Modern Living Room Ideas: Ring The Changes And Try Something New

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

No room in your home sees more use than the living room. It's where we spend time with family and friends, watching TV and doing just about everything else in our free time. Since you spend so much time in your living room, it's only natural to occasionally find yourself wanting to make a change. No matter how perfect your living room décor may be, you're going to get bored with it sooner or later. If you're ready to give your living room a complete makeover, there are a lot of different things you should think about first so that you can go into the process fully prepared.

What Do You Do In Your Living Room?

The first step to shaking up the look of your living room is thinking about exactly how you plan to use the room. Obviously, there are some limitations on what you can do with the room, beginning with the shape and size. If you use your living room primarily to entertain guests and to watch TV with your family, then you'll need to take the size and shape of the room into account when figuring out your seating arrangement and other details such as the placement of rugs direct on high traffic areas. If the room is large enough or if it's laid out in the right way, you can make your living room do double duty by making part of the room a home office or dining area.

Whatever the shape of your living room, use it to full advantage. If your living room is large, but happens to be a long, narrow room, then it's easy to divide it by making part of the room a seating area and using the rest of the room for another purpose. It's best to plan this out ahead of time by making measurements of your furniture (or the furniture that you plan to get for your living room) and the room and doing some drawings of different layouts to come up with one that works.

Set The Scene With A New Focal Point

Every living room needs a focal point; perhaps your old living room décor lacked one or you'd like to reboot the room with a new one. Features like fireplaces (if you have one) are a natural choice. You can also reconfigure the room to make a conversation pit the room's focal point or create a seating area for TV viewing. You can even paint a wall in an accent colour or add a new piece of furniture, large rugs, choose new curtains online or a large painting or framed photograph to provide something to pull your new living room's look together into a unified whole.

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