Five Easy Ways to Update Your Living Room for 2016  

In case a thorough or partial living room makeover is on your list of changes for this year (and it definitely should be), you will have to make quite a few tough choices and decisions soon. But what if you are still uncertain as to what and how to modify your living room to make it more appealing? Fret not – we have five suggestions here on how to spruce up your living room décor and turn your family’s favorite room into a place of relaxation, style and comfort.

1. Define your Living Room with an Area Rug

If your living room floors are bare or you have old, shabby carpeting that has lost its appeal, add an area rug to freshen up the ambiance and organize the space into visually separate units. A carefully selected area rug will freshen up the room far more efficiently than a handful of colorful accessories – and the best thing is, you can use it even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. Depending on the room color scheme, you can buy a tasteful monochromatic mat in a light tone that will instantly brighten up the atmosphere. If you want to add visual interest and liven up plain décor, however, pick an area rug with a geometrical print with shapes in contrasting tones.

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Area Rugs Create Softness and Frame Furniture

2. Add Style with Modern Window Blinds

Another easy trick to revamp your living room look, modern window blinds will add a note of style to your décor while at the same time keeping out intense sunlight and nosy parkers. On top of boosting privacy and creating a snug atmosphere, contemporary shades and blinds are much easier to maintain and they also have a longer lifespan than regular curtains and drapes. In case you are not sure as to which type would go best with your room look (e.g. Venetian blinds, Roman shades, vertical or horizontal blinds), you can find discount blinds online and pick window shades that complement your room in terms of colour, texture and furnishing materials.

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Add Modern Roman Shades or Blinds

3. Add Something Living

A popular 2015 décor trend likely to hang around in the year to come, use of living elements such as potted plants, terrariums, flowers and herbs will add a fresh note to your living room. On top of its stylistic features, plants are also an extremely healthy addition to any indoor area as they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, thus improving the quality of the air you breathe and boosting your focus and mental capacities.

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Add Plants to your Room

4. Use Art to Create a Focal Point in the Room

Transform a plain wall into a focal point in the room by decking it with artistic details such as paintings, vintage mirrors or inspiring photos. Accent walls offer an affordable and easy way to add visual interest to your living room, and they also allow you to be creative and add a personal touch to your space.

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Add Interest to your Walls by Grouping Artwork

5. Improve Lighting

Make the year ahead a time of light and positivity by upgrading your living room lighting. You can do this by adding a chandelier to your shabby chic room, installing dimmer switches or getting a couple of vivid lampshades. When choosing new lamps, go after the ones with sturdy bases and colourful shades that will create a romantic ambiance and add vibrancy to the room.

If you feel like your home could use a change, you are probably right. Do not start the year to come with old décor – the biggest changes start off small. A living room makeover may be the easiest way to kick off 2016 with a fresh attitude to life.

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About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne with a lot of different interests in life. She and her husband love DIY projects and design. You can also contact her at her Twitter account.

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