Do you ever wonder what it would take to recreate the same cozy living room you see on your favorite TV show?
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home after a hard day at work, plop down on a sectional sofa, turn on the fireplace, and sip a glass of wine?
You can create a stylish, luxurious living room by adding the following features to your home:
1. A fireplace that matches your décor
A cozy home begins with a comfortable couch or loveseat facing a beautiful fireplace.
Nothing beats reading the morning paper in front of a fire with a cup of coffee in hand, and a plate of homemade blueberry pancakes on the side table. If you don’t have a fireplace, it’s time to get one.
If you think installing a fireplace in your home is difficult, think again.
A traditional fireplace does require a chimney vented to the outside of your home, but you have other options.
There are electric fireplaces, ventless fireplaces, and infrared heaters that look like fireplaces.
Don’t have available wall space? No problem.
You can get a free-standing fireplace on wheels. Just like a traditional fireplace, a free-standing fireplace can be used during a power outage when powered by natural gas or propane.
2. A wall-mounted flat screen TV
There’s no reason not to buy a wall-mounted flat screen TV today. They’re so affordable, you can probably buy one right now without putting a dent in your budget.
If you’re not picky about having perfect color, you can pick up a 32” flat screen TV for less than $200 from Walmart.
Even the 55” Samsung TVs are less than $400. If you’ve got the budget, you can invest in a high-quality QLED or OLED TV for a few thousand dollars.
If you’re particular about sound, don’t buy a cheap surround sound system for your home.
You’ll regret it the moment you connect to your music playlist; your favorite artist will sound like they’re singing inside your garbage can.
3. A big houseplant
Nothing says luxury more than luscious, green leaves. Bamboo is a good choice for a houseplant because it doesn’t require frequent watering, and it’s an exceptionally hearty plant.
Bamboo leaves are beautiful and almost look like feathered fans.
An additional benefit to adding at least one big, green houseplant to your living room is that plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in the air in just 24 hours.
Plants literally make you feel better, reduce stress, and boost your mood.
4. A velvet couch
Velvet and velour scream luxury before you even sit down. Just be sure to get a modern style velvet couch.
Skip the thrift store velvet furniture. The key to making velvet work in your living room is to buy a deep, rich color like indigo or cascadia blue.
A dark colored velvet couch will match just about any color scheme, even light color schemes.
5. A fancy table
You need some kind of table – a bit bigger than an end table – to use in front of your fireplace.
Get a table with fancy or ornate legs that you can use for everything from creative projects to eating dinner. You need a table that functions like a coffee table, but smaller and taller.
This is also the table you’ll most likely use to write out your Christmas cards in front of the fire. Get a table that makes you feel inspired and luxurious.
6. Sheer curtains
If you’ve got heavy drapes covering the windows in your living room, replace them with sheer curtains.
Sheer curtains will let more light in, and make your living room appear elegant. Sheer curtains work with just about every window.
You can bring out the heavy drapes in the winter time if you need help retaining the heat, but trade them in for sheer curtains the moment spring rolls around.
Don’t forget the guests
Your new, luxurious living room isn’t complete without guests to enjoy it. Invite your friends over for coffee or tea. Sit by the fire and connect.
Elegance and luxury are best when you can share the experience with others.