Three Ways to Improve Your Living Room

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Posted on: 28 November 2014 by Vickie Harrison

There are two types of people in the world: those who favour the living room and those whose kitchen is the heart of the home. While they both have their pros and cons, I’ve always favoured the former. Here’s a few tips on how to make the most of your living room.

Coffee Table

The coffee table is there not just as a place to put your feet up and stick the remote on. It can act as a companion to the overall aesthetic of the room or be the focal point and create a real statement. Just as important to the quality of the finish, though, is the style you choose, as well as the shape and size of your coffee table. If you prefer a traditional set-up, combine rich wood finishes with neutral coloured soft furnishings and carpet to create a relaxing space. This is great with a wood-burning stove, especially at this time of year. Don’t forget to accessorise the space. Coffee table books or a family picture album make for great conversation pieces.

Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the interior designer’s real trade secrets as they’re a great way to make a room feel larger when positioned right. If your living room is on the smaller side, propping up a large mirror that’s around three quarters as high as the wall will create the illusion of some extra real estate. Similarly, try placing a mirror on the wall that reflects a window. Not only will this look like the room has an extra window, but it also reflects the weather outside. It’s a great trick in the summer months for keeping your living room looking bright and inviting. Another great tip for summer is to place a mirror behind some candles in your fireplace. What this does is reflect the flames and create a relaxing, twinkling light show.

Storage

Most of us never feel as though we have another space and we’re always looking for more storage solutions. Even those who don’t consider themselves a film buff or a big reader can suddenly realise they’ve built up quite the collection over the years. While these can make nice displays, we don’t want them to take over the room as things can start to feel cluttered and claustrophobic. Considering the amount of storage it provides, a ceiling high book case doesn’t take up a lot of real estate in the room. For those who want to keep things out of sight, though, Furniture Plus do a range of large sideboards. These come in a variety of finishes, from a darker walnut to a light oak to fit a range of styles.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or just relaxing in front of your favourite programme on the TV, the living room is the real heart of the home. What’s your favourite room in the house? let us know in the comments below.

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