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How to Give Your Living Room a Modern Makeover

How to Give Your Living Room a Modern Makeover

Have you ever taken a look at a minimalist’s living room and thought, “I’d love to live in a space like that!” If so, you’re not alone. Modern living rooms are one of the most popular styles among today’s consumers. If you want to give your living room a modern makeover, here are a few tips to get you started.

Let the Sun Shine In

The more natural light the better, it gives the feeling of being airy and bring despite their size. Consider sheer curtains and blinds, this way the light can shine in while the blinds give some modicum of privacy. Mirrors and other shiny accessories reflect natural light, which lighten and brightens the space making it feel larger.

Contemporary Living Room by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Molly McGinness Interior Design

Contemporary Living Room by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Molly McGinness Interior Design

Keep the Clutter Factor Low

Empty the room, and bring your furniture in piece by piece when you have an arrangement that you like STOP. Everything else needs to be re-homed. If your sofa is too big try a loveseat instead.

Contemporary Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators valerie pasquiou interiors + design, inc

Contemporary Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators valerie pasquiou interiors + design, inc

Paint Wall Trimmings a Lighter Color Than Your Walls

Light colored trim makes the wall behind it recede, appearing further away from the onlooker.

Traditional Family Room on Houzz

Traditional Family Room on Houzz

Paint the Ceiling

Whether you choose to use light or dark colors, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls – or even one shade lighter – creates a curved effect, giving the room an airy feeling.

Traditional Living Room by Washington Interior Designers & Decorators Sroka Design, Inc.

Traditional Living Room by Washington Interior Designers & Decorators Sroka Design, Inc.

Make a Big Entrance

In a small apartment, use a bold color near the entrance. This will separate and define your space and creates a wow factor upon entry. Consider painting an accent wall, which provides the illusion of depth.

Contemporary Family Room by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Touch Interiors

Contemporary Family Room by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Touch Interiors

Get Hooked Up

For any small space, a hook can be a multipurpose place to hang everyday items like a bag but can also be used for more long term items jackets, hats, coats. Hooks can be plastic, brass, large or small contingent upon their usage.

Eclectic Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Corynne Pless

Eclectic Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Corynne Pless

Display & Storage

A bookshelf can pull double duty; first as a display cabinet and second as a storage unit, using colored cloth baskets and boxes. Maximize forgotten space, and use the space you have generously.

Modern Living Room by Philadelphia Furniture & Accessories usona

Modern Living Room by Philadelphia Furniture & Accessories usona

Use Furniture as a Divider

Clearly divide areas in small spaces using your furniture. For example, use your couch to create two sections in a great room. Or, use a bookshelf to divide up a large loft.

Modern Living Room by Chicago Tile, Stone & Countertops StonePeak Ceramics

Modern Living Room by Chicago Tile, Stone & Countertops StonePeak Ceramics

Maintain Blank Surfaces

Counter space fills up fast in a small space, so maximize vertical areas wherever you can. Try sconces, recessed, or shelf lighting instead of lamps that sit on the floor taking up valuable space, or that need a table. Go vertical and add shelves where you can, you’ll be surprised at how much extra space you do have.

Transitional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Cory Connor Designs 

Transitional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Cory Connor Designs

Have you given your living room a make over recently? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the GetVailAz.com. She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

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