When it comes to renovations in the home, we tend to focus more in the kitchen and bathroom than we do the living room, and when we do eventually decide to do something about the decor in the main living space, we tend to go more for practical and cozy than luxurious. However, there’s no reason why the living room can’t be luxe – in fact; it really is the perfect room to add a little more luxury, because we tend to spend most of our time in there anyway. You will find some helpful tips and tricks on how to make your living room luxurious, no matter what your budget may be.
If you want to bring a little more luxury to your living room, the first thing you need to know is even if your working with a soda budget, rather than a champagne one, it is perfectly possible to have a living room luxurious. Now that you know that, here are some ideas to get you inspired and start your on your journey to a more luxurious living room:
Create a Focal Point
One of the easiest ways to up the luxe in your living room is to create a focal point. Basically, pick one wall and throw all of your efforts at making it stand out in the best possible way. You could do this by hanging some sophisticated wallpaper on there to create a unique feature wall by hanging a nice, big piece of artwork or even by hanging decorative fabric – it all depends on the exact kind of style you’re looking to create.
Invest in Quality Curtains
Cheap curtains look…well, cheap. They can really lower the tone of the living room if you let them. Here in Connecticut, All About Interiors can make luxurious, tailored, custom window treatments and shades to suit your new luxe style. If you have a tight budget, you can find some really attractive curtains at Deconovo.com. There really is no reason not to invest in a better standard of window treatment. They might not be a complete transformation, but they will take you far on the luxe scale. Consider choosing lush, thick fabrics and hang the curtains from ceiling to floor to give the illusion of more space.
Embrace a More Minimalist Style
If your living room is full of all kinds of clutter from excessive levels of furniture to piles of magazines and knick-knacks that you don’t even like, it’s pretty hard to make it look glamorous. So, embrace your inner minimalist and start purging. You obviously don’t have to get rid of everything, but if it isn’t useful, it doesn’t bring you joy, and it is doing nothing more than taking up space, get rid of it, reclaim your space and immediately make your living room more luxe.
Mirrors are Magic
Not only do a few well-placed mirrors help the living room to look larger, but if you choose pretty antique ones with precious metal frames, they will effortlessly increase the luxe factor of your living room, and you can find them for much less than you might think at antique auctions, fairs and even thrift shops.
Hide Your TV
Most of us like to watch at least a little TV in the living room, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but televisions aren’t exactly glamorous. It is, then a very good idea to conceal your TV in whichever way you say fit. Using a screen, like the kinds that are common in Japanese decor is a classy way to hide the TV, but you can buy cabinets that will keep it concealed, or you could even use various artworks to cover the screen when you aren’t watching the latest big thing on Netflix.
Rugs Tie the Room Together
The Dude was right in the Big Lebowski when he said that rug really tied the room together. Any sophisticated living room should have its own rug and generally speaking unless the living room is really small, the bigger, the better. Not only that but if you can find a nice vintage rug with an interesting pattern, like the Persian rugs at Carpetvista.com/, it will really bring a touch of class to the place. Oh, it’ll keep your feet warm on those cold winter mornings too.
Slip in a Sculpture or Two
Think of the most luxurious homes and hotel rooms you’ve ever been in – I bet they had at least one sculpture in there somewhere, right? That’s because a well-designed sculpture really adds to the luxury of the place by adding something extra that is visually appealing and tactile, and of course, art is always classy.
Play with Shapes
Often every stick of furniture in the living room tends to be pretty boxy and angular and although there is nothing wrong with this, it doesn’t exactly create a relaxing, luxurious atmosphere. A much better way is to add lots of different shapes, especially of the curved variety, to soften the place up. It will make your living room appear like a cozy work of art all in its own right. It’s all about the silhouettes!
Exotic Plants are Amazing
Exotic plants and flowers, such as orchids, bonsai trees and String of Pearls, not only show that you have excellent taste, but they also help to create a relaxing atmosphere. Just make sure that you take good care of them and that you choose pots and planters that are as sophisticated as possible – bronze, ceramic, silvers and golds are always good.
Add Some Antiques
Nothing screams luxury like a good antique, so make it your mission to find a few that you love and which fit with the style of your living room and arrange them carefully. When it comes to arranging knick-knacks and accessories, it’s generally good to group them in three’s for the best visual effect.
Last but by no means least, work on creating lots of layers of interest in the living room. You can do this by using rugs, throws, floor pillows, decorative cushions and a range of fabrics and materials from satin to wood and bronze. The more elements you have, the more luxurious your living room will be, providing you arrange them well.
Have fun going luxe in the living room!