It doesn’t matter how timeless the look is—at some point or another, every room’s design needs an upgrade. This year, it might be your living room decor that could use some freshening up. How do you know for sure? Pay attention to these six signs and find out whether they apply to you.
1. Your style has changed…but the living room’s style hasn’t
You used to prefer the traditional style, but now you love the chic look that contemporary design can bring to a room. A room that reflects past style preferences isn’t a room that matches your current personality. Consider updating your living room’s decor and furniture with contemporary (or whatever style you like) furniture and decor.
2. You can’t remember the last time you bought new decor
It’s not practical to buy new accessories every year, but going too long without a new piece here and there can cause you to feel bored with your living room’s design. When the look starts to seem stale, freshen up your interior design with new throw pillows or a different wall hanging.
3. You spend more time relaxing in the bedroom than you do the living room
The living room is supposed to be a space where you can unwind after work. If you find yourself choosing the bedroom over the living room, it might be a sign that the living area could use an upgrade. Maybe the room doesn’t feel as comforting or cozy. If that’s the case, a new rug or a few warm colors can give your space a big boost.
4. You can’t watch TV for more than an hour without feeling sore
Your living room is already filled with stylish accessories; it’s your room’s furniture that’s causing problems. Comfortable seating is a must for any living area, so take the time to find a sofa or chair that provides both style and support. You’ll thank yourself the next time you sit down to watch a movie!
5. The room only appears well lit on a sunny day
The living room is a multi-functional room. While there are times when you’ll want the room to be dim or dark (when watching TV, for example), there will also be evenings when you’ll welcome more light. Along with an overhead light, be sure to add task lighting with lamps or wall sconces. You can even install a dimmer switch, which allows you to have more control over the room’s brightness.
6. You avoid hosting company in the living room
If you’re embarrassed to bring others into the living room, that’s a sure sign it’s in need of an upgrade. Pinpoint areas in the design you don’t like and make changes to create a space you love showing off.