a-more-modern-living-roomIs your home starting to feel a bit … dated? Older furniture, dark colors and dull patterns and textures can make any room in your home look older and less appealing than it actually is. Rather than making the best of what you have, do something about it! You can create a modern living room with only a few simple and affordable steps. The following are tips for bringing your living room back to life:

  1. Choose bold paint colors

    A modern living room starts with the unexpected – a bold yellow wall, a pop of color on the trim, a bright and festive ceiling. You can pick the way that you bring color into your living room based on how you feel. If you’re nervous about choosing a bold color for the entire space, consider painting just one wall or paint the ceiling instead. Pick your colors wisely also so you don’t end up with a home filled with decisions regret. Decide on the colors you like the best, and also consider how you use the room. For example, you shouldn’t paint a living room bright red if you primarily use it to take afternoon naps!

  2. Add patterns and textures

    The use of patterns in your living room decor will instantly make the space feel more alive. You can add patterns in curtains, lamp shades, area rugs, throw pillows, couches, chairs and artwork – the choice is yours! If you really want to commit to a fun and bold pattern, consider having couch upholstery repair on a dated living room sofa – that way you can recycle your furniture, saving you money that you can spend elsewhere.

  3. Lighten up

    If you decide to use bold and bright colors and patterns in your living room, it’s imperative that the room has a lot of natural light coming in. Otherwise, those colors will appear darker and heavier than they’re intended to, making the room feel less modern and more overbearing. You can bring natural light into a room easily by ensuring that curtains or blinds stay up for as long as possible during the day. Also consider adding mirrors on the walls opposite your windows, giving you access to the view outside from any angle and reflecting the light that comes in.

  4. Steer clear of trends

    It can be tempting when investing in reupholstery or paint to go with the latest trend to make your home feel modern, but that just means that in a couple years when that trend is no longer in style, you’ll be itching to redecorate again. Avoid the hassle; go with timeless modern pieces like simple structured furniture, classic-but-bold prints, and unique wall colors. When you mix and match bold prints and bright colors, your living room feels appealing and distinctly modern.

Creating a modern living room in your home is easy and affordable if you know where to start. It’s easy to inject the busiest room in your home with fun, bright energy that is sure to have your whole family feeling young again.