A communal living area is a great area to have in your home, no matter how big or small it is. You can host or hang out, alone or with friends and family, and this room can be a cosy haven in which to relax after a long day. If you are lucky enough to have a space like this, then it can be worth considering how you can make it more comfortable, and a reflection of your personality. All too often, these rooms cab fill up with rubbish and become more of a storeroom than a living room, and redecorating your living room is a good first step in helping it reach its full potential.
Fireplaces and stoves can be a great addition to your living room. Not only do they create heat and warmth, but they also look great and can act as a centrepiece. The style and type you choose will depend on many factors, such as whether you have a chimney or not, but there are plenty of options to choose from. If you don’t have a chimney, then a flueless gas fireplace could be a good option for you, with options including a stove, inset fire or a hole in the wall.
One of the best and most cost-effective ways to make a room your own is to accessorise with artwork. From wall tapestries to canvas prints, display art that you love around a room can help to personalise it, without spending lots of money or having large refurbishments. If you are renting and unable to attach items to the walls, there are still lots of ways to personalise a room and make it your own, such as using command hooks or placing art in frames on tables and shelves, instead of the walls.
Different types of lighting can create different atmospheres within a room. If you want to make your living area feel cosier, then consider yellow or orange tones in your lighting. This is because, in colour psychology, these shades evoke warmth and optimism. You can experiment with different light styles and sources too, with fairy lights being an incredibly popular way to add a soft glow to a room. Why not combine lights and art and choose some decorative fairy lights, or ones that you can attach images or photographs too. Popping some fairy lights into a glass or bottle is also a great, cheap way to personalise your living room and add some more light.
If you find yourself using your living room as more of a store cupboard than a communal space, you may decide to invest in some great storage solutions to keep the clutter to a minimum. Ottoman sofas are a popular option, as they provide storage and seating, making them multifunctional. Shelving, tables and drawers are also good ways to increase storage and maximise the space in your living room, with shelving making use of wall space and freeing up that valuable floorspace!