Amateur of the minimalist style or true passion of decoration, the development and the renovation of the living room are necessary. Indeed, this room is intended for the reception of guests, moments of relaxation at the end of the day or cocooning evenings. Tips for renovating without investing a heavy budget.
Before tackling the decor
Before touching the decoration of the living room, decluttering the room is the first thing to do. In this perspective, it is necessary to remove any useless object such as:
- Newspapers or magazines dusty;
- Cushions in bad condition;
- Frayed curtains;
- Unstable furniture;
- The trinkets or broken lamps;
- Board games with missing pieces.
The second step consists of sorting, storing useful accessories and throwing out superfluous objects.
Get rid of heavy and bulky furniture: prefer ottomans that replace chairs for a more spacious room – © Muuto
It is difficult to change the decor and atmosphere if the living room is overloaded. To save space, it is better to get rid of heavy and bulky furniture. The freedom of movement in the room will be improved and there will be more space for decoration. In a small lounge, the poufs will replace the armchairs while a buffet will take the place of the cabinet. The larger the room, the more comfortable, soothing and pleasant it will be.
Renovate the furniture
The paint is a good option to bring a fresh touch to the remaining furniture. Just choose a color and paint:
- The coffee table;
- The chairs ;
- Storage furniture.
Repainting furniture is a simple and inexpensive way to renovate it – © Rust Oleum
It is also necessary to think of giving again brightness to the old sofa. How to modernize a sofa with worn fabric? By concealing small defects under a cover removable and washable. If the leather is cracked, cover the sofa with a plaid. To enjoy a pleasantly soft sitting, multiply multicolored cushions. The professionals also rely on the shape of the furniture to give a facelift to the show:
- A straight sofa with ottomans or an armchair;
- A round coffee table or original shape;
- Corner furniture.
To modernize old armchairs: change fabrics, dye them occasionally and add colorful cushions – © Ideal
Play on the colors
Use paint or wallpaper
To renovate the living room without demolishing everything, you must apply wallpaper or paint to the wall. The creation of contrasts of color brings, indeed, a touch of energy and dynamism to the interior decoration. Only, what wall to paint? Decoration professionals recommend covering the wall at the back of the living room. The number of shades allowed is limited to three to avoid overloading the decor.
Apply wallpaper on the walls to renovate the living room without demolishing everything – © Over colors
Choose the right color
The clear tones have the advantage of giving an impression of space to a room. They are therefore the best option to beautify a narrow living room. For a cozy atmosphere, it is possible to add a touch of dark hue on one or two walls.
Add colorful accessories
To break the sobriety of the floor and ceiling, nothing beats the colorful accessories:
- Cushions ;
- Lampshade ;
Multiply the cushions, add curtains and a carpet to break the sobriety of the living room – © Alinéa
The color chart offers a wide range of colors:
- Most vivid (red or fuchsia);
- In discreet tones (white, light gray, black);
- Going through the pastel colors (yellow or pale green).
The mix and match of motifs and the addition of accessories gleaned during a trip energize and personalize an interior that is too white – © Maisonemilienne
Replace the curtains
We also put on pretty curtains to sublimate the living room. They come in an infinity of fabrics and colors to satisfy all desires. It is recommended to focus on light and bright fabrics in a low-light living room. If instead the room is bright and spacious, cotton, velvet and linen are excellent choices.
Hang a mirror on the wall
A wall-mounted mirror will visually increase the area of the living room. Whenever possible, it’s best to choose an XXL mirror from the ceiling to the floor.
A mirror mounted on the wall or on a fireplace has the effect of visually increasing the surface of the living room – © Petite Friture – The Cool Republic
Optimize natural ventilation
The addition of potted plants or plant suspensions helps to improve the air quality in the living room. They bring color, but also a personal touch to the room. Here are some examples:
- The areca;
- The moon flower;
- Zamioculcas zamiifolia;
- Ficus benjamina;
- Birds of paradise;
Well light the living room
To create a cozy and friendly atmosphere in the living room, the lights are not lacking:
- Chandelier or ceiling lamp;
- Multicolored suspensions or lamppost equipped with a dimmer;
- Suspenders with lampshades to illuminate the corners of the living room;
- Table lamp near the sofa or television;
- Reading lamp to be placed next to the seats;
- Decorative wall lights;
- Ramp of spots;
- LED strips;
- Adjustable spots, recessed ceiling.
To illuminate the periphery of the living room thanks to false ceilings, it is possible to integrate luminous cornices. They diffuse a subdued light, adding a touch of romance in the room.
A suspension illuminates a specific area of the living room: to be placed above a table – © Bloomingville – The Cool Republic
What coating for the living room?
To get off the beaten track and avoid tiling, decorate the living room with grounds on the ground. The most suitable coatings are:
- PVC imitation concrete;
- The floor to arrange in the length of the room;
- The polished concrete.