Seven easy ways to create a calm living space

Chucking a throw over the sofa or hanging some new artwork does more than just make your home look nice though, creating a nice, cosy living space can also help your wellbeing. Brightly lit rooms, for example, have been shown to improve depression and anxiety, while indoor plants can help boost your mood and reduce stress levels.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with some quick and easy wins to make your living room into a sanctuary. None of these ideas cost much or take much time but you could be getting yourself a whole new living space 

Cut the clutter
Studies have shown that messy rooms and too much clutter can cause stress so the first step in creating a peaceful lounge is to get rid of the stuff you have lying around. Once you’ve ditched anything that you no longer need or put it away in the right place, why not splash out on some flexible furniture? A foot stool that has hidden storage is so much more useful than a regular old foot stool. Or buy some cool trunks that can be used as coffee tables.

Rearrange the furniture
The easiest way to give your living room a new look without spending a penny is to rearrange the furniture. Pull pieces away from walls, change where you put your sofa and chairs or move the coffee table from the centre of the room to the side. Look at areas of the room that are unused – such as a corner or behind the door – and think of ways to utilise this space. Perhaps put a lamp there or a big indoor house plant? And the great thing if you don’t like the new layout? You can change it all back!

Add soft furnishings
You can never have too many cushions. Fact! They’re an easy way to change things up and add a splash of colour of pattern. If you’re sofa or armchair is a bit worn, a throw can also help change things up, while adding a rug into a living room helps create a focal point and some interest into a boring room.  Try a Berber style rug for a really ‘now’ look – plus they feel lovely under foot, which is never a bad thing! 

Paint a wall
White or magnolia walls are a great backdrop but boy, are they boring. Inject a bit of colour into your lounge by painting just one wall. You don’t need mega DIY skills to do this but it can really transform a wall. Choose a soft green if you want a calming effect, pink for tranquillity and love and blue to help stimulate your brain and intellect.

Create your own art gallery
If the only painting you do is your nails, then the easy way to add some warmth and colour to your walls is by putting art on your walls. Whether you choose to create an on-trend gallery wall or just add a single, large print to one wall, this is your chance to show your personality, as well as jazz up your living space. Personal photos area always a winner as well – try Free Photo Tiles to turn your family favourites into works of art.

Include greenery
Houseplants not only look great and change up your living space, but they’re also good for your health. They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which freshens the air and gets rid of toxins. Don’t just try a bog standard pot in a plant, hanging planters are all the rage now and add a little bit of interest to the eye line. If you kill all things green though, cheat your way to a green utopia with an artificial plant or two – they’re so good these days, no-one will notice that they’re not real!

Create a new colour scheme with accessories
If your budget is tight, choosing quirky accessories in a colour scheme of your choice is a great way to make it look more modern, without having to splash too much cash. Stylists use accessories to ‘dress’ sets, giving it a theme or adding in some colour here and there. A vase, an ornament, a funky mirror, a big candle – choose them in complementing colours to make your living room look ready for its close up!