When you get home from work, the living room becomes your place of reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the world. You want your living room to be an ambient atmosphere that reflects your style and the things that make you happy.
Next time you kick your feet up on the sofa, look around. If your throw pillows look worn out, it might be time to make some changes to your home decor. Your burgundy accent wall might need a new coat of paint. If you’re ready for a change, consider revamping your space with some minor changes that make a big impact.
Having a beautiful home can make a positive difference in your mental state and outlook on life. Splurging on those yellow tulips may seem frivolous, but the effect on your mental health can be
worth more than you may realize. It’s no wonder more interior designers are studying aspects of Feng Shui and Hygge in order to create more impactful designs that lighten homeowners’ moods.
If you want to freshen up your home with a new look this spring, try out some of these ideas to update your decor without starting over or investing as much money as a complete overhaul would cost.
1. Repaint your Walls or Update Your Furniture
It’s time to take out your paintbrush, overalls, and painter’s tape. One of the easiest ways to give your front room a facelift is to repaint. You don’t have to repaint every wall, but you can.
If you’re looking for a smaller scale project, try painting or repainting your accent wall. Colors like maroon, mustard, and olive green no longer give your space the most modern feel. Try bright yellow, forest green, or coral. Gray can also be breathtaking and
A fun way to add excitement to your room is with a wallpaper accent wall. With all the innovation in printing, you can find some awe-inspiring wallpapers that will light up your life. You can try woodgrain wallpaper for a more rustic look or a yellow and white
geometric pattern for a more Art Deco-inspired room.
Tackling the furniture can also be an easy way to add airiness or depth to a room. If you have a small space with dark furniture, paint your pieces lighter, brighter colors. This reduces the visual weight of the pieces and can be a fun way to update outdated furniture styles.
2. Bring in Fresh Fruits and Flowers
Nothing says “fresh” more than live plants, flowers, and fresh fruit. Bring in the beauty of the botanical world with a few potted plants. Succulents are excellent for when you travel. They don’t require much attention and they can survive for weeks without water. Other plants like Staghorn Fern don’t require a lot of light.
You can also find some fresh flowers for a vase or fresh fruit for a glass bowl. Lemons, limes, and oranges are great for spring, and you can make freshly squeezed juice when the time comes to replace them with fresher fruit.
3. Create a New Look with Your Curtains
When springtime comes around and the sun is shining, you’ll want to let as much natural light into your home as possible. Ditching the heavy velvet curtains for light linen or translucent fabrics is the way to go. Open a window and watch your curtains dance in the breeze.
Dying your curtains can be a fun project and save you some money. Bleached ombre patterns are unique and add character to a room. You can also add panels to your existing curtains and create an eclectic look. Another way to bring your place into the
21st century is to try a wall hanging as a window cover.
4. Update Your Art
When it comes to your home decor, art is everything. From the frame to the subject, art tells guests so much about who we are and what we care about. Replace any artwork that feels like passive restaurant decor with exciting pieces from local artists, or find great prints from your favorite painter or photographer.
Art stimulates our minds and hearts. Surround yourself with art that makes you smile and think. You can always sell your existing artwork online. Register a domain name, design your online shop, and list your pieces. You can rest assured that your precious art will wind up in good hands.
5. Refinish Your Throw Pillows and Rugs
One of the quickest ways to add life back into a room is to get rid of tired pillows and replace them with new ones. This doesn’t take a lot of work. If you want to more eco-friendly, you can add stuffing and get a new cover.
New rugs can also soften a room and add a fun touch. Try a faux fur rug or a bright floral patterned rug. Don’t be afraid to go big when it comes to an area rug. Because rugs are below our lines of vision, and often not a visual focal point, even a busy rug won’t call too much attention to itself when it’s time to unwind.
Let your living room be your respite from the rest of the world. Fill your room with space and your heart with joy. Remember to declutter to add even more of an escape from the outside world. If you have a stressful career, try staying neutral and incorporating candles for additional relaxation. Take the time to glance from wall to wall in your living room. What do you see that is weighing down your design? It’s time to update it.