Make the Most of Your Space
Home DIY projects aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’ve got a recessed area of your living room you may want to consider building this out into a unit (storage, shelving for ornaments etc.) to finish in line with the main wall surface. Consider multi-purpose storage units for your TV where you can store magazines, books, DVDs etc. too. You could have your boiler installation with Eco Safe tucked into a cupboard under the stairs.
These are just a couple of ways to make the most of your space. It doesn’t have to be this extravagant though, it could be as simple as using a corner of the room for a small desk / study area or intimate reading corner. You may also have room to add a table and chairs there.
Adding different layers to your living room may create more space in other rooms of your house that will be more of a benefit. Putting shelves on the walls is a creative way of mixing things up. Try things out and see what works for you – you can always move things back!
Every living room needs storage space with home décor. You’d be a fool to think otherwise! Whether you have kids (that inevitably come with lots of toys and games in tow), are a movie fanatic with a vast DVD collection or just have lots of stuff (let’s face it, who hasn’t?!), you will need some sort of storage solution.
Choosing the right sort of storage can be tricky and I’ll be honest, it’s very easy to over do it. Make sure you go through all of your possessions and decide what you truly need. Here are some straight forward and simple ways to implement more storage in your living room…
- TV Stand – swap your open corner unit for a linear one instead. Nowadays many come with ample storage space – drawers and shelves, which make them perfect for DVDs and other bits and bobs you may have.
- Bookshelves – these don’t actually have to hold books… I personally love it when people show their favorite magazine collections, photographs and vases in shelving units rather than filling them with hundreds of books. The best shelving units at the moment are ones that come with drawers or cupboards underneath the main shelves. That way, you can have all the good on show and hide the not-so-nice looking stuff away!
The last area I look into to create the perfect living room is the finishing touches. What I mean by this is the accessories that make the room feel more homely and well finished off.
Here are some ideas to consider…
- Paintings or Posters – dressing your walls doesn’t have to cost the Earth if you’re unable to find or afford beautiful paintings. There are plenty of companies that sell high quality poster prints that you can frame instead. This is more cost effective and very modern. My favorites are from Desenio – on their website you can find lots of inspiration for different ways you can combine prints to find something that works for your room and is completely unique to you.
- Floor Standing Lamps – these are best as ambient lighting, but it doesn’t have to stop there, you may like the idea of having a reading / spot light. My favorites are the lamps that look stylish, sleek and become a real feature in the room.
- Coffee and Console Tables – make a statement with the coffee table you choose and style it like a pro. Learn the art of layering by reading my Art of Styling Coffee Tables post for ideas as to how you can do this uniquely to you.
- Rugs and Cushions – accessories your living room with a combination of plain textured and patterned cushions to bring it to life. Then find the perfect match with a cozy, high pile rug. Thin rugs can often feel quite cold so I would recommend something that’s made from silk or wool if possible. Depending on the style of your furniture and accessories you already have, will depend on the pattern or color you go for.
- Add Splashes of Vibrant Color – adding color is easier than you think… Cushions, rugs, artwork and even plants are all great ways to inject some well needed color to your living room. Check out my post on Color Psychology in the Home.
The key to this final point is keeping the room tidy and well kept. If your living room is messy or overcrowded, it won’t feel welcoming or homely.
Top Tip: Keep your finishing touches simple and don’t overcrowd your room with “stuff“… Try to carefully curate your living room.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have been able to take something away to implement into your home! What do you think makes a perfect living room? Let us know in the comments below!