Living open plan with barely any storage shows up any of my non-tidy days quite drastically, so I have to be a little over the top when it comes to keeping everything in its right place, much to my man’s annoyance.
When it came to spring cleaning this area, I found there wasn’t too much to do as the area is so open. However I was able to take a fresh look at the layout, so this blog is more about what you should have in your living room.
If your living room has built in storage, make sure you start with what’s in or on these areas. If the storage is cupboards, take everything out and analyse what you actually need or want, for example if you now have Netflix, do you really need all those old DVD’s?
Next you need to address anything that is displayed on shelves, does it look nice? Do the objects add something to the room? See shelves as a way of displaying loved objects, photographs and art work – you want your living room to be the most relaxing space after your bedroom.
Once you have cleared out all of your storage, you should now have absolutely no clutter in your living space, so now we can move onto the more bulky objects.
Your sofa should be comfortable and clean, they are often used daily, so ensure you wash the covers once a month, if this isn’t possible then hoover the sofa and spritz with a nice scent.
Plump up all of the cushions whenever you can, it’s also a great way to relieve stress, give it all a good punch into shape. If you have scatter cushions consider how many you actually need, don’t overdo it, for example a corner sofa requires a maximum of four cushions. Add a snuggly throw folded over the back of one of the sofa seats.
Depending on the size of your room either go for a nest of tables or a large, low coffee table.
Make your living room more conversational by adding in a couple of smaller arm chairs, you don’t want the focus of the room to be the TV.
Your rug can really change both the room’s appearance and general comfort, make this as large as possible, by ensuring the rug stretches to fit under all furniture feet, it will actually make the room appear larger.
Pick one large piece of art to put on the wall or a selection of favourites, things that you are happy to gaze at for hours.
Your finishing touches are large plants, optional fresh flowers and some coffee table books nicely displayed.
Overall your sitting room/living room/lounge is the place where you should relax after work, a place to read, reflect or have a series marathon. Make it work for what you want to do.
All images can be found on my Pinterest board Living Room