When you begin to get a little cabin fever from being in your home, you may just need a change of scenery – inside your home. You can spruce up your living room or family room with just a few decorating tricks. You don’t necessarily need a total redo, but with a few good changes, you can have a room you love spending time in.
Change Your Paint
There is not much that is cheaper than paint or that makes more of a difference. Jewel tones are popular right now and can brighten a space. For a more conservative approach, going with a grey, beige or taupe may be more what you want to do. A dusty sage green could also do the trick. Try a few colors on your wall to see how they look in your home’s lighting. Choose a clean white for woodwork and trim for a nice contrast.
Beef Up Your Fireplace
Take your fireplace from ordinary to extraordinary by adding a new face and mantle. Stacked rock, granite or travertine can dress up the fireplace in styles from formal to rustic. Build up the fireplace front to rise to the ceiling to add height and drama to your room. Do not underestimate the impact your fireplace can have on a room. Choose one of the fireplace surrounds Milwaukee residents are choosing for their homes.
Change Your Lighting
If you are changing up your fireplace, be sure to include some up-lights on either side to make it a true focal point or strip lights that shine out from under the mantle. Add some warm ceiling lighting such as a chandelier for times when you want more light and then add some table or floor lamps to light corners or as accent lighting in dark areas of the room.
Making some improvements in your living areas can make it much more pleasant and cozy to spend time in. You may not even need a vacation to feel refreshed.