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We all have rooms in our homes that we prefer more than others.   Mine is the kitchen as I love to create new recipes for family and friends.  I also love my bedroom as my love of cooking is rivalled by my love for unwinding in bed and getting a good nights sleep.  The living room is next on my list where we spend a lot of time with family and friends.  Sometimes we neglect to give one or all of these rooms the care and attention they deserve when we first refurbish/redecorate.  The intention is to revisit it at a later date when funds have been recuperated but this often gets demoted on our list of priorities.

If you are guilty of doing this then first on your list should probably be the living room.  The living room tends to get the most use so ideally should be first on the list when we revisit which rooms to finish styling.  Think practically, make the room functional, give it a minimalist look to keep the mind feeling relaxed when there and also consider the following:

Use of Colour

You can breathe life into a room with the addition of a little colour.   My husband likes to do this when refurbishing and redecorating properties.  If you are unsure of which colour scheme to opt for then look at colour palette for inspiration and test colours on the intended wall to help you choose.   A little injection of colour is a good way to create a different feel to a room and to freshen a room up if you simply fancy a change.

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Introduce A Feature

The simple addition of artwork, mirrors or even shelving can complete the look of a room.  We bought a mirror and also a picture with a mirrored frame for our living room from Furniture Village.   The walls looked boring and bare before their addition.  Both pieces enhance the look and feel of the room and finish it well.

Adding a feature to a room can add a beautiful focal point/conversation piece.   I’ve visited houses where they have the most stunning fish tanks with either freshwater or saltwater fish.  These look amazing and are also extremely calming to watch.  I used to have tropical fish myself and have considered introducing them back into our home.  I know the children would welcome this addition.  I’m not quite sure what to opt for just yet but am looking at various choices including the BiOrb, various freestanding clear tanks and also the various aquarium and cabinet sets that if found over at Swell UK.  Any of these would look amazing with some plants and pretty coloured fish like the guppies and tetra I used to have.  I remember watching them swim around the tank and found it very therapeutic.

Focus On Comfort

You expect a living room to be comfortable and its appearance to have a relaxed feel.  Avoid cramming in too much furniture, although, on the flip side make sure you have enough to accommodate all those living there and where possible a few extra guests.  Cushions and throws can add to the relaxed feel a room has and can also change the appearance and mood of a room.  If possible it’s nice to have spares that are different so you can mix it up once in a while.

Creating an Inviting Atmosphere

An important factor not to be overlooked is the atmosphere of the room.  You can make a room far more inviting with the addition of a fireplace.  A gas fire can look stunning and be ideal to cosy around during the cold winter months.  I don’t recall where we bought our fireplace from but there are plenty on the Direct Fireplaces site to give you some inspiration.

Other home accessories that can lift the atmosphere of a room include candles, diffusers, even the right sound system for a little mood music.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for your living room.  Don’t forget the most important thing is to style your home to your taste and to suit your requirements.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

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36 thoughts on “How to Breathe New Life into your Living Room”

  1. I agree colour makes all the difference and we have plenty of colour in our living room – it makes it feel so vibrant. Great tips!

  2. Some great ideas here. I can not wait to get some home improvement jobs finished this Spring so I can redecorate the house again 🙂

  3. Ours is the kitchen. It’s the centre of the house and the reason we brought it. In fact we are looking to move and it’s still all about the kitchen when we see a property!

  4. My favourite room is our kitchen as it’s the most recently renovated. I like the space, and colours (grey and yellow) and an industrial feel we’ve incorporated.

  5. I don’t have a favourite room at the moment as we’re in a temporary home. But we’re hoping to move later this year and if we do I can see my bedroom and the kitchen becoming my favourites followed by the living room. A bit like you I suppose. And I’m hoping to be able to put our stamp on it more than this current home.

    1. It’ll make the room look brighter. I hope to get a lighter one too. Let’s hope it’s on the books for both of us.

  6. We are about to repaint our house and I am not looking forward to it. Getting the hubby to agree on a color is not easy.

  7. Great ideas! I updated our living room’s color palette a couple of years ago and it made a huge difference. The clean neutrals I chose really brighten up the space, however it could use a few more accent pieces.

  8. Over the last two years or so, I’ve done some major changes in my home. I love the way it looks now but there is always room for more new ideas to percolate.

  9. I really need to work on updating my living room. We have been moving toys and clutter out of our main living areas and it is nice to refresh the space.

  10. I love changing up my living room! I have a neutral couch and curtains, so I can make a huge difference with a new rug and throw pillows.

  11. Ooooo fantastic tips!!!! It’s crazy how tweaking something like a little color can totally transform a room

  12. Love these tips and yes to changing up the colour – can make such a big difference and on a budget too

    Laura x

  13. I love using color to transform the mood and feeling of a room. It is definitely a great way to breathe new life into your space.

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