Your living room is the space where you spend much of your leisure time, and it is likely where you entertain. Your living room is likely the room that guests associate with you. It is also where you may read, complete craft projects, watch television, and spend time with your family. In many homes, the living room is the heart of a home. Being able to create a peaceful, relaxing, and attractive environment for the living room is very important for fostering your relationships at home and for de-stressing after a hectic day at work. If it has been a while since you have even thought about your living room, it is high time to take a fresh look at this vital part of your home.
There many things that you can do to ensure that your living room decor not only suits your style and your budget, but also provides you with maximum benefits. The first thing you should do is sit quietly in your living room when there’s no one else around. Take a pen and paper and jot down your impressions of your living room. Is it too warm? Too cold? Are there adequate windows and light? Does it feel cozy, or is it busy and crowded? Are you using your living room each day, or are you inadvertently avoiding this room because it is unpleasant? Is the room tidy or neat? Is the furniture old-fashioned? Your first impressions are probably not only the impressions that your guests have, but these impressions may inadvertently be impacting your day. For example, if your living room is too dark, you may inadvertently feel sleepy or depressed each time you sit in your living room. For both better entertaining and better home living, make it a plan to redo your living room to suit your current lifestyle.
Consider how you would start over if you had a blank slate. Would you prefer different color on the walls? Would you prefer a different couch? Look through and decorating books and decorating magazines, and find ideas that appeal to you. Post them into a scrap book and visit online retailers and stores to get ideas for paint colors, fabrics, and furnishings. Since tackling living room projects can take some time, set yourself a budget and a timeline and make your changes gradually. While you save for a new sofa, for example, you may be able to repaint the room or rearrange the furniture. You may be able to add inexpensive slip covers for the furniture or just remove the extra clutter from the room. Even small changes can start you on the way towards a nicer living space and can make you feel instantly better about your room as it is now.
One way that you can immediately infuse life and pleasure into your living room is with candles. Adding scented candles, large candles, or just large groupings of candles instantly adds a soft light, coziness, and glamour to your living room. Not only are candles very inexpensive, but they can also add a warm glow to any living space. While you are working through the projects listed in your scrap book, consider investing in some inexpensive candles which can transform your entire room. Who knows — you may find that you don’t need to do as much as you thought to make your home comforting again.