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How to make your home cozy and inviting

By Kingsley Adegboye

A cozy living room

A LIVING room is that space in your home where you sit and relax and spend good time with your family and loved ones. A living room therefore, should be comfortable, cozy and inviting both your family and other guests. With a little bit of ingenuity and creativity, you can transform your living room to give it a natural and befitting look. This view was expressed by a Lagos-based interior and events decorator, Mrs. Roseline Alufa.

Declaring that decorating a living room can be fun and a rewarding experience, Mrs. Alufa said it is not all about filling your living room with pieces of lavish and expensive furniture and decorative items as they may end up not making it inviting. According to her, with a little bit of ingenuity and creativity you can transform your dull living room into a warm and welcoming space.

Explaining how to liven up your living room and create a warm and convivial environment for guests and folks, gave the following tips to aid prospective home owners who want to make their homes cozy with decoration.

The first of such tips according to her, is to pick a colour theme that will reflect your taste and personality since the living room is a reflection of your taste and personality. “Paint your living room in pastel yellow or shades of blue to reflect space and light. If you wish to infuse energy and life, go for a brighter shade like dark green or red colours. You can even make it more unique by painting the walls of the living room in divergent colors. If you are on a tight budget or if you don’t wish to change the colours of your walls, keep them as they are and adorn them with nice wall paintings instead. You can even support these paintings with your family photographs by hanging them on your wall in nice photo frames. Wall racks are great options to decorate your living room with. If your living space is a small area, wall racks can be good utilisation of wall space where you can showcase your collection of books, CDs and such items.

She advised against cluttering the walls with too many pictures because doing so will give a clumsy appearance to the living room. “You can make your living room decoration fun and interesting by picking a good decoration theme. You should consult all the members of your family before you pick up a theme for the living room. You don’t need to stuff your living room with expensive pieces of furniture to make it look beautiful. There is absolutely no need to go out of your way to buy lavish furniture,” she said..

“Assuming you have chairs that are in good condition, you may use stylish slipcovers to give them a brand new look. Also, furniture should be placed around a focal point to bring out the desired effect. Pick the focal point in your living room and then place the furniture in groups. Be sure to take necessary measurements before you place the furniture. If you have a large living room, you may also include a few additional chairs and a coffee table along with the chairs”, she noted.


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