Living rooms have been getting a lot of use lately. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, your living room may have become more than just a place to gather and lounge at the end of the day. Recently, perhaps it’s now also your home office or a child’s makeshift classroom.
If you’re getting a bit sick of your surroundings after spending so much time in your living room, there are some easy ways to bring new life to the space.
Just like every week, we’ve dug through the Private Quarters archives to round up some of the coziest and chicest living rooms we’ve featured throughout the years. And if you’re ready to spruce up your living space, here are some quick (and cheap) ways to do so.
Consider re-arranging your furniture
Have you ever thought about what your living room might look like inverse? Now is your shot to rearrange the whole thing, what do you have to lose? At no cost, you can give your space a new feel.
One thing to keep in mind when arranging furniture is the space you have to play with. Whether the room is big or small, Better Homes & Gardens recommends leaving adequate space between pieces.
“One of the secrets to learning how to arrange furniture is making sure you leave enough space between pieces,” Better Homes & Gardens notes. “Allow 30 inches between furniture you need to be able to walk around and 14 to 18 inches between a coffee table and sofa, so drinks are within reaching distance.”
Finally paint that accent wall
An accent wall can liven up any space. Just choose your color carefully. When deciding, it’s important to consider the rest of the space, according to the home improvement website the Spruce.
“Don’t shy away from using a bold color for your accent wall. As long as you have the right accents around the room to coordinate with your new color, you can choose whatever color makes you happy,” the Spruce notes.
Build a gallery wall
If you have miscellaneous decorations or family photos, it can be a good chance to put together a gallery wall in your house. Interior designer Cortney Bishop told CNN that pulling together different pieces can be an easy way to spark joy in your space.
“Try pieces here, try pieces there: a new mix-up might surprise you and showcase your art in a whole new light. Fill or replace photos in frames — switch it up with new snaps that remind you of happy times and simple joys.”
Improve your lighting options
Lighting can make all the difference in a space. Especially if you’re also working from home, this can be a good time to invest in proper lighting.
Curbed notes that replacing bulbs or simply cleaning your lampshades can make all the difference.
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