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Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your entire home. It’s effectively the central hub (unless you count the kitchen) where your family meets, where your guests come to lounge and also where you relax after a long day at work. Because of this, it’s important to make your living room as comfortable as possible, and we’ve put together a list of seven tips that will help you make your living room more relaxing to be in.
Utilize floating furniture
The idea of floating furniture is simple; instead of placing everything against a wall, you shouldn’t be afraid of say, putting a comfy couch straight in the middle of your living room. However, if you do utilize floating furniture, then you want to place something to the side or behind it to make sure it doesn’t look strange or out of place on its own. Ideally, you’ll want to put something like a table behind a couch to act as its “back”.
However, you don’t always have to use furniture to support other pieces of floating furniture. If your couch is somewhat box-shaped then it can already act like a semi-wall that divides the room. Another good example of floating furniture that doesn’t need extra support is a coffee table. Although it’s usually a good idea to place it in the middle of a ring of chairs, you can place a coffee table almost anywhere and, as long as it doesn’t block traffic in your living room, can be used as an extra surface. However, if you want more surfaces, then it’s best to use a console table as floating furniture due to its height.
Your TV doesn’t need to be the center of attention
Many people put their televisions as the center of attention in their living room. Perhaps it’s because you want to make the most of viewing angles so you place it in the middle where it’s surrounded by sofas and chairs. Perhaps it’s the most expensive appliance or piece of equipment in your living room and you want to highlight it. Either way, you don’t need to make your television the center of attention especially if it doesn’t see much use. Instead, you could just as well make a dining table or a coffee table with unique plants on it as the center of attention–try changing it up to see what works for your family!
If you have a fireplace that has been blocked off, then renovating it can be a fantastic way to add a fresh new centrepiece to your living room. You could even make actual use of it by making sure it works and that it’s cleaned out. Although we’re nearing the end of the winter season now, a fireplace is a fantastic addition to any home and can add some rustic charm when it’s actually in use.
Color palettes and materials are important
Colors play a huge role in any kind of home renovation. If you’ve been making home improvements without keeping this in consideration, then there’s a good chance that your home looks like a mess of colors or you’re not utilizing color psychology correctly. Neutral colors such as white, black, grey and light brown are a fantastic way to add a peaceful and tranquil feel to your living room, whereas bolder colors such as a dark red or purple are more personalized and can feel a bit daunting when you’ve just come home from work.
You may want to learn about color psychology before you make any changes to your living room. While paint is easy to remove and change, it’s best not to make any changes that are expensive to undo.
Storage is more comfortable than you think
When talking about comfort, it’s not just the feeling we get from our furniture that we need to keep in mind but also the practicality of everything. As such, we consider extra storage to be a “comforting” addition to your living room and for several reasons. For starters, clutter is never nice to have around in your home and having extra storage means that you’ll be able to keep your living room free of it. Secondly, you can use storage to add unique details to your home, such as having a shelf to show off your achievements or a display case to store your prized antiques.
However, there will come a point where “too much storage” is a problem. If you feel like you’re running out of storage, then consider the fact that you might be piling up too much clutter and that it’s not a problem of a lack of storage!