New year, new decade, new home. Right? If there was ever a time to give your home a make-over, the revival of the rip-roaring twenties is it. But if tackling the whole house seems a little daunting, take it in stages and start with the heart of the home first – the living room. It’s the room you and your family spend the most time together, and the space most often frequented by guests. If your lounge decor doesn’t reflect your style and vibe, you’re not going to want to while away your hours there. So, to help you bring your living area into the new decade, we’ve put together five ways you can update your decor.
UPDATE YOUR LOUNGE DECOR USING OUR TOP 5 TIPS:
DRESS YOUR WINDOWS
First thing’s first, it’s time to swap your old, outdated curtains for modern new blinds. While your drapery may have been in vogue ten years ago, we’re in a new decade, and that calls for a fresh, clean-cut look. There’s no simpler way to achieve a sleek, stylish window than with quality blinds. After all, aren’t you tired of forever tying back and untying the curtains, which never look as picture-perfect as the inspiration photo in your favourite design magazine? Blinds remove all the hassle, while maintaining the elegance of your lounge decor. (Explore our vast range of blinds to get your living room make-over started.)
PICK A NEW WALL COLOUR
It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do for a room. Giving the walls a new coat is one of the easiest, although maybe not quickest, ways to update your lounge decor. Over time, no matter how often you wipe them down, walls tend to become scuffed and dirty, especially if you opted for a light colour. Even if you don’t want to change the colour of your walls, repainting will do wonders for the overall cleanliness of your lounge. But, if you are ready to leave your comfort zone, be sure to pick up a selection of swatches and match them to your room before picking up your paintbrush. If you’re undecided, choose your central lounge decor first and then find a complementary wall colour. It’s easier to mix up paint to match your couch than find a couch that works with your preferred shade of fuschia.
REARRANGE THE FURNITURE
Speaking of couches, you wouldn’t believe the breath of fresh air a simple furniture shuffle can bring to your living space. In fact, this is a great place to start if you don’t have the time or money to do a full room redesign. If you, like everyone else at some point in their lives, have pushed all the couches against the walls and plonked a coffee table in the centre of the room to create space, now is the time to reevaluate. Laying your living area out in this manner only puts the flow off balance.
Bring the furniture in from the wall, and group your chairs in a U-shape around a coffee table, or across from one another to create an inviting balance and intimacy. Always make sure to select the room’s focal point first, and arrange your furniture in a way that’s easy to navigate around. There’s nothing worse than having to clamber around furniture because it’s placed directly in a walkway.
TAKE TIME TO DECLUTTER
You know what they say, less is more – especially when it comes to refreshing your lounge decor. If, over the past decade, you’ve accumulated a multitude of knick-knacks, and placed them all in your lounge, now would be a good time to put some in storage. There’s nothing like clutter to make a room look untidy. The best place to start is with any items that no longer match your colour scheme. Next, you should take a long hard look at your shelves. Avoid trying to cram too much onto one surface. Ideally, you want to create an attractive balance between decor and negative space. The overall feel of your lounge will immediately feel calmer once you’ve organised your clutter.
ADD A FEW STATEMENT PIECES
Last but not least, you can spruce up your lounge decor with a few choice embellishments. An area rug, for example, ties your whole room together, adding a cosy warmth. Before you buy, measure your room to ensure you find the right size rug. It should be large enough for the furniture to sit on top while leaving 25 to 50 centimetres of floor between the rug and wall. Too small, and your room will feel disjointed. Don’t forget to hang a few of your favourite artworks and photographs on the walls, either.
There you have it, five simple (and do-able) lounge decor ideas anyone can accomplish. Are you ready to give your living room a fresh new look? Start with the windows. We have an extensive range of quality blinds at affordable prices. Explore our ready-made options, or find a store and chat to one of our consultants about our custom-made collections.