When you look at your living room, do you feel like you have stepped back in time? Are you satisfied with your living room set up? The living room is where you entertain your guests during short visits or long reunions. It should be comfortable. It should project the kind of image you want your guests to take home.
Upgrading your living room should be done when you are financially stable. A good time to consider the renovations are when your children have finished school or if you do not have children, when you have the time to set aside. Here is a list of the five things you might want to change to change your overall living room:
1. Refurbish your couch
Besides carpet and wallpaper, furniture could appear dated as well, especially when they were considered “trendy” when they were first bought. You can make the most of what you have and refurbish it instead. By changing the leather’s colour or texture, you can have a completely different look.
2. Say goodbye to dated carpet and wallpaper
Carpet and wallpaper don’t age very well; one way to upgrade your living room is vinyl wood flooring. It gives off the luxurious image of hardwood floors without the high maintenance quality. Its light gloss brightens the overall room.
Vinyl floors are also very easy to clean. When you have last minute guests come over, a light sweep is enough to achieve a visitor worthy living room.
3. Change your accessories like your curtains and throw pillows
Upgrading your living room is also about taking away anything that is patched and faded. Replacing small things like a throw pillow case, the fabric of the curtains, and any coaster/doily is an excellent way of changing the overall mood and atmosphere. Changing your accessories are not clear upgrades like the change of floor and reupholstered furniture. If anything, they tie everything together.
4. Replace your old picture frames
Replacing your old picture frames is most of a side suggestion, especially for those who bought on a whim. Gold-painted scrolls and coloured acrylic don’t translate very well with the whole concept of upgrading. Try to find frames that match your new style.
5. Repaint your walls
Repainting your walls is an age-old trick in getting a new look. If you previously had wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint makes a world of a difference. Select colours that contrast nicely with your furniture to create depth in your room.
Add your personal touches to the magazines and books to put on the coffee table, the flowers in the vase, and in the photos, you chose to display. Upgrading your living room is about making a statement about who you are and what you value. Every piece should be a conversation starter in case of new people and awkward silences. However, in addition to it being a statement, you should feel comfortable in it. No need to go overboard.