Sometimes, we have neither the time nor the inclination to make drastic overhauls to the way our living room (or any other room) looks. In fact, many may well feel rather comfortable in their surroundings and averse to dramatic changes, not wanting to destroy a design they have spent an age working on. However, despite loving your home the way it is, you might be looking for a few simple ways to ‘change it up’ without having to alter interiors entirely. Here are a few design touches that can help you do so…
Curtains and blinds are a great way to alter the appearance of a room without too much effort. Changing from curtains to blinds, or vice versa, is an easy way to achieve this, whilst opting for dramatically different curtains or drapes can significantly transform the overall look of a room.
An original piece of art can create a focal point in a room, and often times spur discussion. The only difficulty with works of art is considering how best to make them fit with the overall décor of the room. After all, there are many great pieces of art that do not all blend well with interior design. Therefore, it is better to shop around and find something that won’t jar with the room visually. Those who already have plenty of artwork hanging on their walls may wish to buy new pieces, or a sculpture instead of a painting.
Rearranging – The Importance of Symmetry
You may already have a room that looks great, but are you exploiting all your space properly? Are there forgotten parts of your room that could be utilised? Is the room clean, but still looks cluttered? A simple rearrangement could be all that you need. A good piece of advice when changing the layout of your room is to keep things symmetrical. In practice, this means objects of similar size and height should be balanced on either side of a sofa, fireplace or piece of art.
New throws, re-covering your sofa cushions in another material – either through re-upholstering or buying a neutral-coloured sofa with removable cushion fabrics – and rugs can all change your room from dull and boring to contemporary and refreshing. It really couldn’t be more simple.
Foliage is a rather obvious but oft-forgotten way of changing the appearance of a room – and plants can prove to have a very relaxing presence in a house, giving dwellings a more natural quality. Peace Lilies, Azalea Teacups, cacti and a whole host of flowers are all suitable for indoor growing. However, for something truly outstanding, it may be worth thinking outside of the small, evergreen plant box. Herb gardens, mini-allotments and even lemon trees can all have fruit-bearing lives indoors.
The problem with works of art on the walls is that they cannot be used for anything other than looking at. Although visual stimulation is important – and art fulfils this role in a room very well – other senses need to be excited as well for a truly ‘textured’ room. An impressive piece of furniture, or an accessory with a little bit of history behind it, can be both functional and artistic. On top of this, antiques can be tactile, thereby giving the room a more welcoming feel.