The living room furniture is still in pretty good condition. But the color scheme that seemed so soothing at the time, now strikes you as bland and uninspiring. Not to mention toys strewn everywhere and the general clutter left behind by a busy family. Here are some suggestions to help you fall in love with your living room again.
Find a Place for Everything
Decluttering is an import step to falling in back in love with your living room. Remove items that don’t belong. Recycle magazines, newspapers, etc. Open cabinet doors and drawers and look inside; weed out anything that’s no longer useful. If there’s still a copy of Goodnight Moon in the bookshelves from when your youngest was three, now’s the time to give it back.
Get rid of things like ornaments and candle holders you no longer like or enjoy, and replace them with a few choice items that you do like.
Take stock of any storage furniture that is already in the living room. Put baskets on a bookcase shelf for convenient storage. Add decorative wall cubes to display mementos. Does the coffee table have an open shelf that’s just holding dust? Use it to store current reading material or a container for the remotes.
Rearrange the Furniture
Sometimes simply rearranging the furniture can improve the atmosphere of the room. When walking around, does it seem more like an obstacle course than a living room? That’s probably a sign that the room’s flow can be improved. If you stumble over an ottoman when trying to reach the sofa or a cabinet door bangs against the sofa every time you open it, move the “offending piece” of furniture somewhere else.
Replacing specific furniture pieces or moving them to another room or selling them, especially if they were hand-me-downs to begin with, can make you feel happier about the space.It will also give you more room for the pieces you do love.
Sectional Instead of Sofa
If your living room is small, swapping a sofa for a sectional might not seem like a good idea. But a sectional redefines the space, creating an instant conversation area – an important aspect of helping you fall in love with your living room again. It will automatically increase a room’s seating capacity.
Throw it on the Floor
A new area rug magically refreshes a room. When the living room is part of an open area apartment or house, area rugs in complementary colors will help differentiate the living areas from the other rooms. Even if there’s carpet on the floor already, consider putting an area rug on top of it – it will warm up the living room with added texture.
If the room becomes uninviting once evening sets in, rethink the lighting in the room. If you can’t really see the print when reading in your favorite armchair, add a table lamp with a distinctive base.
Accent pillows visually brighten up a living room, while adding an element of comfort. On a sofa, sectional, armchair or loveseat, they can camouflage the fact that the upholstery is a little worn.
No matter how long the pictures, prints and photographs have hung on the walls, artwork should inspire you in some way whenever you glance at it. If the framed prints in sepia of the Eiffel Tower have lost their charm, replace them with pictures that are meaningful to you.