Let’s be honest, not all of us have an eye for interior decorating—but we still have to fill the room with something, and finding the perfect balance between cozy and chic is no small feat. We’ve created the ultimate guide for you to impress your friends and make your living room the place to be.
Work Around the Room
Often times the most difficult part of styling a room is figuring out how to incorporate the odd architectural “features.” Instead of trying to force some unusual tiling, brickwork, paneling, or molding to fit with the rest of your inherited or mismatched furniture, embrace that odd wall and style the room around that feature.
Take advantage of the minimalistic Scandinavian styling that is popular, embrace open-backed bookcases and shelving and add the occasional pop of color, go for a cottage cabin look with lots of warm and cozy accents, or keep it simple and let your trim and molding create the contrast in the room. Don’t overthink it, when working with an attention-grabbing feature, it’s usually best to keep it simple.
Keep it Comfy
Unexpectedly, your resident couch potato will likely have quite about of input when it comes to seating arrangements. Not only will seating help to fill the room, but it can also make or break your living room. Yeah, the vintage cough you found at the thrift shop might fit the “lewk” you’re going for, but is anyone actually going to use it? Please, please don’t sacrifice comfortability for aesthetics.
We know how easy it can be to fall in love with a couch simply because it costs less than a hundred dollars, but you have to consider if >$100 is worth your well-intentioned, yet responsible best friend’s sciatica acting up after a few too many margaritas.
C’mon, keep it clean. If you’ve already got the furniture nailed down, but your room is still missing *something*, don’t be afraid to layer it up. As unconventional as it may seem, a bonus rug here or there may add the dimension and coziness you’ve been lacking. Don’t be afraid to mix prints, fabrics, or even include a little shag.
One thing is certain and that is that you can never have too many houseplants. Even if you’re going for a minimalist look, the plants will provide all the pops of color you’ll need. Not only will the plants offer you a little color variety, but you can also make the room more visually interesting with the types of plants you have how you choose to display your plant babies. And if your green thumb could use a little work, don’t worry, Youtube has plenty of plant content to get you through the rough patches.
Sleek and Shiny
No doubt electronics have gotten increasingly smaller, but have a lot of them in one room can still give a sort of clunky and sloppy appearance. Investing in a smart home system will make your life easier and your house more comfortable to live in. A smart home system will offer an additional sense of security, with the knowledge that your home is protected inside and out, with the added bonus of being able to control your lights, the temperature, and much more. If you’re uneasy investing in something so revolutionary online, take a visit to Control4 San Antonio or their Austin location to see some of their amazing products in a showroom.
Your new smart home system will be especially nice once you’ve finished loading in, scooting, and rearranging all that heavy furniture, take a little time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a glass of wine and a bit of CBD vape oil to soothe your tired and achy muscles.