5 Tips To Enhance Your Living Room With Minimal Effort

5 Tips To Enhance Your Living Room With Minimal Effort

5 Tips To Enhance Your Living Room With Minimal Effort

 Whether you’re in the process of renovating your living room, looking to reimagine it for 2017 or gearing up for the big ‘spring clean’, here are 5 tried-and-tested tips that can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your living room with next-to no time input or effort.

1. Think Green

Plants-luxe-property-groupWe don’t mean think environmentally (although we’re big believers in sustainable property development and eco solutions). In this instance, we are referring to the use of plants. Plants add life and character to otherwise static/lifeless spaces. They provide cleaner air, which in turn contributes to your general health and happiness and they look great. Nowadays, you can buy hardy, low maintenance plants from IKEA. They cost very little and can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of your living room.

Bringing an element of the outdoors, indoors, looks set to become one of the hottest interior design trends of 2017. There are numerous reasons for this, not least the fact that people are reaching digital saturation and, as a result, are looking to de-digitalise their homes and move back towards a more natural living environment (touched on in our recent article ‘Interior Design: Top Trends to Expect in 2017’).

If you wanted to take the ‘green’/organic theme one step further, you could consider use of Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2017; ‘Greenery’. Although this would require a little more time and consideration, it can breathe new life into otherwise bland/boring furniture and spaces.

2. Light

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Maximising natural light may seem like an obvious suggestion but you would be amazed at the number of people who don’t take full advantage of it. The slightest increase in natural light can transform a space into a brighter, more spacious and inspirational environment.

Poor artificial lighting can also have an extremely negative effect on the general ‘vibe’ of a room. If you prefer side lamps to overhead lighting, that’s great because you can make significant improvements to a room with very little investment. Get creative. Consider using a variety of mismatched lamps & shades. This can add depth and character. (FYI – The mismatched approach also works well with things such as chairs around a dining table). If you’re more in favour of overhead lighting, consider use of mismatched, suspended lighting as opposed to recessed ceiling lights. Again, this can add more character to a room.

Regardless of your preferred lighting solution, ensure that you keep lightbulbs at the warmer end of the spectrum. ‘White’/clinical light can make a room feel uncomfortable, sterile and cold. Remember, this is your living room; a place where you should feel most ‘at home’, cosy, comfortable and relaxed.

3. Fabrics

How often do you swap or update your cushion covers? Presumably, not very often! However, this simple, affordable tip can have a big impact on how your living room looks and feels. It’s great way to refresh a space at the start of a new year and costs very little. Check out the hottest interior design trends if you’re stuck for inspiration for your new covers. Right now, yellows, greens, botanical patterns and other nature-inspired designs, e.g. dessert themes are very much on trend and tie in nice with an increase in plant-life.

4. Repurpose

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For those of your gearing up to the big spring clean, think whether an item can be repurposed as something useful before throwing it out. If you attend auctions or frequent salvage sites, think outside the box. We’re talking about something as simple as converting a couple of empty wine cases into storage/shelving units. Things like old wooden haulage pallets have infinite uses (coffee tables, dining tables, bed frames, etc…). Stripped pallet wood can produce an interesting finish if sanded and subsequently torched gently.

Basically, get creative. Cut back on waste and create something both beautiful and practical. There’s loads of inspiration examples on social channels, such as this Board on Pinterest.

5. Refine

Take a step back and try to view your living room through the eyes of someone who’s never seen it before. Does it feel cluttered? Clutter builds up slowly over time, meaning we rarely notice it accumulating. The arrival of spring marks the time of year when many people opt to review and refine their clutter. Our advice this year is that everything in a room should have a purpose. A reason to be there. It should positively contribute to the overall functionality or look and feel of the room (or both). If an item serves no beneficial purpose, it shouldn’t be there. Also, don’t feel as though every shelf or surface needs something to fill it. On the contrary, keeping some shelves completely clear can enhance the sense of space and serenity. Carefully consider every item in your living room and how it interacts with other items to contribute to the overall look and feel. You can find a few more useful tips on how to avoid clutter in our recent article, ‘How to make the most of smaller living spaces’.

About Luxe Property Group:

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