A new year, a new me. Or so the saying goes. But what about your house or apartment? You need a new, fresh look to match your own new fabulous makeover. This can be difficult if you find yourself slightly lacking in inspiration, but the best place to start is with your living room, the centre of your home and the one spot that can pull your entire house together.
Many people watch television in their living rooms, so look out for a television sale with smart TV specials. A smart TV sale will allow you to find the perfect television to complement your interior design. Once you have found the perfect television from the many TV specials in South Africa, such as a 55-inch smart LED option, you can move on to looking at the overall look and feel of the space. Not sure where to start? Read on below for some top tips on making over your living room for the new year.
Focus on a feature wall
Feature walls are gaining popularity in the world of interior decor. A feature wall is a wall that you choose in your living room which you will paint a contrasting or complementary colour to the rest of the walls. For example, you could paint the wall behind your television and sound bars in a dark navy blue to contrast the light grey of your couches.
Your feature wall could have wall art on it or you could install shelves with different knick-knacks on display. If you are a bookworm, use this feature wall as a bookshelf to display your unique collection of books. Paint floating shelves in the same colour as the wall to create the illusion of books suspended in mid-air. You could create a cluster of mirrors for a unique aesthetic in a modern room. Your feature wall can be as simple or as quirky as you want it to be.
Add a new rug
A new rug can help to update your room immensely, and it is a fairly simple addition to your living room. A rug should never be too small, as it will make the space feel cramped. But, if it is too large and paired with small furniture, your living room will look disorganised and unpleasant to the eye.
Choose a rug that enhances the rest of the room. For example, if you have a modern monotone living room, opt for a brightly coloured or patterned rug. If you have a quirky, eclectic space, a plainer and more subdued rug is the answer. Your furniture should fit easily around the rug and should be placed on the edges, not leaving gaps between the feet of the couches and the edging of the rug.
Be creative with colour
Injecting a pop of colour into your living room is one effective way to ring in the new year. You could start with a bright colour, such as a lime green rug then contrast this with a charcoal wall. Add more lime green accents to the feature wall to pull the look together.
If you prefer a more relaxing feel, opt for pastel blues and greens for your colour palette. Don’t be afraid to play with colour, and mixing and matching patterns can look fabulous when done right. A purple coffee table can be enhanced with turquoise scatter cushions on a black couch for balance. For those following the minimalism trend, inject small key pieces of art in bright colours to bring visual interest to the room.
Opt for organisation
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make over a room is to clean it and organise it. You should start with any shelves in your living room that look a little overcrowded with random souvenirs or knick-knacks. If you cannot bear to get rid of anything, spend some time arranging them into interesting vignettes.
Functional furniture is another way to introduce organisation to your living room. You could look for ottomans that double as storage for magazines and blankets for chilly winter evenings to free up more space in a smaller room. TV stands can also be used to store DVDs and even some knick-knacks. Be sure to keep your coffee table neat and tidy, or you could buy a magazine caddy to keep next to your couch for easy storage.
Let your creativity fly
When decorating your living room or giving it a makeover, you should never limit your creativity. If you want a bright and cheery room, choose colours such as yellow and coral. For those who want to feel more relaxed, a palette of navy and pastel green might just do the trick. Or you could choose the modern monotone look and stick to dove grey and off-white with a few splashes of colour. Remember to find a rug that fits the floor perfectly and opt for neatness and organisation for a clean and polished look.