Most people use their living rooms to entertain their guests, relax with friends and family and generally chill out at the end of the day. If you are young and just starting out with your first home, money can be tight and it is quite possible that parents and friends have helped out in providing you with some furniture.
This quite often means that things don’t exactly match, but there are ways that you can co-ordinate and balance your living room, even with mismatched furniture. Here are some inspirational tips to help you decorate and accessorise the room:
1. Paint: if, for example, you have one red couch and one cream, you could paint your walls with a neutral colour such as grey and then perhaps wallpaper one wall with tones of grey, red and cream. Nowadays, it is possible to have bespoke wallpaper digitally printed, so if you only need two or three rolls it needn’t be expensive. Digital printing is great because you can design your own wallpaper, if you wish.
2. Create some space: if practical, try to leave some open space in your living room so that you can place a feature such as a large plant or sculpture there. More space around the furniture makes it easier for people to move around the room.
3. Cushions covers: choose cushions that match the colour of your walls. Taking our previous example, go for plain grey or cushion covers that have a pattern containing red, cream and grey.
4. Large rugs: whether you have a plain carpet or wooden floor, large rugs will create warmth in the winter and can be taken up in the summer. If budget allows, you could buy brighter, light summer rugs to replace the ones you use in the winter. If you ensure that a rug matches your colour scheme, and style then nothing is better at tying the room together.
5. Lighting: there are so many different forms of lighting nowadays that you will be spoiled for choice, especially if you buy online. Lamps are favourites with interior designers and can really make a living room attractive.
6. Mirrors: no matter the size of your living room, mirrors work really well, reflecting light and making a room look much larger than it is. You can get quite large mirrors for a reasonable price, if they are made from polished metal, rather than glass
7. Curtains or Blinds: blinds tend to look much better in the windows of modern style rooms, whereas curtains look good in any theme: provided you choose the right material and right colour.
It’s not difficult to see how a few accessories and some inexpensive decorating can transform a living room and perfectly co-ordinate it, but – as important as it may seem to have an attractive, perfectly co-ordinated room – it should also be comfortable; the addition of large rugs and plump cushions will go part of the way to achieving this.