A living room should be a wonderfully relaxing part of your house. However, you might not find time spent there particularly soothing if electrical items like the TV, music system, and remotes are laid about in a haphazard fashion, while books and magazines are scattered around similarly untidily. Fortunately, making your living room look nicer and, as a result, more conducive to stress relief does not have to be an arduous task. Here are 5 straightforward steps to take.
Find storage spaces for clutter
Ideal Home advises using a painted cupboard for concealing your TV and remote controls when neither are needed. This can suitably quieten the space for when you would like to just settle down to read the newspaper or that new novel. Meanwhile, Blu-ray discs can be kept in a wooden chest, and books and periodicals can be organised on a bookcase. Make sure that the cupboard, chest, and bookcase look good and do not visually clash with the rest of the room.
Paint the room
With your living room now looking more de-cluttered, you are better positioned to paint that room without bits of paint getting on your treasured items. Most designers, implies Forbes, would commend you for applying a fresh lick of paint. Those designers, the site says, deem this technique “an easy and relatively affordable way to dramatically change up a space”. If you’re indecisive about what paint to go for, you could try layering various shades of a neutral colour.
Have a lantern roof installed
Once you have completed painting, it would be a shame if your hard work could not be readily appreciated – by either yourself or other people – due to poor lighting. No, you don’t necessarily need to spend money on extra light bulbs, power to which would even further run into your bank balance. Instead, you could have Bifold Shop install, for this room, what is known as a lantern roof. With this, you could turn more of the ceiling into glass and so invite a greater degree of natural light.
Cleverly put down some rugs
It’s amazing how useful and versatile rugs can be. They come in many different designs and can be easily placed and removed as necessary. Let’s assume that your flooring looked too dark or overly light. Replacing the flooring itself could require dauntingly high expenditure. However, you could at least somewhat rectify the problematic hue by partly covering it with either a light or dark rug. In short, the right rug can provide a yin to the flooring’s yang.
Add a multipurpose coffee table
A coffee table is great for anchoring the living room without requiring nearly as much commitment as, for example, a new sofa. Something quirky-looking – even if it doesn’t match any other item in the room – would be nice, but also consider practical concerns. You could select a coffee table which includes a shelf or – better still – drawers. Either would provide additional space in which to put items that could otherwise clutter the room.
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