7 modern ideas to update your living room
Looking to create the luxurious living space you’ve always dreamed of having in your own home? Renovating your living room from scratch can be quite a daunting task. From deciding on a colour scheme to choosing the right pieces of furniture, there are lots of decisions to be made before you can get the ball rolling – and that’s all before the likes of artwork and accessories even begin to come into play.
From nightly evenings watching television with family to regularly entertaining guests with cocktails and canapes, on average we spend more of our time in the living room than any other room in the house, so creating a cosy and sophisticated atmosphere will soon see you reaping the benefits.
With a little time and effort, you can easily transform your living space into a lounge you’ll be excited to show off to guests – and one that you’ll enjoy winding down in and relaxing during quiet nights in, too. And best of all, all it takes is a few small, simple tweaks.
1. Paint your walls
A fresh lick of paint can work wonders for any room of the house, so why not spruce up your living room with a dramatic new shade? A quick and effective way to make a big impact, opt for a feature wall in a rich and opulent shade. Keep the remaining walls neutral to maintain that spacious feel.
2. Get laminate flooring
If you don’t have natural wood floors in your home, trendy laminate flooring can make for a great alternative – and best of all, it’s quick and easy to install. Some of the latest varieties looks as good – and often better than – other expensive floor, and are far easier to maintain than real wood, which requires regular polishing and waxing.
3. Refresh your space with carefully chosen accents
Shuffling around your key décor pieces and swapping some out for bolder and brighter alternatives can instantly revive your living space. Try adding in a few different shades of throw blankets, pillows and accent rugs to instantly brighten your room.
4. Mix modern with vintage for an edgy and glamorous vibe
Try mixing a few quintessential vintage pieces into your modern setup. Remember that rustic wooden table that your grandparents cherished? Well, why not incorporate it into your living room as a coffee table for a unique, one-off piece that no-one else will have?
5. Just add animals
Whether it’s an artistic portrait of a beloved pet or a cheetah print rug, adding animal accents to your living space is an easy way to achieve that opulent feel. Try thick, faux fur throws and cushions – texture can be a great way to up the glamour. But remember – less is always more – so keep these pieces as accents against a plainer and more neutral backdrop.
6. Plus a pop of colour
Even if you favour a neutral colour palette, a subtle pop of colour or two around the living room, whether in the form of throw pillows, rugs, artwork or décor pieces – can make all the difference. A stylishly simple way to add some character, and one that will take you mere minutes.
7. Turn an unused corner of the room into a functional feature space
To make a good living room great, transform that unused corner into a functional space to be proud of. A simple way to glam yours up is to add a statement designer chair with a wall mounted sliding shelf. Both sophisticated and practical, it’s the savvy way to maximise your space.