For some households, the living room is where memories are made. Games are played; shows and movies are watched; books are read; and conversation is engaged. For others, the living room might be a place where junk mail is dropped on the way to the kitchen. Whatever your living room is currently used for, an update can make it a welcoming environment to build memories and traditions.
Start From the Ground Up
The first step you want to consider when updating a room is the floor. Does your carpet need to be replaced, or would a good cleaning brighten things up? Does your current flooring match your needs and style? Or maybe your floor is great but has a couple of spots that need to be repaired or replaced. Replacing a section of hardwood floor isn’t difficult if you have some patience and have done a little research.
If you’re not sure whether you want to replace your floor, think about whether the current flooring provides the atmosphere you like. Do you shudder a little bit when you see the state of your carpet? Would you rather have soft cushy carpet than hardwood floors? Or would you like the openness and area rug options that come with hardwood? These questions will help you decide what kind of feeling you want the room to have and how the flooring fits in.
Seating is one of the most important aspects of a living room space. The amount and type of seating you have determines how many people can comfortably be in the room, how they will be facing each other as they interact, and what activities are easy and which require maneuvering. Think about whether you want to play lots of board games, will mostly be watching TV, or reading in your living room. Do you want everyone to be able to sit in a big group, or do you want little groupings of seats for people to branch into separate activities?
Just as the floor affects the feel of a room, there are other simple ways to affect your living room’s atmosphere. An important aspect of atmosphere is lighting — the amount of brightness in a room, whether the light is natural, and where lighting sources are placed all affect the general feel of a room, as well as your ability to see what you’re doing. If you want a lighting focal point, consider a fireplace. There are lots of ways to design a fireplace area that fits the mood of a room, and it adds ambiance and warmth.
Upcycle for a Personal Touch
Home decor stores are full of generic decorations that might look nice but often fail to add personality. By creating your own decor, you not only add your own personal touch to a space, but you’re also adding memories. For example, you can upcycle old T-shirts into throw pillows or create a shadow box with special memories related to an anniversary or concerts you really loved. The living room has endless possibilities for upcycling projects, limited only to your imagination
When your space is designed with your daily activities in mind, you’ll be able to relax more and more fully enjoy the time you spend in your home. What are ways you update your life by improving the spaces around you? What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments below. I really would love to know.
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