The good news is you can do the same for your house. Your living room is a place where you unwind and relax. You welcome and entertain guests in this space, so it’s worth investing in making it look elegant and stylish.
Even if you buy expensive furniture and chandeliers, these items will amount to nothing if your living room looks cluttered and messy. Keep your living room’s layout simple, and organize your stuff. You shouldn’t be hanging your winter coats in this room, much less use the sofa as your unofficial coat hanger. Decorations will only shine and get the attention they deserve when your living room is tidy and uncluttered.
The Right Furniture
An elegant coffee table can be the centerpiece of any room, more so the living room. Arrange deep-seat lounge chairs around a modern coffee table on top of a cozy living room rug. As a best practice, the size of the rug should extend beyond the seats. Remember that a floor lamp in the corner will also improve the ambiance. This setting will be the focal point of the living room.
A living room without paintings may look bare and uninteresting. You don’t need to purchase an expensive painting to make the room look elegant. A painting with special significance to you can be a conversation starter. You can even pick up artwork from the farmer’s market to add character to the room. If you are the creative kind, you can make a painting of your own. All you need is a large canvas, some acrylic paints, and a lot of creativity.
Curtains and drapes add elegance to any room. However, if your room doesn’t have a high ceiling, here’s a simple trick to make it seem like it does. Get a long curtain and hang it up high, almost touching the ceiling. Buy curtains that hit the floor, their edges grazing the top of the tiles.
One can never go wrong with natural light. Letting it wash over the furniture and decorations in the living room will add a glow to them. Aside from natural light, artificial light can create a nice ambiance, too. Use a layered lighting concept by choosing hanging pendant lights instead of ordinary lamps. Plug-in sconces and dimmer switches will also work their magic in your space.
Even if you have a modern concept for your living room, don’t be afraid to work with antique furniture. These will surely jazz up the space. You can go for an old clock, mirror, rocking chair, or picture frames that will complement the rest of your furniture. Buying these from the local thrift shop will help you add character to the room without spending so much.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars for your living room to look elegant. A few well-thought-out pieces should add character and personality to any room. Before remodeling your living room, picture how you want it to look as you welcome and entertain guests. That’s a great start-off point.