Is your living room ready for a design shake-up? The humble center of a family home is making a comeback, so if it’s been a while since you’ve changed it, then it could be time for a refresh. You don’t have to tear down the walls to bring your room into 2017. Here are some easy ways to modernize your living space that won’t require a home renovation.
Install a statement light
Light fixtures, particularly on the ceilings, often get overlooked by people looking to redecorate their homes. A good light is like a crown jewel presiding over your living room, and a standout piece will make your home stylish and dramatic. By selecting an ultra-modern but tasteful pendant light or chandelier from an urban brand like Modern Forms, your living room will look razor sharp for years.
Use metallic elements
Metallics have been on-trend for a while, and it looks like it will remain a home interior staple for a while yet. This is a design element that’s most effective in small doses and can be introduced by bowls, decorative vases, or table lamps. Try to stick to one metal – soft, warm copper and brass are in, and industrial stainless steels are out – and use it sparingly, so don’t go overboard on the ‘bling’ effect.
Replace the curtains
Curtains are a relatively inexpensive way to add a big pop of color to your room and make your walls stand out. Take the opportunity to introduce an on-trend hue into your room. This year, designers are all about bright, zesty shades of green, particularly in tropical prints. If you prefer darker curtains, then go for the navy, the comeback kid which is dark enough to go with almost any wallpaper or paint without the sobriety of black.
Play with texture
This year, maximalism is king. Catch up with the latest interior design mags at home by mixing different textures into your living room. Throw down a chunky rug in a bold color to contrast polished floorboards, drape an animal hide over the back of your favorite armchair, and use bright patterned cushions with embroidery, ruffles, and a mix of fabrics to embrace the new design movement.
Give old furniture a second life
How often do we throw out things that don’t ‘work’ within our home, but are still perfectly functional? If your side tables or bookshelves are feeling a bit beaten up or a little out of fashion, then it’s time for a design refresh. Simple, chunky pieces of furniture can be repainted in a block color, and if you’re feeling bold, try stenciling a geometric design on the table legs or top – a monochromatic base color with a metallic finish will look on-trend and luxe. Traditional pieces of furniture can also be reworked. If you want to go darker, try a new wood stain. If you want to go lighter, try a coat of white paint with a soft touch of sandpaper for a shabby chic look.