The living room seems like it would be the most fun to decorate in the entire house, but for me it’s been a bit of a challenge. I think there is a lot of pressure on the living room. It’s one of the first big rooms you see in our house and I feel like it tells your design story more than any other room. When we were finishing our basement we purchased the couch below and I really like it because it’s pretty transitional, which is what I was looking for. I wanted a classic silhouette that would stand the test of time and something on the lighter side since we already have a pair of brown leather couches. (Trust me we have scotch -guarded them 10x over.) My living room is painted Accessible Beige so I had been looking for light and bright living room pinspiration, but also images that had some edge.
Right now, our current living room set up is pictured below, it gets the job done but just doesn’t have the design element I feel represents us. It’s about half way there. I’ve been scowering the internet and have come up with a few small changes that I really think will shift the look of the room, giving it a much more dramatic impact.
1. Changing out the lampshade-I think that the lampshades get lost in all the neutral that is this room. I think buy changing out a white lampshade with a black one, it’s really going to give the eye somewhere to go.
2. Adding a darker throw-will continue to add a pop of color.
3. Non-symmetrical lighting-I’m over symmetry. I use to think it would bother me and my OCD to not have proper balance, but I’m realizing more and more that adding in a little depth to a room does wonders. I’m going to toss one of the end tables for a floor lamp. The Ikea pendant we got for Oliver’s play area is just too good, so I’d like to purchase the same model type floor lamp upstairs in our living room.
4. Mix and Match Pillows-I really do like the Paisley pillows (that must be the southern part of me coming out) and so instead of trying to find another place for them, I’m going to incorporate these great purple velvet pillows to give the couch so varying color. The material of the pillows gives it a modern edge that is somewhat dramatic without being super heavy.
5. Adding texture-By swapping out the end table we have had forever with something like this tribal drum accent table, I think it will not only give the room a more current vibe, but also give the room some much needed texture.
6. Bringing in trendy elements-It’s been hard not to jump on all the major design trends right now when it comes to furniture. I don’t have the time or money to be consistently updating our decor in the house and so I’m trying to build a strong foundation where we can easily swap out smaller items that allow us to feel like we are giving homeage to whatever trend is currently taking place.
7 & 8. Bringing in the nature!-There is something about house plants that just instantly pick up a room. Buy adding in some apothecary jars, terrariums and more plants, of varying heights, I think the room will immediately come to life!