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5 Things You Need to Get Rid Of in the Living Area

Let these handy reminders help you achieve a welcoming and well-thought-out space

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Aside from being the first room we see upon stepping inside the space, the living room is also where we welcome guests and spend some quality time with the family. As homeowners, we want it to be homey and inviting, with enough seating pieces to accommodate everyone. There are those who complete it with different kinds of pillows and décor, too.

Since we want to make a good impression, we sometimes overlook a few key elements that make a living area truly relaxing and functional. Give it a good look today and make some notes—do you have an awkward-looking chair or do you have too many pillows? These factors can make or break the cozy look you’re going for. To help you achieve a streamlined space that’s still comfy, here are 5 things you need to eliminate from your living area stat:


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Extra décor and accessories

Do you really need to display a ton of coffee table books in the living area? How about those vases? The coffee table is where we set up vignettes so it’s important that you turn it into a captivating and organized focal point. Keep it minimalist by showcasing around two to three books that you really like and choose mini potted plants as part of the setup. Having catchalls for the remote and AC controls helps as well.

Pillows that don’t serve a purpose

We all want to get comfy in the living area but you may want to limit the pillows you have to avoid eyesores. Sometimes, throw pillows look out of place because we have around 10 to 15 of them crowding the sofa. Limit the number on your couch and keep the extras accessible just in case you’re expecting guests.


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Broken bulbs and bad lighting

Since most living areas are situated near the window, natural light plays a big role in keeping it bright and airy. If this is not the case, it’s best to invest in good lighting—a chandelier or lovely pendant lamps can do the trick. Get rid of broken bulbs, lamps that don’t work, and fixtures that cast an eerie shadow on the space.

Tangled and visible wires

Wires can instantly ruin the sleek and streamlined look you’re going for. From TV connections to electric fan wires—these are eyesores that don’t complement your décor. Keep these in place using hooks and cable ties you can easily find at hardware stores. When it comes to installing appliances like TVs and AC units, there are ways to conceal the unsightly wires properly. Click here to learn how.

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Boring corners

We don’t want to have an overdecorated space, but it will not look good if there’s a corner that seems out of place. Spruce up these nooks by adding an indoor plant or adding a slim shelf where you can keep some of your books and accessories. Make sure that whatever you add to the area contributes to its overall look.

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Bonus Tip: Similar to how you’ll edit the décor and accessories you have, apply the same rule to the furniture pieces. Is there a chair that seems out of place? Are you comfortable in it? Get rid of items that don’t work and allot a space for furniture that can improve the look and feel of your living area.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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