If you’re a creative type, you’re the sort of person who is constantly looking for ways to improve the rooms in your home. But there’s one problem: when you’ve got kids there just isn’t enough time in the day to make your dreams a reality.
But is that really true?
It turns out that interior designers have a few tricks up their sleeve when they want to spruce up a room quickly, just in time for the guests to arrive. Here are some easy DIY ideas to get you started, straight from the pros.
Give Your Furniture Some Serious Space
Walk into the average home, and you’ll notice that the vast majority of the furniture is pushed up against the walls. Sure, the odd dining table and ottoman is brought into the center of the room, but other than that, most furniture is kept out of the way.
When it comes to aesthetics, this isn’t a good idea. If you take a look at any interior design magazine, you’ll notice that furniture is brought out from the edges and towards the center of the room in virtually all of them. There’s always approximately a foot of space between the chairs and the wall, and sometimes a lot more. The purpose of doing this is to show off the furniture while also giving the illusion of extra space. Thus, if your rooms will allow it, bring the furniture more towards the center, congregating, if possible, around a focal point, like a coffee table.
Add Pops Of Natural Colour
Adding pops of color by painting is a time-consuming and often expensive process. But one great way to spruce up a room almost instantaneously is to add a bouquet of flowers. A dozen roses in the corner will brighten up any room and get it ready for the summer. What’s more, flowers give off beautiful scents to freshen your home which is great when you’ve got a big family.
Create A Focal Point
The idea of creating a focal point in every room in the house has gained significant currency among designers of late. There’s a growing sense that rooms have to have a purpose, but giving them a purpose can be difficult.
There is, however, a relatively straightforward DIY solution. Take a look around local antique stores and car boot sales and see if you can find any old pieces of furniture that have potential as a focal point. You could choose practically anything – and people do – but the most common choices are tables, fireplaces or chandeliers. Once you’ve made a decision, the next step is to get to work, returning the piece to its original glory. Upcycling is a cheap and easy way to add a focus to your room. Click here for some tips on how to do it properly.
Rearrange The Rug For Maximum Impact
Finally, think about how your rug is arranged. The fashion right now is to arrange all the furniture in the living room – including the coffee table and the sofas – by placing it on top of the rug. As such, you’ll need a relatively large rug to accommodate everything. Other designers also use rugs to tie a room together using the so-called “front on” method, where the rug is used as a tool to bring all the items of furniture in a room together.
Which of these instant beautification methods will you use in your living room?