The center of a house is its living room and how can a living room be lively when its furniture isn’t heartwarming? Have furniture in the middle, spread some rugs and have a coffee table. That seems to be a step towards the living direction.
Every living room has a focal point. It’s the spot that begs attention when we first enter the room. Designers Alison Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta of The Elegant Abode suggest starting there. “Make sure you always start with a main focal point and begin placing furniture from there,” says Vanderpool. “Don’t be afraid to have your furniture placed in the middle of the room. A decent-sized area rug will ground it and create a more comfortable feeling.”
Ottomans, coffee tables, occasional tables and other portable surfaces lend the room a congenial atmosphere, ensuring that there’s always a surface nearby for a book, drink, lamp, tray or vase. These are the pieces that catch all of our stuff — the worthwhile things that engage us and encourage us outside the rush of day-to-day commitments.
You might not have a lot of money in the bank to buy new furniture. So why not try working with what you have? It is all about mixing and matching plus a touch of creativity.
If you have a traditional bedroom set with nightstands and matching dresser, perhaps put the nightstands in another bedroom to mix up the set. Or paint the nightstands or the dresser in a fun color to lighten the overall mood, and you can keep the bed as it is! You’ll save yourself money and effort and your room will be fantastic.
Often times we equate “lighten up our style” with doing away with the old and bringing in new lighter or more trendy pieces. I actually think incorporating what you already have and embracing a mixture of styles, including wood furniture and painted traditional pieces and a variety of colors, textures and patterns, is often a braver and more interesting design choice because it requires you to stretch your creativity (and your budget!) in new ways.
With great furnishing ideas your home can be anything that you want it to be. You can blend modern and traditional plus use natural elements. You can really outdo yourself with these creative ideas.
- An Aquarium Bed
- Chandelier That Turns Your Room into a Forest
- Indoor-Outdoor Pool
- Swing Set Table
- Beach Sand Under Your Work Desk
- Spiral Staircase Slide