Why 2022 Is the Perfect Time to Rethink Your Living Room

Your living room is where you make memories with your loved ones and relax while enjoying your favorite games or shows. If it’s looking a little outdated and bringing you less than joy, now is the ideal time to give it a makeover.

Why now? With gas prices falling and supply chains tightening up, the products you’ll need to revitalize your space are back in stock and becoming more affordable.

Fall is just around the corner, so it’s absolutely the perfect time to rethink your living room. Take a look at the latest ideas from today’s top designers on how to make your space more enticing.

Utilize organic materials

“Organic” is a big buzzword these days when it comes to the food industry, but it’s a hot concept in home design right now as well. 

So what exactly does it mean for your living space? Think about creating an earthy environment and a feeling of effortless comfort. Wood elements, natural textures and fabrics, stone, and warm tones unite to foster an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.

Get rid of clutter and move away from artificial surfaces and sharp angles, and bring in furniture and accents made of naturally-occurring materials with more rounded edges and plenty of cushioning.  

An easy way to get started with a more organic look is to pick a neutral shade for the walls. Painting the room in a new color or perhaps adding an accent color or wall is an affordable and relatively simple method of making your living space look fresh and inviting.  

Bring the outside indoors

Even if you weren’t blessed with a green thumb, indoor greenery improves air quality, removes toxins from your environment, improves your mood, and nurtures feelings of calmness. 

They can also be used to break up a large multi-functional living and dining area into cozier gathering spots. But which plants are best for an indoor setting and hearty enough to survive our climate? 

For inexperienced but enthusiastic new gardeners, there are now several handy smartphone apps to assist you with keeping your greenery alive and thriving. These apps will help you spot the signs of under- or over-watering, too much or not enough light, or when it’s time for re-potting or a fertilizer boost. 

There are actually many different varieties of plants that can thrive inside. Here are just a few of the best-looking and easiest-to-maintain favorites:

  • Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ plant
  • Swiss Cheese plant (Monstera Deliciosa)
  • Incredibly useful Aloe vera
  • Crassula Ovata, commonly called Jade plants
  • Cream spike agave
  • Snake plants, or Sansevieria Trifasciata
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Yucca Gigantea
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

And of course, a huge selection of cacti and succulents do extremely well inside and are ridiculously easy to care for. 

Make it light and airy 

Lots of natural light is a frequent must-have in the minds of many new homebuyers, but not every Chicagoland home is blessed with huge windows and the perfect orientation for catching the most sunlight.

But don’t despair — there are several budget-friendly steps you can take to maximize your home’s natural light and drive away gloom. The most important is to ensure that your home’s windows are spotlessly clean, properly sealed against the elements, and not hidden by outdated heavy drapery or ugly plastic blinds.

People have been using mirrors to add illumination and visual appeal to their homes since Louis XIV built the Palace of Versailles, but you don’t need a king’s ransom to embrace this concept. While mirrored walls go in and out of style more often than big eyebrows, strategically placed hanging mirrors are a classic and versatile element of almost any design style.

If your front door opens directly into your living space, it’s not terribly expensive to replace your old door with something modern featuring a glazed window that lets in light while protecting your privacy.

Certain paint colors will make a room seem much brighter, and a light-colored accent rug will catch the eye and make a room seem brighter. 

Old-fashioned overhead lighting can sometimes make a room seem smaller and darker, so why not add a unique ceiling fan to add interest and keep fresh air moving throughout the year? 

Everyone knows fans are awesome during the hot summer months. But ceiling fans can actually help you lower your heating costs in the winter if you reverse the direction of the blades when cooler weather hits.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Another top designer tip is that everything old is new again. With a renewed focus on sustainability, more homeowners are repurposing old pieces of furniture and home decor to save money, reduce landfill, and showcase their DIY creativity. 

Almost every home has interesting architectural details that are no longer on the cutting edge of popular design trends. But with a little ingenuity, paint, and modern textiles and materials, you can revitalize your home’s living space without spending a fortune. 

Old trunks, bookcases, and tables can easily be refinished and reused in new and exciting ways. Check out sites like YouTube and Pinterest for inspiration and the newest ideas for recycling what you already have into gorgeously stylish and usable art.

Explore the possibilities

Now is the perfect time to tackle those end-of-summer household projects as well as rethink your living room. You don’t have to lay out a lot of cash to get a totally new look for the areas where you relax and enjoy the comforts of home. 

With lower fuel costs and lessening supply chain issues, it’s easier than ever to pick up some on-trend paint shades and everything you need to transform your living space into a welcoming, organic, and sustainable part of your home. 

At Baird & Warner, we’ve been helping people make the most of their Chicagoland homes since 1855. You can depend on us to be by your side through every part of buying or selling your home and beyond. Reach out today to see how we can help make your dreams into reality!

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