If your living room looks like the “before” photo from a decorating article or reality home improvement show, you may have your work cut out for you. It may be hard to pinpoint just what it is that has your space stuck in a time warp, but here are 5 living room ideas to inspire you to bring your decor up to date.
No matter what color you paint your walls or how great that new area rug looks, your furniture is the first indication of how long it’s been since you decorated. Don’t just focus on the fabrics and shape — really evaluate how your current pieces work for you and your lifestyle. It may be that two chairs would work better on one wall instead of a loveseat, or you may prefer a storage ottoman to a cocktail table.
Wake Up The Walls
A new wall color acts as a face-lift for a dark room. Don’t feel like you have to go dark or bold just because you’re changing up the space. Soft, muted hues and complex neutrals such as warm greys provide just enough color to update a room without overwhelming it. These colors also allow you more flexibility with your choice of upholstery fabrics, window treatments, and accessories. Got grasscloth wallpaper or textured walls? Don’t despair, just paint them!
Update The Built-Ins
Many older rooms have unique features that add character and charm. Updating these areas can make a big impact. If your old orangey-colored brick fireplace is disrupting your color plan, paint the brick and the mantel. You can even paint the inside of the fireplace with a specialty paint suited for the job. Similarly, built-in bookshelves and recessed niches look great with a fresh coat of paint. Add even more interest with a contrasting color, pattern or wallpaper on the inside back panel.
Give your walls new life with bold graphic artwork or a timeless mirror in an elegant finish. Nothing looks more dated than a group of undersized family photos in mismatched frames that even when hung together are proportionately too small for the wall. If family photos are your artwork of choice, try creating a new grouping with a collection of frames that are related by shape, finish or details. Pay special attention to the scale of the overall grouping.
Accent With Accents
Use inexpensive accents such as small area rugs, unique table lamps and colorful accessories to add energy to a space. Fresh accents can take years off of a room, and there’s no easier way to liven up a beige or brown sofa than with colorful pillows.
New living room furniture can add comfort and style to the room in which you spend so much of your time. Whether you’re moving in to your first apartment in Atlanta or you want to update the décor at your home in Marietta, Woodstock Furniture Outlet is here to help you find the right pieces among our 80,000 square feet of inventory in top name brands like Broyhill, Lane, Ashley, Signature Design, and many more.
Drop by one of our home furniture showrooms today and let our friendly associates help you find the right living room furniture. Don’t forget to ask about our furniture clearance center!