Why Update Your Living Room Design?
Fashion and trends in home design are an ever-changing tide that comes and goes just like the seasons, which can either irritate or annoy us, make us splurge on latest fabulous furniture piece or inspire us to create something new.
From simply changing the furniture layout or adding a new piece to repainting walls or adding cushions, or rugs in vibrant colors, you can completely transform your rooms and create an impression of a completely new home.
Of all the rooms in the house, the living room is the one where most families spend their time, reading, resting, enjoying time together and therefore, they are the ones most often subjected to makeovers following the latest trends in design. Tastes are very different and trends shouldn’t be used as rules but as guides for inspiration. Here are some living room design ideas worth discussing.
There’s been a shift lately towards deep and darker colors of certain elements and pieces, in burgundy, deep navy blue, dark grey and emerald green, combined with pearly whites and pastel pinks.
On softer colored backgrounds, single pieces in deep colors look even more prominent, creating a beautiful juxtaposition between lighter shades and richer darker contrasts of dark blues and deep reds. Sea motifs with elements of corals and shells and the tranquillity which those motifs symbolize are becoming more and more popular.
Wallpaper, if chosen wisely, could easily become an element that gives the room texture and draws you in, but it can also provide the background to whatever style you desire for your home.
Lately, there’s been an increase in the use of patterned and textured wallpapers. Bold prints are paired up with vibrant colors, tidy and neat geometrical shapes with messy patterns and splatters of color, reminiscent of those of Jackson Pollock’s work.
This is an area where you can have most fun and creative freedom. One of the key features is greenery. Green is the most natural color and by bringing it in, you add spark, radiance, and vivacity to your home. There’s a vast choice of plants to choose from, such as palm trees, succulents or cacti, and you can place them in pots, arrange them on walls or suspend them from the ceiling.
An interesting art piece is one of the best accessories you can have. It can be a huge wall piece of fantasy or abstraction, blown-up photograph, geometrical sculpture-like bookcase, or statement mirror that is well combined with any material in the room. Its reflective surface will disperse light around the room giving it a warm and magical feel.
One of the most obvious trends nowadays is mixing different materials and textures, such as retro tiles and wood, wooden floors and stone. Another big hit is customizing your existing floors by giving them a fresh new look with a different polish. It might take some time to perfect it and get the finish you want, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
One of the best ways to accentuate floors and bring out their beauty is by adding rugs. You might want to check out DecoRug’s range of designer rugs for inspiration. There’s a huge choice of handcrafted rugs waiting to grace your floors and turn dull rooms into sophisticated elegance.
Mix Old & New
The eclectic style will never go out of fashion. It gives us the opportunity to express our uniqueness by mixing styles, colors, textures, shapes, and materials. For example, you can combine wood and metal with concrete, glass, exposed brick, and linens.
A fireplace is also a great element to experiment with. Even if you install the latest, state-of-the-art gas fireplace, you can still play with elements and add wood, marble or concrete to achieve the chic look.
Updating the design, style and aesthetic of your living room simply comes down to picking the trends you really love and adding inexpensive accessories that will increase comfort and reflect your sense of style.
Blog Contributor: Lilian Connors
Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on LinkedIn.