6 things you need to get rid of in your living room right now

 Declutter your room first

Declutter your room first

When was the last time you made changes in your living room?  It doesn't have to be complicated.  

However, there are things you need to get rid of in your living room right now.

If it's been a while, maybe it's because you're afraid of how difficult change can be. I understand that feeling, but know this - we must accept  sometimes change needs to happen in order to create an inviting space. Let's look at whats holding you down and keeping you unhappy with an outdated look that needs to go. 

 Paint over the faux finish

Paint over the faux finish

#1 thing to get rid of in your living room is clutter

Clutter is the biggest problem most people have when it comes to home decor. Clutter can be defined as untidy collections of things. This clutter distracts from the beauty of the room and it gives an overwhelming feeling that your room is about to bust at the seams. 

Donate what you don't love anymore, and find new ways to store items in your room with hidden storage. This could be in the addition of drawers, baskets or just by relocating the of items that distract. 

#2 thing to get rid of in your living room is faux finishes

 Get rid of outdated wallpaper

Get rid of outdated wallpaper

Faux finishes were quite popular in the 90's. However, times are a-changing! All those curves and splotches and swirls aren't fresh anymore - this look is now dated. Painted walls are now popular in simple one color solid looks. Grays are taking over homes because they give a more polished look with less fluff. Try a cleaner look by using more solids and fewer patterns. Remember - think simple. 

#3 thing to get rid of in your living room is wallpaper and murals

As if faux finishes were not enough, bright and bold wall paper and murals were very stylish - twenty years ago! Murals brought a whole new look to a room by almost adding a feeling of bringing the outside in, and wallpapers brought extra patterns and color to the room. That may sound nice, but the end result was often busy and distracting. Talk about patterns galore! I mean, I hate to break it to you but if you sold your home today, the first thing the new owner would do is paint over that mural. Part with it now and see how fresh and expansive your space can feel.

#4 thing to get rid of in your living room is the touch lamp

 Get on board with technology

Get on board with technology

Change out your lamp. Yeah, I know it still works, but does it really? Sure, the light still cuts on and off, but if you still own a touch lamp then it's seriously time to consider a change. We used to like touch lamps because they gave you the advantage of being able to just walk in a room and touch your lamp and voila! Your room was well lit. If you're looking for an easy but more modern way to turn on and off the light, try the new Phillips Hue. When combined with a Google home, you can walk in the room and just ask it to turn on the light in your room and it will light your way.  (Talk about easy!)

#5 thing to get rid of in your living room is the border rug

Border rugs were a great way to define a sitting area, but they're no longer in style. Any rug that fits around your sitting area can define the area without the border. Many carpet stores can use any carpet to put a binding or edging on. Opt for a carpet with a tonal look with a bit of pattern. This will add a bit of depth to space with out a lot of busy pattern. Most pre-made area rugs today are big and bold with color and patterns so furnishings in the room should have a smaller simple pattern. 

#6 thing to get rid of in your living room is the flower power

 Lose the flower power sofa

Lose the flower power sofa

Remember the days when the big arm roll sofas were popular with lots of big floral prints? These giant floral prints can make the living room look like a jungle! Try opting for a simple neutral color sofa and add your color with brighter pillows. Don't skimp - go for a fabric that is sturdy and will last longer for the sofa. Pillows should be used sparingly, so get a few, but make them stand out just as well by choosing bigger sizes. 

Decorating does not have to be scary. There are just a few things in your room you need to move past. Try to remove some of these items in your living room and see if you can create a new look. 

If you can't figure out how to get past the clutter or don't know where to start, this is the best place. My free 6 week course will jumpstart your design project and celebrate your empty nest. This course walks you though exactly how to get started and how to begin to find your style again. I will be there to walk you through the course everyday. d

Maybe you need help and are no one that enjoys figuring out your own decor projects.  I have plans to help whether you need just a little advice or a whole room makeover. See which of my design services here can help you ditch the outdated pieces and love your new look.