If you feel like your living room is lacking a little of the life that its name suggests, then you might be wondering about what, exactly, you can do about it. It’s not always easy to see, at a glance, what’s missing. However, there are a few common culprits that, on closer inspection tend to crop up often with this particular problem. Here are a few of them and what you can do about them.
Your walls are too empty
Not every wall needs to be a feature wall. The walls with your windows might not need too much work, but if you have a long wall that’s entirely empty, it can make the room look pretty bare, as well. You can make it a focal point with wall galleries, shelves, and plenty of other options. For a more minimal look, you can keep it interesting but not distracting with options like Faux Stone wall panels. Aside from stone, brick and wood walls are very popular, too, allowing you to change the texture of one wall without actually needing to install a whole new wall.
You might be quite happy with the choice of flooring that you have made but if there’s nothing at all to break it up, then it can look a little monotonous and add to the sense of “lacking” in the room. Of course, there’s an easy way to break up a wall-to-wall floor, to add both some visual distinctiveness and some textural diversity, and that’s with Kathy Ireland rugs. A good rug adds a real sense of comfort to the room, while also allowing you to introduce new visual elements to contrast and complement the look of the rest of the room. Soft furnishings do a world of good in adding some warmth to your space.
A little life (literally)
The feeling of coziness is a crucial element of a working living room. But how do you add it to yours, exactly? Aside from the tips we’ve already shared, decorating your living room with plants can be an excellent step to take. Aside from adding a dash of natural color to the room, plants are naturally relaxing and can even improve the air quality of the room. All of this serves to make the room fresher, comfier, and more welcoming. There are plenty of low-maintenance plants you can choose from, as well, so it doesn’t always need to be a part-time job.
Softer lighting can do the job
Visibility is crucial, but if your only lighting is a bright, high-color temperature main light, then it’s going to make the room look a little bare. To that end, accent lighting such as lamps or wall installations can add some warmth and depth, making it look even comfier than it is.
With the tips above, you can bring some life and warmth to your living room, making it the inviting haven that you need after a day of taking care of all those responsibilities.