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5 Things Every Living Room Needs

If you're looking for ways to spice up your living room, here are 5 things you should definitely consider!

Is your living room in need of a bit of an update? Don’t stress, because there are five essentials that every living room needs to make it reach its potential, without burning a hole in your wallet.
It doesn’t matter what your aesthetic is in your living room, these design tips are essential for every cohesive living room.

Figure Out Your Focal Point
You should always have a plan when it comes to designing your living room. Sophie Kost, the interior design expert with My Beautiful Abode, offers her advice about decorating your living room. “When it comes to designing a successful living room, I always discuss the main purpose of the room with my clients as this will determine the layout of furniture. For example, if you are passionate about watching TV then, you will want your main and most comfortable seating facing the TV as a focal point. If you use the room for socialising and want to make the room suitable for conversation, then you will want to make the TV (if there even is one) discrete and the seating area/coffee table the focus of the space.” You can find out more amazing tips from Sophie by following her on Facebook and Instagram.

That Rug Really Tied The Room Together
If you love your rug as much as the Dude does, you’ll want to make sure your living room shows it off in a positive light. Tania Bell from Green Room Interiors has the perfect solution if you need a rug makeover, “Antique Persian rugs with a contemporary twist. I think the next big thing will be traditional rugs to receive that washed out and aged look, giving it a 2017 makeover.” Make sure the rug in your living room sits underneath your furniture, or out further than your furniture, as it makes your room look bigger. You should avoid using round rugs with a rectangular furniture setting; it throws the whole outlay off. If you have a larger-than-life living room, you can always opt for a rug that extends past your furniture. You can find more amazing tips from Tania by following Green Room Interiors on Facebook or Instagram.

Keep It Comfy
You wouldn’t go to the cinema just to sit on the floor, would you? So you should make sure that your living room is comfortable enough to spend lengths of time in. No one likes to admit it, but we spend a lot of time in front of the TV; we may not be watching the TV, but we sit in front of it, so ensure that your couch and chairs are comfortable. You may be rolling your eyes and thinking “well duh”, but sometimes people will favour style over snugness. If you’re buying a new couch, give it a test drive. Sit down on it, move around a bit and think “could I sit here for a couple of hours?” It’s an important question that will save you money later on when you realise you hate your couch.

Spice Things Up
If your living room looks a little bare, you should add some life to it! You can inject some colour into the walls by adding artwork, photos of your travel, family or anything you like. Remember, whatever you find on Pinterest isn’t real life; no home is perfect, so you should add some spice to it. Your decor should also reflect who you are as a person, and you don’t have to rely and focus on the latest trends to make your home look stylish. If you have plain walls in your home, and you’d like to spice it up a bit, you can always consider wallpaper. Julia Hill, director for Luxe Walls has time-saving tips for those who love the idea of wallpaper but are scared of the commitment. “Wallpaper is the latest product to experience a resurgence, and this time round in a DIY fashion. The industrial look stands out as a key trend this season with many requests received for concrete, brick and timber images”, says Julia. “Another trend we are seeing is the Scandi look – charcoals, soft greys and whites with blonde wood furniture and highlights of soft pink.” You can find out more about Luxe Wall and its beautiful designs by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

Team With The Theme
No matter what your home looks like, you can always continue the aesthetic from one room to the other. For instance, if you love the marble in your kitchen or bathroom, you can inject some marble fixings into your living room to keep a smooth flow going throughout your home. Jayden Hall from The Renovator Store has some useful and stylish tips if you’d like to inject some trendy aesthetics into your living room. “Stone, bamboo and wood are all materials that offer a pleasing aesthetic whilst maintaining the practicality of more traditional finishes. The natural veins and colour variations are preserved in each finish, making each basin a unique addition to your home.” You can find amazing tips from the Renovator Store by following their Facebook and Instagram.

Not every living room is the same, nor should they be. Every living room, however, should follow the basic guidelines in order to make it a livable and relaxing space that you’d want to spend time in. It doesn’t take much, just a bit of preparation, and you’ll have the best living room on the street!

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