5 Ways to Liven Up Your Living Room Design
This is a guest post courtesy of Aaron Bond, the co-owner of AccuServ Heating and Air Conditioning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
When people talk about improving their home, they're usually talking about the bathrooms or the kitchen—maybe the basement, or bedroom. It's not very often that you'll hear people talk excitedly about a big project they have to spruce up their living room. It's weird when you think about it because it's often where you spend most of your time during the day—watching TV, reading, napping, or hosting your friends and family.
If you take a look around your living room and realize how dull or cramped it looks, here are five ways you can liven up the design.
New Color Scheme
There's a whole science behind the use of color in interior design that you might not know about, but you can use to great effect to make your living room look and feel warm and inviting. In general, you should avoid darker colors that absorb more light and make the room look more dreary and feel smaller than it is. On the flip side, lighter and brighter colors both look more lively, but some colors can affect your mood in specific ways.
You can play around with multiple colors in your room, and not just one single color to paint the walls. You can fill the room with plants, drapes, rugs, furniture accessories, and other miscellaneous items to serve as accents and secondary colors.
Install New Lighting
A lack of clear and quality lighting can also make your room seem more cold, gloomy and small. That doesn’t mean you have to have the entire room flooded with bright light all the time, but you should be smart about planning the light fixtures in the living room according to the space you have.
For the living room, having your main light fixtures on the ceiling attached to a dimmer switch is almost a must-have for movie nights and parties. Make sure that when they are fully lit, they clearly illuminate the bulk of the room with bright LED lights. LED bulbs are not only more energy efficient but also have a cleaner and brighter white light.
For the rest of your lighting, you can be more selective and strategic and deploy lamps and other fixtures that suit your style. With these, you can put them where you'd need them, such as on a side table for if you are reading on a chair or couch.
Create More Space
Another way to help a living room seem more lively is by making it look or feel bigger, and there are a few ways to accomplish that. First, try to clear away as much clutter as you can. Maybe you move some items or pieces of furniture into a different room or a different part of the living room. You can also get pieces of furniture with built-in storage to help keep your things close at hand, but hidden away.
Your furniture can be part of the problem, too. If you have bigger pieces of furniture that have a larger profile than normal, you can try replacing them with either smaller furniture or try something that is more sleek and thin so they take up less space.
Install a Fireplace
Nothing is warmer and inviting for a room than a fireplace. There are tons of different fireplace types and designs that you can choose from depending on what suits your style. They don't have to be expensive or take up a lot of space — you can also get fake fireplaces that emit warmth and the same glow of a fire that is built into furniture like a TV stand.
But if you have the money to spend and love the idea of having a more traditional fireplace so you can curl up with a blanket, a drink and a good book in the evening, you can find some absolutely stunning designs. A full hearth, mantle, with natural stone or brick and a stack of logs ready to go will liven up any living room.
Redecorate the Walls
The final tip is to reconsider what you have either on the walls of your living room or placed up against them. You can make the room feel bigger by removing any furniture, such as shelves or cabinets, that are placed along the wall. Doing so will also free up that wall space for you to exert some of your personal styles to liven up the room.
You can use stylized mirrors both for function and help make the room feel bigger, or to hang some pieces of art, photographs, or other artistic décor on the walls that suit the color scheme you chose. You can also put some greenery along the walls, either sitting on the floor, hanging from the ceiling, or on a small shelf. Any of the above would help inject some style, color, and life to your living room.
About the Author:
Aaron Bond is the co-owner of AccuServ Heating and Air Conditioning. He has extensive knowledge of hydronic and forced air systems and loves to share his knowledge and expertise with homeowners.