“Ah, there’s no place like home!” Chloe Taylor states in her next terrific article for Casart Coverings. But does your house really feel like home or does it lack detail, character and warmth of a family nest? If you feel like there’s something missing from your humble abode, it’s usually only a few final finishing touches that will make your living room unique, personal and stylish. Here’s what you can do.
Boost Your Architecture
Modern homes rarely sport embellishments like tall elaborate windows, ceiling décor elements or molded wall-panels (box wall trims), so if you happen to have these traditional architectural elements in your home, make sure to show them off. Once you make them stand out, you won’t even need too much decoration to achieve a finished look. Add some texture to your fireplace, expose your ceiling beams or repaint moldings and trim for a great aesthetic effect.
Add Interest to Walls
Painting an accent wall is always a good way to put the cherry on top of your interior design style. However, if you don’t feel like making a mess, you can add interest to your walls in a different, but equally stylish way — with wallpaper! Choose an accent wall, cover it with an elegant, geometric wallcovering and watch as it instantly boosts the entire look of your home. It doesn’t even have to cover the entire wall to make a visual statement. Contemporary wallcoverings come in countless colors, patterns and styles, are easy to put up and remove and Casart Coverings’ version can even be reused! It’s a perfect solution for those who often change their interior design style and love to experiment with patterns but don’t want to get “stuck” with permanent wallpaper.
Don’t Scrimp on Furniture
Did you know that you can make your beautiful living room even more attractive with nothing else but a stylish sofa? A beautiful leather lounge will elevate the style of your entire space and make it more sophisticated with its timeless, yet modern look. Just make sure to opt for only the best quality leather and manufacturing to bring your living room design to a whole new level! Additionally, you can further boost the comfort with a few decorative pillows to match your leather sofa. Again, be careful what you invest in! Cheap store-bought pillows can ruin the beautiful aesthetics of your lounge. So, don’t scrimp on this investment. Choosing larger custom-made pillows will make your lounge area even more comfortable and sophisticated.
Sure, houses you see in the catalogue might look amazing, but they greatly lack character and that’s why they look unfinished. So, make sure to find things that describe you and your family and display it in your home for a finishing touch of personality! If you love music, display a vintage instrument or show off your travel souvenirs if you live to explore the globe. It’s those little details that actually tell the story of the person or family that inhabits the home, and that’s what makes it perfectly finished!
Light It Up
Many people simply put up a lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling and think they’re finished when it comes to lighting. But it’s amazing what kind of effect good illumination can achieve for your aesthetics! A finished living room has layered lighting with various light sources for various tasks (chandeliers, table and floor lamps, sconces and even candles count). And don’t forget to install a dimmer for a soft ambiance!
Splurge on Artwork
Blank walls look everything but finished, so add some beautiful art to them and provide them with some personality. Of course, not every wall has to be covered with canvases and photos, but do include at least a few interesting pieces to your living room. It’s always best to invest in original art, so visit your local art gallery, grab a canvas you need (don’t be scared to go big!!!) and enrich your home with art. And who knows, after a few years, you might have a real treasure hanging on your walls!
Decorate with Flowers
It’s truly amazing what only a smidgen of nature can do for your home’s interior! Oftentimes, all your living room needs to look perfect is a simple bouquet placed on the coffee table or mantel. Take only several flowers (those that belong to a single style always go well together) and arrange them in a simple round vase. For a more casual and natural look, mix buds and open flowers and even introduce some greenery to the mix. Flower arrangements will both look amazing and add a fresh scent to your space.
These seven tips will certainly make your living room look elegant, polished and complete with these simple finishing touches. Choose a few of these design elements for your space and get to work! You’ll love the results!
We are pleased to have another article contributed by Chloe Taylor. Many thanks!
About the author:
Chloe is an interior design consultant from Adelaide, South Australia and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.