Having guests over this season? The living room is a popular space for entertaining friends and family, so let’s take a look at quick and easy ways of freshening up those living areas…
1) Refresh the fireplace
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace or wood burner in your lounge, make the most of it! A well-dressed fireplace can act as the main focal point of the room. Our Scintilla Tiles are a fan favourite, and they create a striking look when used inside or on top of the fireplace.
2) Create a graduated feature wall
Our Oaken Hexagon Tiles make a stunning statement in this living room as they climb gradually up the wall for a honeycomb effect. Their oxidised pattern gives them an industrial look, punctuated with gold accessories.
3) Add a new lamp
A quick and cost-effective way to update the look of a side table is to introduce a new table lamp. There are some great options available, matching every style or colour scheme you could think of! We love this Milano Gold Flamingo Lamp with Mustard Velvet Lamp Shade from I Love Retro.
4) Go period with your living room floor
Love period dramas like Downton Abbey? Love the décor of a grand manor house? Invite some period charm into your home with the addition of our Ledbury Tiles. Made from ceramic, they have an anti-slip surface and are available in a range of stunning colours.
5) Introduce a log pile
You may have heard of the natural trend – the idea of inviting natural stone and wood texture into an interior area. A simple and effective way of doing this is to introduce a log pile. If you have a disused fireplace, stack it fully with chopped logs. If you have a working fire, stack your logs somewhere else, but do it inside – fill an empty crevice or open-fronted cupboard. They will inject woody texture into the room – bringing a dull or empty space to life with definition, whilst introducing the natural trend at the same time.
6) Add panelling to the walls
Panelling is super popular right now, as it creates a stunning, subtle look that adds character and charm to any space. Do as much or as little as you like – you’re sure to be the envy of family and friends! The room below uses this technique halfway up the wall to add texture and dimension.
7) Add a geometric cushion
Striking geometric patterns are a big design trend. A quick way of injecting them into your home is through the addition of cushions! Geometric cushions are readily available in Dunelm, Tesco and Wilco. Buy several different patterns – some colourful, some monochrome – and create a thick on your sofa for a real eye-catching mish-mash.
8) Create a statement floor
Cursed with a threadbare carpet or swollen, scratched and chipped laminate? Then it might be time for some new flooring! To inject some character into your living room, you should consider introducing a statement floor – a floor area full of pattern or colour – a covering that really catches the eye, and fills a room with personality.
Above, Mr Jones Charcoal Tiles
9) Create a textured TV stand
The average TV is a large bulk of black glass that most living rooms have to tolerate. Usually, we plonk it on a TV stand in the corner of the room, to try to separate it from the decor scheme. But in the customer project above, Lynne embraced the TV, and used it as the centre point to a stunning textured focal point! The screen is surrounded by a mix of wood and slate split face tiles; mixing technology and nature together seamlessly! We think it looks great.
10) Fill dead floor space with an opulent Ottoman
Ottomans are a great way to fill dead floor space. They’re essentially upholstered cuboids and come in a variety of sizes and designs. Some are clad in faux leather, whilst others are covered in decorative fabric. Again, you can find an Ottoman to match any décor scheme. Try this Oxford Ottoman from Within.
So there you have it – 10 quick and easy tips for refreshing your living area – we hope they come in handy, and we’d love to see your living area updates. Tag us in your projects on Instagram @wallsandfloors!