Simple and Easy Ways To Update Your Living Room Decor
Some folks might think improving any area of the house, let alone the living room, is a major renovation project that calls for big expenses and time-consuming work. Luckily, as you’ll see from the list of tips below, there are some incredibly simple and easy ways to update your living room décor. Don’t worry—the simplicity of these methods won’t come at the cost of a great atmosphere or appearance.
Consider Your Clutter
It’s very easy to accumulate clutter and become comfortable with it being there. That’s the simultaneously great and annoying thing about clutter—it can blend in easily, but after removing it from a room you can instantly see the difference. Clutter can take many forms depending on a homeowner’s given lifestyle.
With kids and pets in the house, toys can become easily scattered around the place in a messy and inconsistent fashion. Instead of allowing those toys to sit there, swiftly find a place to keep them out of the way for a cleaner-looking area. You could give the toys a designated basket, for example. (Yet, make sure they’re within easy reach so they can be retrieved for play time.)
Clutter can take the form of work-related materials, too. For instance, files and documents piling up on a table or wires becoming unkempt. Taking the time to tidy up these eyesores will make any given room feel more spacious, functional, and comfortable.
Get Creative With Storage
Sure, homeowners could simply put belongings such as video games, toys, DVDs, etc. in a plastic container and slide them into a nearby closest. However, you could instead take this as an opportunity to add a touch of style to the room.
Instead of simply boxing everything up when updating a living room, add some visually interesting storage units. Upgrade the TV stand to a unit that provides ample storage room while also successfully tying it into the room’s décor. Likewise, homeowners can store kids’ toys, blankets, and other suitable materials in some beautiful baskets.
If you have the available space and enough books, setting up an elegant bookshelf is always a nice touch. Whether it’s through a unique texture or a brilliant display of color, your storage areas can make surprisingly stunning additions to your décor.
Warm up the Floors
Tile and hardwood floors can be elegant and stunning. That being said, these materials can also be cold and tough on your feet. To cozy up a living room with such flooring conditions, lay down a nice rug or two.
Not only do nice rugs make the floor more comfortable to walk on, but they also imbue the area with a calming, welcoming atmosphere. As we touched on in the previous point and will touch on again later in this list, prioritizing texture and color in home décor is key.
Seek out an elegant rug that ties the room together, either through echoing a certain design pattern or acting as a striking visual contrast to another piece of décor nearby. Living rooms are primarily meant for relaxing; adding a nice rug to the mix is one of the best ways to capture that feeling.
Make the Paint Pop
Another way to make the living room feel relaxing is with the right color palette. Neutral shades such as beige, brown, grey, and white are always a great choice for painting homes. This is because those colors can give the room a very elegant appearance while simultaneously creating a calm mood.
Other paint colors that can help you achieve that laid back feeling are lighter shades of green or blue. Even with the right color palette in place, if the paint is old and/or fading, it’s a good idea to freshen it up.
If you want, there are obviously brighter colors such as red, orange, and yellow you can paint the walls instead. However, those shades typically have a more stimulating, energizing effect. If you’re trying to create a relaxing atmosphere, your best bet is to try out a cooler or neutral shade instead.
Get Ready To Throw Down
Taking advantage of some quality throws is one of the quickest, simplest ways to improve a living room. “Throws” have that name because you literally throw them over a couch, chair, or bed. However, this type of décor comes in many different styles. For example, you can take advantage of a nice throw blanket.
Similar to the aforementioned rug, finding the right blanket to lay over a couch can help you add a sense of coziness and warmth to the environment. Homeowners can wrap themselves up in these blankets on a cold winter evening.
Even when they’re not using them, homeowners can still use this material for making the area look aesthetically pleasing. Adding some nice texture to a living room can go a long way. Aside from blankets, throws can also be pillows. With throw pillows, you take a pillow insert and place a stylish cover over it. This means that you can update throw pillows whenever you feel the need for a change.
For instance, at One Affirmation, we’re a custom pillow shop that has a library of very unique pillow covers you can swiftly swap out to your heart’s content. If you have a white couch, placing a throw pillow with a black-and-white zebra-stripe design will help both the couch and the pillows stand out in a beautiful way.
However, as the winter season approaches, you might want to swap out that cover with one that mixes white with warmer shades of beige or burgundy. Throw pillows can come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. They can effectively mix with an equally vast variety of interior décor choices.
These simple and easy ways to update your living room décor can be successfully used in tandem or individually—whatever the situation calls for. Although updating an area of the house might sound like a long, stressful project, it doesn’t have to be.
Even small touches to the room such as a fresh coat of paint or a delightfully textured pillow cover can help you make big improvements to any given room. Furthermore, décor such as those pillow covers gives you the opportunity to periodically update the living room (if you’d like.)