The living room makes a social hub of your home. It is a place where you spend those pleasant afternoons with your family and the room where you welcome your friends. Visually speaking, the living room sets the tone you will follow throughout the rest of your home. All things considered, if you fail to make it good-looking and functional, your quarters will always feel incomplete.
Let us then take a look at a couple of simple ways you can make your living room as cozy and elegant as it gets without spending an obscene amount of money usually associated with these qualities.
Leverage the natural light
To put it simply, natural light visually opens up the space, washes the pieces inside in an elegant glow and goes a great length to lift the mood of everyone in the room. So, do your best to expand your window space the next time you start remodeling. Still, that's only half the story. Covering these expanded windows with soft drapes that will match the color of the walls will instantly create a very subtle and elegant setting while allowing you to easily control how much light you are going to allow in.
Keep things simple
Elegance could be best described with two words – simplicity and functionality. That is why you should strongly avoid the pieces and elements that will create visual clutter and stick to the simple classic lines. This simplicity should be reflected with the color choices too. Cool grey, glamorous blue and soft beige will be your best friends here. If you want to create a visual variety, it is better to do that with accent pieces like cozy coastal cushions than by deviating from this pleasant, classic pattern.
Choose stylish flooring
As we already briefly mentioned, the living room is a public space. Because of that, finding the perfect flooring options goes beyond the matter of functionality. So, take comfort only as a first requirement. As for the design, you can go a couple of ways. Monochrome rooms would greatly benefit from a bold two-tone pattern, simple lines and light colors which go hand in hand with similar single color options, while the rooms with a healthy dose of classic European influence require simple and elegant floral motifs.
Create a focal point
To put it simply, a focal point anchors the room and draws the visitors into the space. Although you can create a perfectly functional layout without it, using one or more focal points will help you to prevent any of the pieces feeling loose and give the space a certain sense of purpose. As for the ideas you can use to create these points, the only limit you'll face is your imagination. Focal points can be created from anything ranging from stylish wallpapers and TVs to more attention-grabbing modern art pieces.
In terms of interior design, mirrors are genuine stylish powerhouses. Why? Well, they visually expand the space making even the smallest room look bigger, they disperse natural light throughout the room, and, finally, they bring an instant touch of class to the space they inhabit. The decision whether you are going to use some massive Victorian piece or go along with something more streamlined and elegant is entirely up to you. Also, take into consideration that mirrors make excellent peripheral focal points.
Display massive art
Massive art pieces offer multiple benefits. First, they take a lot of space that would otherwise be left empty of filled with some less fortunate choices. Second, they draw a lot of attention, and equally as important, draw attention away from the details that may not look so flattering. Last but certainly not least, massive art pieces are a bold design choice that elevates the entire space and speaks volumes about the owner’s taste and sophistication.
Layer the room
Finally, let us not forget the fact that your living room does not only need to look stylish but feel pleasant as well. We already mentioned cozy rugs and stylish flooring you can use to push this agenda forward. However, these two mentions should only be a part of your layered setup that should include all sorts of warm and cuddly pieces like pillows, area rugs, covers, throws and all other items that will make your stay in the room if just a bit more pleasant.
As we can see, creating a stylish and elegant room is not a matter of massive chandeliers and expensive fireplaces. It can just as easily be achieved with simplicity, functionality and a couple of bold design choices. All you have to do now is to take the tips we gave you and finally give your living room that much deserved shine it currently lacks.