Fall in Love with Your Home: Living Room
This February is all about loving your home. From the moment you walk in, how do you feel? Anxious? Relaxed? Is it warm and cozy or does it feel stiff and stale? Follow these easy tips to learn how to love your home a little bit more.
The living room is one of the most used rooms in your home. From the flooring to the decor, every surface should be inviting and make you feel welcome and comfortable. From bottom to top, here are some ways to love your living room.
Spruce up your flooring. If you can’t afford to replace the flooring on a whim, give it a good cleaning. For carpets, you can rent a steam cleaner at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot using the recommended cleaning solution. For a natural more eco-friendly cleaning method, use 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water, 2 teaspoons salt, 15 drops of your favorite clear essential oil for scent.
Spray over carpet shaking well between sprays, allow to dry, then vacuum fully. Either way, test a small patch of carpet before overall use to ensure the mix does not stain. For tile, wood, or laminate floors, give them a good normal cleaning and consider adding some comfy area rugs that appeal to you.
Color is everything. Ever walk into a home and felt anxious or uneasy? A lot of that have to do with the color scheme. Right now, the most popular color is a sage-y green. It’s cool, calming, and goes well with any neutral color. But if green isn’t your thing, pick the color that speaks to you.
If your color of choice is bright, use it on an accent wall or cover your couch cushions with it for a pop of color without being too overwhelming (because there is such a thing as too much of a good thing). If neutrals or muted colors are your cup of tea, cover those walls to your heart’s content.
Put what you love on the walls. This will depend on what your style is. For example, if you’re a minimalist, you probably won’t want 25 photos and 10 pieces of art on your walls no matter how neatly organized they are. If bare walls make you love your space, you can totally skip this step. Otherwise, take the photos, artwork, shelving, posters, whatever you love to look at and what makes you happy in places you will see them.
For example, if you love airplanes, consider hanging those aviation themed paintings you bought on your last vacation above your television. Have a large family you can’t wait to see every holiday season? Get some frames and load up your walls with love. The more you see the things that make you smile, the more you’ll love the room.