Transform Your Living Room With Various Color & Lighting

Transform Your Living Room With Various Color & Lighting

Living rooms feel old to. Furniture wears out, paint fades and what were once trendy now dates you. But an entire room renovation can often be pricey. Fear not; hope is on the way. Take these effortless and affordable steps to transform your living room:

Choose Light and Bright

Your choice of living room color will significantly affect how you, your family and guests feel in the space. A living room should have a cozy, welcoming feel to it. This usually isn’t accomplished by dark colors, as popular as they are in today’s world of decor. Darkness encloses a space, making it appear smaller. Choose a lighter, more appealing color scheme, as this will enrich your living room. Yellow, tan, emerald and peach can help make your living room look bright and airy. If you want to include dark colors, use them as accents for candles, rugs and wall decorations.

Paint a Sample Size

Before finalizing your choice of paint color, get samples of three colors you’re considering and paint a small portion of a wall with each one. Make sure to paint a wall that gets plenty of natural sunlight. Often the fluorescent lighting at hardware stores and artificial light at home distorts the true tones of paint. Always look at it in natural sunlight before buying some (sometimes pricey) buckets.

Rearrange the Furniture

Consider ways to rearrange your living room to make it a contemporary feel. If you don’t need to change any furniture, use slip covers or reupholster the fabric to change the look. If you want to move the focal point away from the TV or fireplace, paint an accent wall and attach artwork or a large mirror. Angle furniture and lighting to highlight this new focus.

Address the Windows

Consider a change. Replace old shades with sheer grommet curtains or consider removing all window treatments and leaving the windows bare. Use crown molding and painted paneling to draw attention to the windows. Consider decorative film or colored glass for an added, fascinating detail that doesn’t sacrifice privacy.

Look Up

The ceiling is one of the most overlooked aspects of any room. Inevitably, the white coloring will fade. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to liven it up. If you’re feeling adventurous, buy or create a stencil and paint a pattern on your ceiling. Even if, you don’t use flashing or contrasting colors a subtle detail on the ceiling can add depth and beauty.

Update the Ceiling Fan

For an inexpensive quick fix, change out the blades on your fan if they’ve become tired, dusty or rusty. Or, if it’s in the budget, get a new ceiling fan. Add a light kit with a dimmer to renovate the area and set the tone for all occasions.

Strategic Lamp Placement

Lighting is the key to a cozy living room when natural sunlight no longer suffices. Purchase $5 table and floor lamps at flea markets or thrift shops and upcycle them with paint to fit into your decor. Place them on side tables next to furniture or in the room’s corners to allow for a cozy feel after dark.

 

 

Amanda Peters

A kindergarten teacher and grant writer for children’s art programs, Amanda loves sharing her craft ideas and tips on how to be more sustainable.

Comments

  1. Jenna Wood says:

    Sometimes rearranging the furniture is all it takes- but I do love to pick out paint samples!

  2. Great tips! I am decorating-challenged so this is good info for me to tuck away.

  3. Great ideas! I need to keep these tips in mind for my new place.

  4. these are great tips! i need to transform out living room 🙂

  5. This is fantastic! I need to transform a few different rooms. We made big changes in our livingroom which have really helped. We followed a lot of your tips and it’s made a big difference.

  6. These are great tips. I always love finding easy ways to redecorate my home that doesn’t break the bank!

  7. We removed our ceiling fan and then put in the light fixture from our foyer. What an elegant difference that made!

  8. I know changing ceiling fan made a huge difference for us

  9. What great tips. I need to transform my living room!

  10. Great tips! I seem to move furniture around in our living room every couple of years. lol I get bored with it quit often.

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