The living room is the room in which we spend the most time as a family, but it’s also the one that usually gets overlooked as it becomes a dumping ground for backpacks, toys and clutter. It doesn’t have to be that way. Although my home decor is ever-changing (Many of my friends kid me when they come over and notice a new rug, lighting fixture or organizational system!), I believe that all well-decorated rooms take time. It takes time to learn not only how to get the most out of your space, but also what your unique style may be. Here are three simple changes that can make your living room more enjoyable and organized.
Add Greenery. How fitting that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is “Greenery.” It’s a refreshing color that would bring life to any room in your home. Add a Fiddle Leaf Fig, a ceramic pot or a throw in this color to brighten up the room. You’d be surprised how many color combinations go with this bright shade of green.
Organize Toys. My living room is also the main play space for our two young children. Toys rule the house, but I found large totable bins from The Container Store and I’m now able to hide most of the toys on our built-in shelves. When we entertain after the kids are in bed, none of the toys can be seen.
Declutter and pare down decorative items. About twice a year, I take everything out of my built-ins and bookshelves in order to inventory what I seriously love and want to keep, and what can go. Do this yourself! Donate items you don’t love or are outdated to keep things simple and fresh.
Originally published in the February 2017 edition of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Check out the digital issue here.