But nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find, firstly a home with an old-fashioned fireplace, and secondly a decor that puts the fireplace at the centre of attention. In fact, since the apparition of the TV, the living room decor has been transformed dramatically. The average Briton spends about 24 hours a week watching television. Yes, you read it right, it’s the equivalent of one day every week. Most of us, however, admit that while turning the TV on is a habit when they come back home, but it doesn’t mean they’re actively watching. The main reason why the TV is always on is that it has replaced the fireplace in the living room design. Indeed, your TV is the new focal point. And it’s time to inject more personality to your lounging area to take your eyes off the screen!
Nothing is more powerful than a happy memory. How about dozens of happy memories transforming your blank wall into a giant photo album that puts a smile on your face every single time you look at it? Indeed, making your own gallery wall can be time demanding as you need to select the pictures and order prints of varying sizes. But it’s worth all the time you’ll invest in it. For families, the photo wall is the perfect opportunity to hang your favourite shots and your most precious memories, from the birth of your little bundle of joy to the day you said yes to each other. It’s also the best place to hang the photos of the relatives you don’t get to see as often as you’d like to – parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, for example.
An effective geometric pattern that changes the room
Painting your walls may not seem like the most exciting idea when it comes to creating a focal point, but with a little DIY love, you could do wonders to that blank wall. First things first, if you’re going to use pain as a new accent in the room, it’s a good idea to stay away from the traditional neutral hues, such as Magnolia, Cream and Eggshell. This season’s trend colour is pistachio, and you’d be pleased to know that it’s an excellent choice for a living room. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could consider creating a geometric pattern using painter’s tape. Stick to a reliable brand such as FrogTape, which makes sure that the paint doesn’t bleed through. Then you can let your imagination show the way, from creating a simple colour-block division on the wall to using the tape to make a recurring diamond shape, for instance.
Transform the room for good
Ultimately, if you want to make one section of the room into the new focal point, sometimes the best and most effective way is to consider knocking a wall down. While that might sound like a rather extreme solution, your living room could benefit from the addition of a conservatory extension that lets the natural sunlight through. For small conservatories, you don’t even need planning permission. However, you might need funding from a trustworthy lender such as Buddy Loans, which can help you to get started rapidly. An indoor garden can not only help to purify your indoor air, but it also creates an inviting environment – you’re more likely to enjoy a cup of tea in your new conservatory than in front of the TV!
Nothing but the best sound tech
Forget the TV; you need music to relax. Whether you’re a Spotify addict or you still buy CDs in shops, it might be time to give your old stereo system an upgrade. You can find affordable sound systems that read all your favourite media, including your phone. Imagine, coming back home and relaxing to the soothing sound of Dean Martin’s voice singing Sway. Or perhaps you could have a playful dance with your child on Thriller by Michael Jackson – no child is too ever young to learn the moonwalk!
A little vintage touch
Most of us have a favourite brand when it comes to furniture – and, let’s be honest, family households love IKEA because it’s practical and simple. However, it’s easy to ignore your furniture when everything belongs to the same set. Instead, you can add playful elements to switch the focal point with quirky vintage items. First of all, if you keep your eyes open, you can find excellent quality vintage at a bargain price. But, more importantly, painting your vintage furniture – chalk paint has terrific results even for amateur crafters – can make it stand out even more in the decor. Nothing says look at me like a mellow yellow commode in the lounge!
Pet-lovers: Something monumental for the cat
Last but not least, pet lovers often struggle to introduce pet items into their interior style. The dog bed is often hidden behind the sofa or in the back room. You wouldn’t think of putting the litter tray in the lounge. But, have you considered building an oversized toy for your pet? Cat trees can be surprisingly elegant if you’re handy with woodwork – failing that, you could also order it from a professional! Why should you make your pet a part of your decor: What’s more entertaining than washing your cat climbing and playing? More importantly, it keeps you active because you’re more likely to play with your pet than watch TV.
Of course, creating an Edwardian living room is nothing that would work in the modern household. But you can nevertheless consider some modification to move your TV to the background while you add new focal points.