Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How To REALLY Add Personality To Your Living Room

When it comes to decorating our home, we are always told to add some personality to it, make it yours - but how do we actually do that? Some of us may not have the interior design gene you know...
There are so many different rooms to think about, with the main focal point being in your living room. That's the place where people come in, sit down and look around, so how do we make it perfect? How can we be proud of it and want to invite guests round just to show it off?
Here's a list of all the tips and tricks out there to make your living room look like a masterpiece and reflect your personality to the T. 

Throw some color around
Don't be afraid to add some color to the room, no matter what you have in mind. What better way to show off your true colors? Remember it doesn't just have to be one either, you can go with multiple shades and make a stripey pattern, or spots, and just pure randomness. A great technique is to get yourself some masking tape and section of a wall into pieces, almost as if you're drawing some sort of mosaic but with tape. You can go as big or as small as you want with the sections, the more random, the better.

Then pick a few different colored paints, and paint the areas that aren't covered by the tape. Once that's completely dry, gently peel away all the tape, and you will be left with a very funky design on the wall. It'll draw the eye in and definitely create something to talk about.

Hang up some artwork
Artwork is a brilliant fix if your imagination is lacking. When you mention art to someone though, they instantly wince and think it's going to cost them a lot - but that is so not the case. You can get many affordable pieces online, that may look very expensive, but in fact only cost you ten dollars!
There are so many different styles to choose from too, from modern and contemporary, to vintage and abstract.
The placement is very important when choosing what you want, as it seems to change the shape and size of a room. For example, if you choose a relatively large painting, but put it just above your eye level, it will give the impression that you're quite small, and your walls are very high (even if they're not at all!)

Experiment with light fixtures
Who knew how different a room could look just by the lighting chosen? It can either make or break a room. If you don't know what you're doing, then you can end up making a room look a lot smaller than it actually is. So yes, you can absolutely create the illusion of a bigger room too.

First, you need to figure out what you want the feel of the room to be. Are you going for a snug, cozy, warm vibe, or do you prefer more of a modern, bright, crispy environment? If you like the first idea better, then lamps are a great feature to add to the room, and not just one either, but multiple and all different heights.

If you want the modern feel, then ceiling lights are definitely the way to go.
And don't forget, whatever atmosphere you do decide on, bulbs come in all different colors, so don't think you just have to stick to clear or warm white.

Design a photo wall
Photo walls are not only appealing to the eye, but they are so precious. If you want personality, then photos of you and your loved ones is a great place to start. First, have a look through your albums, or if you're too far into the future for that, scroll through your phone and pick out all your favorite images. Then just go and get them printed out et voila - you're now holding real photographs!

Now comes the fun part, designing a cool way of putting them on your wall. You could just go basic and stick them all on randomly, or you could invest in some pretty frames and do it that way!
A beautiful final touch that you can add if you feel there's something missing are fairy lights. These are such a magical item and can be used wherever you want throughout your house, but they work particularly well for the photo wall (especially in the evening!)

Incorporate unique furniture pieces
Have a look around online; you will be amazed at the things out there. Like spiral bookshelves that wind your books along the walls, or strangely made coffee tables that shouldn't balance but they do! Or if you're thinking about creating a really chilled out layout, then why not grab yourself an enormous fombag to zen out on? These are pretty much different sized bags full of foam that you can sit on, lie on, or just use as a foot rest, so head to Fombag for more information.

Invite nature into your home
Who said nature was only for outdoors? Bring it in and welcome it with open arms! It will add such an exotic feel to your living room. Just one plant in an earthy styled pot could take your room to another level. If you do really have a love for nature, then don't stop with just one plant, as long as you have the room and enough natural light getting in, you could fill all your empty shelf space with mini bonsais. These are so cute, but add such a twist that will get people asking you if you travel, or do yoga!

Dress up your windows
Windows tend to get overlooked, but they shouldn't! They’re just as much of a feature than your sofa or coffee table. These are what give you light, and you should care for them, so take off those grubby old curtains, and dress them in a way that accentuates them instead of hides them. If you painted one wall a crazy color, use that same shade for curtains. Or pick out some lovely wooden blinds to match your nature vibe.
Whatever you choose, you don't want to obstruct the windows; otherwise there would be no point in having them there. And remember - make sure the glass is clean!

Accessories don't have to be seen as clutter if you know where to put them. If you have a very bare sofa that looks quite miserable, then get some cushions to decorate it with. Now, this doesn't mean covering the whole thing, but depending on its size, one or two could bring it to life, especially if you go for a contrast in color. The same kind of thing goes for your floor, add a rug that pops, but also brings everything together in a very random way.

Candles, on the other hand, can make everything feel sexier! So if you enjoy watching a flickering flame, then you should definitely invest in some. You can even buy scented ones if the visual isn't enough for you. Just remember to keep them away from any curtains of flammable objects!!

Work your hobbies into your decor
If you're a lover of gardening, then it's pretty obvious what you would do - you'd bring in the nature feel into the room (like what we previously went over.) Add colorful wild flowers to the room and position them on the table perfectly in view of the sun. Or if you're a sporty person, hang up some memorabilia that you may have, or even the baseball bat itself (if that's what you're into). That could look pretty damn cool above your fireplace.

If you are a dancer, or once were, don't be embarrassed about showing off your medals and trophies - they are a part of you! There are many beautiful cabinets out there that would be perfect to put your things inside, keeping them visible, but safe.

Get yourself a mirror or two
These are not only very handy to have in almost any room so you can check yourself out and make sure you’re looking on point, but they work wonders for the area too! Mirrors have so many hidden talents that people don't know about. Besides making a room look double the size, they can draw in more light if put in the right place. So if you have a room that always seems to be in the shade, place a mirror in the area where the most sun shines through. By doing this, the mirror will reflect off as much of the sunlight as possible, without bumping up the price of your electricity bill.

So as you can see, there are a whole bunch of different ways that you can add your own personality into a room; you shouldn't be stuck for thought anymore. - Get writing down ideas and creating lists of the items you need - then go do your thing.