You know the importance of quality furniture in the living room. Strong, durable pieces that are built to last have the potential to remain in your home for a lifetime. But while you might have a few reliable furnishings that you never change, you can easily swap your home décor to give the room a fresh, new look whenever you feel the need to make a change.
It could be for seasonal purposes — there’s nothing like brightening up your home with festive accents for the holidays — or just because you’re craving a new look. Think of it as a way to make a statement. Just as you may have a personalized doormat on the front step, you can also breathe new life into your home by changing things up every now and then. Here are a few décor ideas to consider.
It’s easy to get caught up in clutter, especially if you live in a busy household. Kids have a tendency to leave their toys strewn around, pet toys might litter the floor, and it’s likely that quite a few of your own items are scattered through the living room, too. If you don’t have a thoughtful organization process in place, you might want to implement one that offers some decorative value at the same time.
For example, placing a few attractive storage baskets in the room is an easy way to efficiently make more sense of the cluttered chaos. Use them to store everything from toys in the corner of the room to magazines that might otherwise collect on the coffee table. Doing that will also force you to be mindful of what’s inside. Since storage baskets only offer so much space, you won’t have the capacity to overfill them without causing a new source of clutter.
Decorative throw pillows are among the easiest accents that you can use in the home. They work well in any space, including the living room. What better way to give your couch and chairs a makeover? You don’t have to think about making large-scale changes that might be too time-consuming and costly. The addition of a light and colorful pillow can change the look of the room dramatically!
During the holiday season, add a few festive styles to the room to infuse it with a jolt of holiday cheer. Place some fragrant potpourri or a red flower arrangement in the center of the table to serve as a focal point and to complement the pillows. At other times of the year, you may want to try lighter shades, like pastel tones. Those can look especially striking if you have a dark-colored sofa, or one that’s awash in rich, dramatic upholstery. Try a patterned style in a room that’s relatively laid-back and understated if you want to infuse it with a pop of color. This is a great trick when you have company coming over and want to dress up the space just enough!
For a cozy, warm, and welcoming touch, nothing compares to the comfort of a throw blanket. This versatile piece is available in a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns, and you can select from soft and plush materials like cotton, wool, and fleece. Depending on the season, you might favor one type over another. It’s worth investing in a couple of different colors so that you always have something appropriate on hand to drape over the living room couch or to add to a chair.
More than just eye-catching and decorative, throw blankets are also ideal for keeping you comfortable on those unexpectedly brisk nights. You can even use them to add a colorful accent to a neutral couch — it will look brilliant draped over the bank or folded over the side of a chair in that case. And during the summer months, a lighter color will introduce a hint of seasonal charm to your living room. It’s simple to experiment with different styles, and you’ll be grateful for the comfort when it cools down outside.
During the holiday season, you have excuses galore to go a little overboard with your decorating dreams. Why not take advantage of the season’s beautiful colors to introduce something fresh and festive to your home? One of the most charming additions to the living room is a needlepoint stocking.
Suspended from the mantle, they’ll add a pretty and eye-catching touch to the room. Customize them with everyone’s names, and opt for styles that are decorated with traditional holiday elements that resonate with the season. Now is the time to embrace those boughs of holly and snowflakes! Let these drive your seasonal decorating schemes. By spring, you’ll be ready to swap them for something light and refreshing, like a plant. By taking advantage of different accents throughout the year, your living room will always be full of life.