The living room is usually one of the most frequently used rooms in the house. It is where you sit down to relax at the end of a long day, where you watch TV and chill out, and where you entertain guests after dinner. If you want to make your living room more comfortable and appealing, follow these easy tips and techniques.
Strip the Old Wallpaper
If you havenot decorated your living room in a while, you might have old wallpaper peeling off the walls, making the room look dated and scruffy. If so, it is time to update it.
Start by removing your wallpaper. The easiest way to do it is to use a heat gun to melt the paste—check out what is available at hotairtools.com. Melt the paste, then simply peel and tear away the wallpaper.
Once it is gone, give the room a fresh coat of paint in a light, neutral color.If you want, you could put new wallpaper up on one wall to give the room an accent wall or a little more personality. These days you can buy ‘peel and stick’ wallpaper – if you weren’t sure about committing to wallpaper again.
Getting rid of any old wallpaper can make a room feel completely new.
Reupholster the Couch
Buying a new couch can be expensive, and if it is comfortable and cozy enough, you probably will not want to, either. Instead, why not replace the upholstery? It is a much cheaper option than replacing the furniture outright, and it reduces unnecessary waste.
You can do this yourself if you are good with a sewing machine, or pay to have it done by a professional service. Either way, your couch will look brand new at a fraction of the cost.
Add Lamps and Candles
Harsh overhead lighting can be intrusive, and it doesnot make for a relaxing place to chill out at the end of a long day. Buy floor lamps and table lamps to turn on in the evenings, and dot candles around the room.
Lower levels of lighting will give your room way more ambience, and scented candles give gentle light as well as a gorgeous aroma to the room, helping you relax and wind down.
Invest in Cushions and Throws
Everybody wants to feel comfortable in their living room, so it is a good idea to add cushions, throw pillows, and soft blankets to the seating area.
As well as making the room cozier, it is a great way to add a pop of color if you have chosen a neutral color palette elsewhere in the room.
A few good color combinations are:
- White and teal
- Charcoal gray and mustard yellow
- Black, white, and copper
- Any pastel color with indigo or dark blue
Use Wall Art
Adding beautiful wall art to a room is another way to give it a new style and decorate it with class. Cheap prints can be made to look more expensive by adding frames. Look in thrift stores or online to see what people are selling.
Mirrors can also be used as wall art, and they are also an easy way to make a room look bigger.
Whatever your style, updating the living room will make the focal point of your home feel more comfortable and inviting, meaning you can relax after a long day.