If the decor in your living room is heavy and depressing, it doesn’t have to take too much effort to turn it into airy and happy place. You just need a couple of sticks of furniture and a bright imagination. Here are a few tips.
Fun living room furniture in bright colors
Living rooms are often decorated in serious color schemes – browns, blacks, beige, dull greens and grays. Often, when people see a heavy color scheme bringing everyone down, they try to lighten the place up with a few brightly colored cushions and throws. They even try a bright carpet. What they should really do, though, is to think big – by bringing in colorful furniture, for example.
People love bright colors in their furniture today. Furniture stores like Made.com have bright red sofas, electric blue ottomans, hot pink chairs, yellow armoires and flaming orange writing desks. It can’t be hard to imagine how much it can lift the mood up in a living room to have a riot of color everywhere.
If you furniture isn’t due for an update, you can do the next best thing – bring in small pieces of furniture to fill up empty spaces. If you don’t have a coffee table, a modern, bright turquoise design can have a startlingly brightening effect. If you don’t have a bookcase, bringing one that is painted emerald green could get the party started in short order.
Pick an accent wall
Accent walls are a powerful way to bring color and life to a room. A single, brightly colored wall in a room that’s otherwise staid and neutral can have a benignly disruptive effect. You’ll find your eyes constantly drawn towards the wall in anticipation of something exciting.
While the plan with an accent wall is to bring in excitement through a disruptive effect, you do need to follow a few rules. Interior decorators usually recommend that you pick the wall that’s most easy to see when you walk into the room. An accent wall is supposed to hold your eye as you walk in – not turn your head.
If your living room has multiple entryways, you should pick the wall that your eye is most drawn to even without accenting. If one wall has a large flat panel, window or fireplace on it, that would be the wall to accent.
Accent furniture can be a good idea, too
Coffee tables mostly remain unused. They may hold a cup of coffee when a guest comes in. Sometimes, you may use a coffee table as a dining table, a laptop desk or as a surface to park a sheaf of newspapers. The rest of the time, the only thing that these tables do is to provide a bit of focus to your living room. In other words, a coffee table is exactly the right article of furniture to turn into an accent piece.
Accent coffee tables come in a variety of adventurous designs. You can choose a wicker table, a sculpted glass table that’s shaped like an ice cube, a rustic piece, a pinewood trunk, among other possibilities.
An accent chair is a good idea, too. You need to choose a design that is very different from the rest of the pieces you have in the living room. An Arne Jacobson egg chair, an animal print leather chair or a Saarinen Womb Chair – whatever you choose, it needs to give your room a whimsical touch that simply lightens the atmosphere.
About the author:
Amy Grimshaw is an experimental DIY designer. She loves trying new things and writing about them on DIY blogs.