A living room where the family stays together and have some social contact, sharing information and emotions of the day. It is where the family settles in a sofa with a bowl of popcorn, while feet placed on the coffee table to watch period films on TV. For others, it is just for welcoming long lost friends, or special visitors, or it is more an adults only zone talking serious matters. No matter how your living rooms look in a matter of size and design, here are some of the clever ideas to transform your living room to suit your lifestyle – from money-saving chair fabrics to indestructible ottomans.
Cluster of contrasting art to form a gallery wall. Do some improvements of a plain wall by hanging a hodgepodge of paintings, photos, and prints. In a core group, they look as one pattern of direction.
Two small tables = one great coffee table. When you make some adjustment in the dining area, you can easily scout two small tables compare to a big piece of furniture as you want them to be placed in the side or front of a sofa, or maybe you can take out the other one paving the way for extra floor space.
Presence of side table of any type or design. Power your imagination beyond the ordinary options available. Even a drum from a flea market can be used as side table which can hold books and magazines or objects which an ordinary table would do.
Position a plants near the window. Plants facilitate the friendly setting of the area by bringing the outside in. The windows look less bare even without the curtain hanging in the space as plants will do some filling of the gaps.
Put your vintage collections on a blank wall. Lucky you if you have those vintage stamps collected for years as your hobby. You can place them in a blank wall by placing the stamps with colored paper and placing them inside a cluster of shadow box frames to add appreciation to visitors. The showcase also a prized collection – coins, skeleton keys, or cute vintage toys, and other miniature collection overseas.
Art need not be to be hung. If you have a collection of painting materials you can lean them on the table to make it look perfectly casual, instead of nailing it on the wall. Bonus: no nail, no commitment.
Draperies are the nicest way to introduce a pattern. Because they’re so long, drapes give you a lot of style for your buck. Semi-sheer panels make a print seem slightly subtle and let in plenty of light.
Draw all in with a palette. Accessories and fabrics in one color family – like blue and purple – will make neutral furniture look anything but.
Blanket can be upholstered in a chair. The blanket adds a taste to a chair experimenting different design and colors like a vintage Swiss Army blanket on the back and seat and a striped pink version on the arms.
Wallpaper add life to the setting. A dark wallpaper could have overwhelmed the room even it covers only one wall. Wallpaper of any color can be full of fun and excitement because it will drastically change the living room tone of accent.
If you’re in love about the design, repeat it. Aside from the wall, you can wrap the same wallpaper around lampshades for double the impact. Just keep the lamp bases simple.
You can hang painting lower. While 60 inches from midpainting to the floor is standard, still you can adjust the painting lower, and there is no rule that says you can’t hang artwork lower. You can appreciate much the painting if you are sitting on the sofa while looking at it with ease.
Get thrifty with fabrics. Love a pricey material? Use it on just the back of a chair, then cover the rest with a lower-priced option, like solid linen.
Art doesn’t have to cost a bundle. A humble pegboard gets the masterpiece treatment when painted an array of colors. You could do the same with a piece of corkboard or plywood.
Give an old chair with a modern look. Graphic black and white fabric relaunch your antique chair into a modern structure in your living room.
Suspend a sculpture. If you’re tight on floor space, mount a cool piece of art – this one is iron bike sculpture – from chains fastened to the ceiling.
Don’t avoid light leather. It’s surprisingly durable, and marks and scuffs can be cleaned right off with leather wipes. Black leather recliners, for example, perfectly matching any living room.
Love vintage signs? Make your own. It’s easier than you think. This one is crafted from painted pine boards and store-bought metal letters.
Create a winning pillow formula. Works every time: two sets of patterned pillows flanking one “just for fun” pick.
Embrace rattan -indoors. Both rattan and wicker feel beach cottagey, especially when painted white like these chairs.
It is better to have a dressed-up dresser than to have a console. A living room can ignite a conversation if you have that bedroom staple with a chevron pattern.
Slipcover must be present in all sofa. Bleachable slipcover has of great help against dark spots and stains in all your white sofa, so this thing will keep your worries away in your living room for the years to come.
Frame a sail. Even landlubbers will appreciate its eye-catching colors and cool graphic design. This one was found at a flea market.
Added small cotton mats. Piling another three small cotton mats to soften floors and avoid scratch in your carpet.