In the spirit of the new year, many are opting to make improvements in all aspects of their lives. Some want to get out and exercise more, and others want to save money. However, if one of your New Year’s resolutions involves updating your living room, you’ll be pleased to find it isn’t as hard as it seems to transform this high-traffic room of your home. Here’s four tips to help give your living room a modern makeover.
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to make or break a space. You can fill a room with top-quality furniture, but it might not matter if you have terrible lighting. Those old, energy-wasting orange bulbs are as out of date as shag carpeting. Switch them out for new, efficient, white lighting. Not only will you save money on your energy bills, but the white lighting will help brighten and improve the overall appearance of your living room as well as make the space look larger and cleaner.
In addition to inefficient lighting, old accessories in your living space can add decades to its age. If you’re looking for a more modern motif, take a look at the accessories and small furnishings you’ve added to your room, some are likely easy to change out. Old lamps can be replaced with new floor lights. Swap out those scratched, wooden end tables with new glass or metal pieces. Both glass and metal add an element of modernism to any space. If you have a centerpiece on your coffee table, try replacing it with an eye-catching Bonsai plant, sculpture, or candle.
A fresh coat of paint can completely change the way a room looks, and your living room is no exception. If you’ve already implemented great lighting and new décor, a splash of paint might be another great option to choose. You can either paint all the living room walls a bold new color or create an accent wall for a subtler change. If you find your living room is on the drab side due to discolored wall paint, there’s no time like the present to spruce it up with color. Painting a room is relatively easy and inexpensive, so DIYing this project is readily possible.
Rugs are a great way to change the look of a room without putting in the time and money it takes to redo an entire floor. You might already have an area rug in your living space, but if it no longer ties the room together, it might be time for a new one. Rugs wear out relatively quick, especially in high-traffic areas, so replacing a dingy old rug with a fresh, colorful one is a great way to add a little more life to your home. Also, unlike carpets, an area rug is easy to clean, without having to invest in a carpet shampooer.
Modernizing your living room can be accomplished in a variety of ways, from inexpensive and simple, to costlier and more complex. It’s up to you to decide which methods of modernizing you’d like to employ in your space. For more on modernizing your living room, take a look at this article.
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