Time flies – it might be years since you last took a look at your living room and decided to redecorate. If you can see out-dated wallpaper, stained carpets or just have the urge to gut the whole room and start again, then it’s certainly time for a change. Here are some suggestions on how you can improve the best room in the house.
Get new flooring
Scratched floorboards and threadbare carpets will surely make your living room look dated, scruffy and unloved. Even if there are no signs of wear and tear on your flooring, it’s still a good place to look when you’re wanting to improve the room. Rich, soft carpeting adds warmth to the room and helps to create a cosier living space.
Waxed wooden flooring is another popular choice for homes around the world, this is probably because it has a rustic look that can be just as comforting as carpet, particularly when a beautiful decorative rug has been placed in the centre of the room. If you wanted something a little different, a tiled living room floor can be an option. This will probably work well in a modern building and – like a wooden floor – will look fabulous with a well-placed rug. Consider tiles and light walls for a Mediterranean feel.
Get a fireplace
A fireplace is a beautiful feature in any living room. If you don’t have one already then you should think about getting one installed – it can be easier than you’d imagine. No chimney? Don’t worry, with modern balanced flue gas fires you can still add a gorgeous contemporary fireplace to the room. Sitting by the fireside is a perfect way to settle down on a miserable night and unwind and enjoy a good book or movie with a glass of wine.
Add a skylight
Skylights might not be possible for everyone, but if your living room is part of a single floor extension then this is a brilliant addition. More natural night makes a space feel bigger and also has a positive effect on your mood. Those who live in a spot with low or no light pollution can look up at the stars through a skylight from the warmth and comfort of your couch!
Alternatively, you can install larger windows or patio doors to encourage more light in your living space if you haven’t got room for a skylight.
Buy new furniture
A simple but effective way to make improvements to any room in the house. Even quality furniture gets shabby and dull over time. Think back to when you bought the couch you currently own, how many years has it been? Perhaps it hasn’t been that long, but the style you choose no longer best reflects your tastes. Whatever the reason, buying some brand-new furniture for your living room can spruce it up nicely.
Ready for the change? Use these suggestions as a starting point for your new and improved living room.