larger, whilst also letting you see your reflection. Mirrors come in a wide variety of sizes and styles with trims that will fit any space these days, so you can use them to add your personal touch to your space as well.
5. Add Some Greenery
Plants make an excellent addition to any living room. You can buy them in various sizes, and they add a splash of colour. Did you know that plants help lower anxiety and increase productivity levels? They also act as natural air purifiers, removing toxins from the air which is pretty neat.
Just make sure that you remember to water your plants regularly. Otherwise, they will end up wilting and dying! You can get plants that don’t require much water, such as cactus plants if you’re the forgetful type. Evaluate which part of the room you’ll be putting your plants in before you go to the garden center. There the staff should be able to help you pick the perfect plants for you, bearing in mind what pets you have (you’ll want non toxic plants), how much light you have and how often you want to water the plant. There are hundreds of indoor plants available so you’re bound to find the perfect one for you.
6. Buy a Rug
Lastly, whether you have carpet or bare floorboards, a rug will make a great addition to any living room. You undoubtedly know that you can buy rugs in different sizes, colours, and with different shapes and patterns if you’d prefer to make it a feature of your floor.