>> Thursday, May 16, 2013
The living room is the place in your home where you want comfort and the ability to relax without the rigors of work. It's where you can let yourself go, be lazy, and not have to answer to anyone but yourself. So, with a few different ideas, you can design a living room all your own. One that's original yet comfortable, chic yet engrossing. Here are 5 brilliant ideas of how to be the envy of all your friends when it comes to your main living space.
1. The Retro
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Now that retro is again a trendy choice for any modern apartment or home, use your knowledge of Austin Powers and your flower power to design a vintage living room. Concert posters (Hendrix, Joplin, Floyd, etc), bright colors, and exotic patterns are all up for grabs. And don't forget those Andy Warhol prints.
2. The Man Cave
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This idea isn't exclusive to men. People of both sexes love the different aspects of the man cave, including sports, movies, video games, gambling, drinking, etc. So, take your favorite aspects of bachelor life (generally geared toward your hobbies and interests) and transform it into your own idea.
3. Unique Wall Art
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The key to a distinctive living room isn't always the obvious such as furniture, TVs, and stereos. Tasteful wall art adds a totally original aspect to the room. Consider hanging vintage posters or portraits, or try a different approach and hang other objects. Examples include silver dinner trays, frames without pictures, pictures without frames, license plates, beer signs, etc. Or install chalkboards or paint a mural to create your very own wall art.
4. The Hot Tub
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This may be a little outrageous, but who hasn't, at least at some point, thought about having an indoor hot tub installed in their living room? With a little planning (remember, you don't want flooring that will warp due to moisture), this idea is conceivable.
But you also want to be careful. If you live in San Diego, for instance, you'd want to check with a company like Prosource Flooring in San Diego
to clarify the best flooring solutions. They won't laugh at you; nor should they, because if you'll be the envy of everyone if you're successful.
5. The Furniture Ad Lib
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Furniture tends to be the most expensive portion of interior design. So why not cut the costs involved by creating your own makeshift furniture? Now, I'm not saying use the college life idea of milk crates, but some creative thinking can go a long way. For example, use a stack of books you've already read to create a functional end table. Or find old car bench or bucket seats at the junkyard for seating. Even old windows and two by fours can create a stylish coffee table. The choice is yours. Think outside the box.
These are just a few of the seemingly endless amount of ideas out there for your living room. Don't feel overwhelmed though. Take a few minutes (or hours or days) to really decide what you want. Then remember, there are no stolen ideas, only tweaked ones. Everything is original to the right person.