How to Change Up Your Living Room for the Holidays and Beyond
If you’re like many Americans, you probably don’t love your home decor. In fact, a HomeGoods survey found that only one in five Americans actually feel happy with their decor. What’s worse, 14% of those survey respondents said their furniture and decor actually make them feel gloomy and stressed.
So, what can you do to feel happier in your home? Well, with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to change up your space and bring on some cheer. Many stores have home décor sales and even discounted or free bedroom, dining room, and living room furniture delivery at this time of year. Here’s how you can create a home you will love and save money doing it.
Buy New Furniture
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to update your home is to buy new furniture. Consider the amount of space you have and your budget before you go shopping. Usually, upgrading your living room furniture can have the biggest impact on how you feel about being at home. That’s because the living room is typically the place Americans spend the most time. And, the holidays are a great time to snag a good deal and get your new living room furniture delivery before all your guests arrive.
Think about what’s most important to you in your living room. Is it comfort, function, looks? You can usually find a happy medium to incorporate all three nowadays, but you may want to focus on the sofa to start. If you like to lie around and watch television, you may want a sectional or a sofa and ottoman. If you tend to have more formal gatherings, look at larger sofas and chairs to provide multiple seating options and end tables for people to set down drinks.
Because you want your new furniture to last beyond the holidays, try sofas and chairs in neutral colors. If you have pets or kids, get a sturdy or washable fabric. You can enhance your holiday spirit with bright throw pillows and blankets or soft carpets if you have hardwood floors. Many of these items will be on sale this time of year, or you might get free living room furniture delivery.
Hire a Professional
This may sound like a splurge, but many stores now offer decorating or consulting services. So, when you’re shopping for your new furniture, ask if this is something offered. The sales associate may be able to visit your home, help you choose your furnishings, and then be on-site for the living room furniture delivery to help you arrange everything.
Painting your home can be one of the easiest and least expensive changes that you can make. You may not realize how a drab or dark color can affect your mood. Try neutral or warm tones on the walls. You can add more color with fun artwork, family pictures, or bright curtains. Like throw pillows and blankets, curtains can be changed up for the seasons, as well.
Get More Lighting
Lighting is a crucial detail that many people overlook. You can set different moods in your home just by having a variety of lighting options. You should have a mix of overhead or task lighting, lamps with different wattage, candles, string lights, or even a fireplace to warm things up.
Bring the Outside In
Nothing quite changes the feel of a living room like plants—or a Christmas tree. Year round, try leafy green plants that don’t require a lot of sun if your living room doesn’t get much. Hanging plants by a window work well, and succulents make good low maintenance plants for the living room. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can find artificial plants that look like the real thing.
Adding white birch logs in a basket, branches on a bookshelf, wreaths with berries on windows, or garlands on a doorway can dress up your home for the holidays and even transfer to different seasons with a few adjustments. Just remove the berries and take down the garland, and you’re set.
If you want a cozier home for the holidays and beyond, try some of these simple steps to get the job done. You could improve your mood by doing so.