The living room is the most-used space in many homes and it is often designed to be the social heartbeat of your home. It can be used for entertaining friends and family, relaxing and binging on boxsets on the TV and during the coronavirus pandemic, some living rooms were even turned into areas to exercise.
This guide looks at how you can upgrade your living room by sharing living room decor ideas and other changes that you can consider making to ensure that you have an inviting space to spend time in. Making changes to any room in your home doesn’t have to be expensive and if your budget is pinched, these suggestions cover all bases.
Living room décor ideas to consider making
- Statement ceilings
- Gallery walls
- Picking the right living room furniture
- Add house plants
- Living room feature wall ideas
- Switch up your cushions
You’ve probably come across a feature wall, but something that has increased in popularity in recent years are statement ceilings. A ceiling is a blank canvas that can easily be forgotten about, but from vinyl stickers to eye-catching hand-painted murals, this is beginning to change.
If you are looking for modern living room ideas to try, lifestyle and interior design site Apartment Therapy recommends trying a statement ceiling. They add: “Bold, chic, and more affordable than say, painting an entire room, upgrading your living room ceiling with paint makes a big interior statement without breaking your bank account. If you’re shy, try out a pastel, but if you’re about going for broke, you can’t beat the drama of black.”
Popular statement ceiling ideas
- Painted ceilings – if you have white walls in your living room you can just paint your ceiling a different colour to make it stand out or paint it multiple colours.
- Ceiling art – from unique lampshades to pictures, this is another popular way to make your ceiling stand out.
- Wallpaper cover – many people opt to put wallpaper up on their ceilings as you can get some great designs.
- Exposed beams – if you have beams in your living room then you can just make them the focal point of the room.
Another popular living room idea are gallery walls and after a quick search on the internet, you will find thousands of examples. But with so many examples you may feel a bit daunted about creating one for your home.
Art can be expensive and pulling together a gallery wall can be very time consuming, so what is the best way to start your own?
One of the first things you will need to consider is how you want to display your gallery wall. Jen, an interiors writer and blogger at Love Chic Living, shared some of her top tips: “The best way to replicate how you want to hang your gallery wall is to lay the pictures out on the floor. This way you can look at the hanging from a distance and see how it looks. It can also help to recreate the layout using paper and tape on the wall. You’ll get an exact idea of where the pictures will hang this way, creating the right spacing and height as you need it.”
The great thing about creating your own gallery wall is that you can combine different colours, art styles and aesthetics.
Picking the right living room furniture
Do you want a standard sofa or a cornered sofa, would you prefer modern seating or a traditional armchair? Picking the right living room furniture can be difficult as there is so much choice.
If a member of your household is a wheelchair user or suffers from a mobility problem, then another consideration you need to think of is ensuring that you don’t have too much furniture for the room and there is plenty of space to move around. If you have a domestic lift for wheelchairs in your house and it is located in your living room, then you don’t want too much furniture and clutter because you will need to ensure the entrance to it is clear.
If you are buying new living room furniture, you will need to decide what style you want to go for. If you’re lost on what direction to take with your own living room, you can stick with a traditional scheme – clean lines, soft tones, and subtly patterned textiles – and incorporate a handful of interesting elements to go alongside the furniture.
If you have a small living room, something that has become more fashionable in recent years and a way to bring more furniture into the room without taking up any floor space is to buy hanging swing chairs. Furniture such as this are very space-savvy and they can be great fun to sit in as well!
If you feel your existing living room is a bit dull and boring, then you should opt for bits of furniture that are colourful and modern. This can range from something small like a colourful coffee table to larger items such as a sofa. If you aren’t looking to buy new living room furniture, then something as simple as rearranging your existing furniture into a new layout can allow you to update the room without spending your money.
If you’re looking to make an eco-friendly statement in your living room then one way to achieve this is to add houseplants to the room.
You can add single potted plants or another living room décor idea which has increased in popularity is to install floating shelves or racks to create a wall of house plants. Many people prefer this option as it means you can make your living room greener without the plants taking up too much space.
Houseplants don’t just look pretty; they also have lots of benefits to your wellbeing. An article on the RHS website tells us a little more: “As well as looking good, houseplants support human health in homes, offices, schools and hospitals. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of indoor plants are through wellbeing and productivity improvement.”
Benefits of houseplants
According to research, below are just some of the benefits of houseplants:
- An improved mood
- Stress levels reduce
- Attention span increases
- Increased productivity
- Reduces blood pressure
Living room feature wall ideas
Another living room décor idea that you could consider is a feature wall. If you have a big blank wall, then no matter what your budget, you can transform it into a showstopping feature wall.
You can use a broad range of materials including paint, tiles and wood for a feature wall as items like these are a great way to add colour and texture to the room.
As it is just one wall that you will be decorating it is not very time consuming and you can add lots of style without making your living room feel too busy.
Possible feature wall ideas and styles
- Slatted wood feature wall
- Chalkboard feature wall
- Wallpapered feature wall
- Painted feature wall
- Patterned feature wall
- Tiled feature wall
Switch up your cushions
Cushions are one of the most versatile soft furnishings and doing something as simple as getting some new ones can change up your living room.
Cushions are available in lots of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures, so buying some new cushions could be all your living room needs to feel refreshed.
If your living feels a bit plain, you can opt to buy some colourful and snazzy cushions to brighten it up or if you already have colourful walls in your living room you may just need some neutral colours added to the room so you don’t get a sensory overload.
There are many different ways in which you can modernise your living room décor and these are just some suggestions that you could try.
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