While it may not feel like it, Americans are spending more time at home than they used to. This is a result of more people working from home, online shopping, and home entertainment. While we are not eating, sleeping, or working, we are more than likely spending our relaxing time in the living room. It only seems right that the place many of us spend most of our time should be the most comfortable.
Mood Enhancing Colors
Certain colors can affect your mood so you’ll want to choose wisely. Think of the furniture and walls as a sort of background or canvas for the rest of the room. You can then add your personal touches in style and color throughout the areas of the room. A large area rug, colored furniture pillows, roman blinds or curtains, and artwork are all great ways to enhance the room with color.
The furniture is one of the most important aspects of the living room. Find the centerpiece of your living room and work your way around it when decorating. Creating a seating area that allows you to enjoy your favorite areas of the room is key. You will also want to choose furniture such as a couch, love seat, and recliner chair that matches the color scheme of your room while also providing you comfort.
The type of lighting you have in the living room can make all the difference in your mood. There is ambient lighting for general areas, track lighting for a more focused approach, wall sconces for subtle lighting, and accent lighting to draw attention to your favorite decor. Try to have a few different types of lighting in the living room for different occasions.
Bringing a little nature into your home can add a relaxing touch. Houseplants are a great place to start. You can place small plants on a window table, hanging plants in front of a window, or a tree-style plant in a lonely corner. You don’t have to have a green thumb to care for houseplants. There are many different varieties that are easy to care for with low maintenance.
Another way to bring nature into your living room is to bring in a water feature. The sound of water has a natural calming effect and also makes a great conversation piece. You can add an aquarium and enjoy the curious nature of swimming fish or put in a small, lighted water fountain.
There is nothing better than coming home from a hard day at work, kicking off your shoes, and plopping yourself into a cushy chair. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of a water fountain, the setting sun shining gently on plants near a window, and the soft lighting. These are the comforts of home.