We’ve all been there – keeping on investing and investing but still not getting the ‘wow’ factor from our living room. The truth is, as a focal place in each home, the living room is certainly the most important room in your home.
As the name itself says, it is where life happens. From those happy TV moments to those amazing naps and even more amazing guest gatherings, your living room should be the coziest, most functional and yet perfectly luxurious place that wows everyone from a first glance.
So, how do you do that?
If you thought buying an expensive sofa and adding a nice wall are enough, you are most definitely wrong. In most of the cases, the luxurious look of a living room happens in the details. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend loads of money on buying accessories.
Instead, just follow the tips that we are sharing below and make sure to implement the ones that seem fit for your living room.
1.The Layered Lighting Concept
As you probably know, lightning is one of the most important concepts in every living room. In fact, there are certain lighting types for opening up space and ones for closing it. Similarly, there are lighting options that add depth to the room and make it more comfortable.
The best way to choose a light and not have to empty your wallet is to go glamorous on your lighting – by purchasing an entire living room lamp set and positioning the lamps in every corner or table.
According to designers, you can also hang a great pendant light or place candles in reflective containers. The main idea is to place the lighting next to furniture arrangements and in that way, update your space without bearing the cost of completely rewiring a wall.
2. Purchase Textiles To Add Warmth To Your Furniture
Great-looking textiles made from famous designers or bought from quality stores can definitely make your living room look expensive. This is hands down one of the easiest and best ways to dress up a room.
You can start with pillows and play with designs (pattern pillows are always a win) – but make sure to get the right combination and get them on a discount. In most of the quality stores, even pillows are expensive. This is why some people try hitting up their local fabric stores where they can find beautiful scraps for a discounted price (from 60% to 90% off).
3. Buy Curtains That Hit The Floor
If you are a fan of long curtains, now is the best time to invest in a new set – preferably one that hits the floor. This will create a visual illusion and make your living room bigger while adding instant luxe factor to it.
Just make sure to measure the windows before buying (ending up with draperies that are short creates the vice-versa effect) or make your own on the cheap. Just pick up a sheer and lightweight cotton fabric and take it to your tailor! This way, you will get beautiful and billowy drapes for less than $100.
4. Invest In Large Paintings And Art
The oversized and attention-grabbing piece of art is what in most of the cases, makes a living room bright, luxurious and elegant. At the same time, it is what sparks conversation and captivates the living space with a cool and luxe feel.
However, instead of hiring an artist to design something along with your colors or visiting (expensive) art stores, you can do a little search online and find affordable massive paintings for your living room in every color and size. Even if that means a collage of more photos aligned in parallel.
And if you like to try things yourself, visit your local art supply store and get a giant canvas. Then, search for inspiration with your brush – and amaze everyone who sees the art in your living room.
5. Texture Is A Must
If you are in doubt about any of your living room decor items, there is one spot-on rule – to mix things up. According to many design experts, incorporating a variety of woods, glass, metals and woven materials can give you a look that is well collectd and not matchy-matchy.
The feeling of comfy wool pillows sitting on your sofa, a silk velvet accessories, a pair of wooden chairs and quality leather textures are something unmistakeable which you may not see – but every guest can feel.
If you are on a budget, you can toss a faux fur blanket or pillows on your couch, invest in some leather chairs with fun pillows in knit cases or incorporate a brass accent pieces on your wooden coffee table.
6. The King-Size Rug No One Will Fail To Notice
Sure, your kids cannot play ‘the floor is a lava’ with this one. However, a massive rug over a smaller can help you accent the beauty of your living room and make it more luxe and elegant. When the room feels bigger and airer thanks to the rug, you will feel more expensive, according to designers.
One of the best options for this trick are jute rugs. They can often be found at discounts and are the perfect alternative to small (and expensive) rugs. Plus, they offer texture – which perfectly aligns with the previous trick.
7. Use Metallic Accessories And Accents
Using a metallic desk clock, a pedestal table or any decorative accent in metallic is proven to add wattage to any room. In your living room, metallic elements can help and spice up your fancy ambiance while adding a bit of glitz and glam.
Using metallic accessories perfectly aligns with industrial-style homes and hip motives. You can even opt out for a metallic wall mural or light fixtures with metal finishes to complement the entire industrial motive.
8. Replace Your Moldings Or Add New Ones
Moldings are another easy way to make your home feel more expensive and luxurious. They really help when improving your home’s architecture. The good thing here is that you don’t really have to knock down any walls. Instead, you can replace them with something thicker in order to achieve an elegant and exquisite look.
The idea is to spend less and get a design that will improve the interior and give your walls more charm and character. For the best results, you can hire a professional and get the cutting of baseboards and walls done in the best way possible.
9. Add A Statement Chair
A statement chair that stands out from your furniture is a symbol of quality and adds certain character and charm. It will easily become the focal point in your living room and a design piece that everyone will notice. In many homes, chairs are what elevates the entire space and gives the room a better perspective.
10. Buy A Mirror That Elevates The Space
Light and space are the two elements that drive the cost of expensive homes. So, instead of closing up your living room by using dark paint and motives, light up the space and fake more of than you actually have by investing in a top-quality mirror.
Position your mirror on a wall where it can be seen and where it can reflect the daily brightness. Luxe mirrors are really a trend in 2018.
11. Camouflage Your Television
We all know that camouflaged TVs are not only a trend – they are a symbol of sophisticated luxury in every living space. A black TV placed front and center ‘hidden’ around mirrors or wall styles visually minimizes the presence of your screen. This makes your room even more comfortable and transforms your living room to a gallery.
Speaking of which, you can create a gallery wall or salon-style art arrangements around your TV. The frame will blend around them and won’t distract your eyes.
12. Choose A Wallpaper For Your Accent Wall
Wondering how to create an accent wall in your living room? Or more like – which wall to choose for the wallpaper?
Well, it should basically be the wall that is not too present – but still there. A well-chosen wallpapered accent will certainly add depth and richness to your living room, making it more cozy and sweet.
13. Never Underestimate The Power Of A Book Collection
Have a lot of books – but not a library?
Relax, your personal library can take place in your living room. All you need is a set of nice shelves that won’t take much space and will be in perfect contrast with your living room decor. If you are an avid reader, this is the best way to design a living room that matches your personality.
14. Incorporate A Sculpture
One sculpture can make a big difference to your living room if chosen well. Not only it will add up to the entire museum-like experience, it will perfectly align with the modern patterns, interesting shapes or unique silhouettes present in your living room. However, there are many different sculptures of animals, people and motives that are correlated with different meanings – so choose wisely.
If you are an artistic person yourself, this can be a great way to show some appreciation for someone and get the best sculpture according to your taste. For starters, all you need is a sculpture stand – also known as laminate pedestal.
15. Be Practical And Design With Functionality In Mind
Last but not the least is a tip you should know as a guide to choosing each and every element, accessory or decoration for your living room. Instead of practicing the “if it fits, I sits” rule, make sure to choose each product wisely and have a lot of other things in mind besides the product itself. For example, how easy it is to clean it – or how easily you can move/replace it.
Whether it’s a furniture sofa or a wall mural, there are things which can make or break a living room in terms of its functionality or the comfort which is after all the most important thing to look for.
A Final Word
In the end, while all of these ideas can help you organize your living room well – you should definitely not take each of them for granted and guide on all of them. If done in such way, your living room will become cluttered and unappealing.