For years you’ve dreamed of making your living room a retreat from the outside world, free from the stresses and strains that come with everyday life. However, so far you are yet to turn this dream into a reality because the truth is you’re not 100 percent sure how to go about it.
You may have pinned some ideas on Pinterest and played around with a few design ideas in a sketch pad, but that’s as far as you’ve gone to transform your living room into the retreat that you’ve always dreamed it could be. However, there’s nothing more that you would love to do than transform your lounge, creating a highly relaxing space.
To help you to do that, below we’ve put together some ideas that may come in useful. Take note of these, implement them, and you can create the most incredible space.
Become a minimalist
When it comes to creating a relaxed and tranquil area in your home, one of the most important things is to get rid of any clutter. The fact is that clutter causes us to feel more stressed and makes it harder to relax. So to make your living room more of a retreat from the outside world, it’s important to ensure that it’s free of any unnecessary clutter. Admittedly, becoming a minimalist isn’t always easy and can take time, but it’s a change that’s worth making, as you will feel much better for it. Spend some time going through the items in your living room – anything that you no longer want or need, get rid of.
Keep technology to a minimum
Packing out your living room with technology might make it look stylish, but when it comes to relaxation, it’s not conducive. While you could opt to ban technology from your living room altogether, this isn’t exactly practical. After all, there are sure to be some nights when you want to spend the evening watching TV and drinking wine, and for that, a TV is a must. It’s also nice to have a speaker in your living room, so that should you want to listen to some tunes, you can do. Don’t banish technology from your living room, instead find ways to keep it out of sight. For example, place your music speaker and laptop into a cupboard when not in use, this will help to ensure that the room stays feeling and looking tranquil. Place the TV inside a cabinet, so that it can be shut away. Or, if your TV is on the wall, consider investing in some 4K screensavers that depict relaxing things, such as a fireplace or a coral reef. This will distract from what the TV is used for, and help to create a more tranquil atmosphere.
Decorate in neutral or natural shades
Colors have a big impact on your mood, so when it comes to selecting the perfect shades for your living room retreat, it pays to be selective. Research has shown that the most calming and tranquil colors are natural and neutral shades. For neutrals think white, gray, and beige, for naturals, think moss green, sea foam blue, and tan. To give your living room a calming look and feel, select one of these colors for the walls. If you’re not a fan of simplicity, consider adding an accent wall using wallpaper with a subtle pattern, which comes in either a neutral or natural shade.
There you have it, a guide to making your living room the retreat that you have always dreamed it would be.
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