Before giving your living room a makeover, start by identifying the elements of the present layout and style that bug you the most. To do so, we suggest the following exercise: go into your living room and take a proper look at it—look at the walls, the curtains, the furniture and its layout, think about where you spend most time, which parts you like best and which ones annoy you or leave you indifferent.
This little test will help you identify any furniture that is no longer working for you (if it ever did!), those items that you have an emotional attachment to but that don’t fit in with the rest of the decor, the lifeless walls and the areas of the living room that you love.
After this examination, you can move on to our 3 decor ideas to give your living room a simple makeover.
Scandinavian style at your fingertips…
Scandi style is a tried and tested decor trend! It has timeless appeal…perhaps thanks to the serenity it exudes with its clean, warm lines.
Are you looking for style inspiration for your living room? Give Nordic heritage a go: a mix of elegance, rustic chic and Hygge.
To create a haven of relaxation, use neutral tones and hues: white, beige, and pastel colours. You can then add a brighter touch using one or two decorative accessories: a small piece of furniture, a rug, a table… avoid overly bright colours like red, and instead opt for a gorgeous green.
Make sure that the carpet matches the cushions and throws (vital for winter evenings!). And we mustn’t forget the importance of textiles! Textiles help you to refine your home decor on a budget.
And remember, when adding decorative items, always try to do so in even numbers: two side tables, two cushions, two candles, and so on. The room will be more symmetrical and harmonious as a result.
Mother Nature one day, Mother Nature every day
Plants have beneficial effects on our health, both visually and physiologically. Just because you live in town doesn’t mean you have to do without greenery. On the contrary, your decor and home interiors will be enhanced by featuring plants here and there.
A nice little indoor garden is a great way to reconnect with Mother Nature. From a simple pot plant to a lovely lemon tree or flower walls, plants have the ability to give an effortless new look to your living room.
Some are lucky enough to live in a place with views of greenery, or even their own garden. For those of us who are not so blessed, there are various options that can compensate this lack of greenery by bringing life to the living room.
Final touch: vintage!
Among 2019’s decor trends is Japandi style: a fusion of Scandinavian decor as mentioned above and Japanese style. Both interior design styles feature clean and simple lines. We often use the term ‘vintage’ to denote ‘authentic’ or handcrafted old furniture and wooden items.
If you love new things and prefer to avoid flea markets, no problem: Compactor has plenty of new yet ‘vintage’ accessories in store. Some of our baskets are hand-made—they really are handicrafts.