So, you’ve done all the hard bits like sugar-soaped the walls, scraped Woodchip wallpaper off EVERY wall in the room and the ceiling (yes, this is something we had to do) and also pulled up the old carpet. Now it’s time to do those aesthetically pleasing bits. By this I mean, put down the new floor, give the walls a fresh lick of paint, make the room look sleek with brand new skirtings and bring in the furniture. By this point, your room is then ready for those all important finishing touches and here’s my top four that I think every living room needs…
I believe that adding artwork is what begins to give your room some personality and there is so much out there for you to choose from. You can hang up modern art, landscape paintings, inspirational quotes, hanging textiles and of course family photos.
If you don’t want to just hang them, another great way is to put up some shelving and rest the artwork on top. Just make sure you get picture ledge shelving or use Bluetac to hold them in place so that they don’t come crashing down (I learnt this lesson the hard way). You can also add some plants on the shelf too, as they always give rooms a nice, soft feel.
Now that your walls don’t look empty, make sure your new furniture doesn’t either. If you’ve added a side board, a TV unit or a coffee table, these are a great way to display some lovely items such as, candles, vases, trinket boxes and various ornaments.
Even though it results in more dusting that lets face it, is pretty unnecessary I absolutely LOVE knick-knack’s around the house. I love walking into a room and not knowing what to look at first. It makes the room more interesting and distracts guests from that layer of dust lying on your unnecessary objects!
Right, I have a confession to make…I may have a slight addiction to cushions! I just blinking love them.
Not only do they make a sofa look snugly, they’re also a great way of adding a mixture of textures and patterns into a room (they are also great to hide behind when your other half makes you watch a scary film!). Honestly, adding cushions to your sofa just makes the room feel so much homely, I just hope yours don’t end up on the floor like mine do when the grump sits down!
Rugs are a great way to give your room a warmer feel, especially if like us you have a wooden floor.
They can also act as a protection for your floor if your living room is a high traffic area and can be used to differentiate different areas of your room to save it feeling too multi-functional if it has many purposes; like a living/dining room or if it doubles up as a study.
So there we have it, my thoughts on what bits and bobs I think adds the finishing touches to a living room. I’d love to hear your ideas! Let me know in the comments below.