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Transform your living room

By: Gina Cronin, Gina.Cronin@Gazette.com
March 20, 2017 Updated: March 20, 2017 at 11:50 am
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The living room may very well be the most lived-in room in the home. It’s the place where you crash after a long day at work, cuddle up with loved ones on a cold winter day, and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies. It may also be the spot where the family gathers for game night, friends fill in to watch sports events, or where you just kick it solo with a compelling book. For these reason and more, it’s important to make sure that this space is pleasant and comfortable.

Take a look around your living room and see if there is anything that can be altered. Is there a piece of art on the wall that you don’t even like? Change it up! Find a piece that you absolutely love and can sit there enjoying. Whether it’s a colorful painting, a stunning photo, words of inspiration, a nature tapestry, or a classic Picasso or Monet print, it can bring a fresh energy into the room. Websites like ImageKind.com and Society6.com sell canvas and tapestry prints of just about everything. If you plan on making several design changes to the area, it’s nice to start with an artistic focal-point and expand from there. You can work a select color from the painting onto the walls and a complimenting color onto the throw pillows or area rug.

Select design accents that strengthen the theme you’re going for. If it’s more of a Zen-feel, bamboo plants and candles are a great fit. If it’s farmhouse-themed, farm animal silhouette prints or throw pillows; antique wooden accents like an old ladder against the wall, exposed beams or worn cabinetry; and floral print throw pillows or sofa coverings work well. To keep it modern, keep with black, white and grey – with minimal decorations. A marble coffee table and glass shelving can work well here. If you love colorful spaces; Google search Moroccan-themed living rooms and have fun with the patterns, colors, textures and gold accents.

If you’re not looking for a complete design overhaul, focus on the sofa. According to NY Daily News, data from Nielson reveals that the average American watches five hours of television per day; or approximately 33 hours per week. It’s likely that much of that time is spent on the couch, so it’s essential that the couch or sofa is supportive and comfortable in order to protect the body. Couches should be replaced every 7-15 years. If you’re at the point where you sink so deep into your sofa that it’s hard to get up, it’s probably time for a new one. Find a sturdy, high-quality couch that fits your design scheme.

Lighting sets the stage for the entire room. Multiple options for lighting in the living room are essential, because the space is used for so many different purposes. Accent lighting can accentuate your favorite painting, while ambient lighting can create an inviting atmosphere. Decorative lighting like one-of-a-kind lamps and hanging pendants can be incorporated as well. Finally, a task light near a couch or recliner comes in handy for when you are reading, writing or performing any other task that requires full light on your focal point.

Finally, rearrange and minimize if need be. Since so much time is spent in the living room, you don’t want it to be cluttered with unnecessary items or so much furniture that you can’t move around freely. Access the space and see if you can rearrange the furniture to create more space, or see if there is an extraneous table or cabinet that serves no purpose. If you have a book case or cabinet taking up too much space, consider book shelves or regular shelving as they open up the floor while providing storage space for beloved items on the walls.

There are many ways to transform your living room; but the most important element is that the inhabitants personally enjoy the décor and can spend extended periods of time there in comfort. 

 

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