No one wants to come home to a living room that looks messier than it really is. You might not notice these daily things making it look messier, but your guests sure will. By changing a few small things around or finding unique storage solutions around the home, your living room will instantly look more put together and polished. Read on to learn the three things that make your living room look messier than it really is.
1. Exposed Electrical Cords
With so many electronics in the home, it’s no wonder we can end up with a mess of cords. Exposed electrical cords not only look bad but they can be a tripping hazard as well. The good news is that this is an easy problem to fix as there are many ways to cover your cords. For cords that hang down walls, consider installing a cord cover and then having it painted in the same colour as your wall. This is a quick and easy project for a handyman to handle and will instantly make your living room look tidier.
Another option is to hide your cords inside the wall. This project is a bit more involved as you will have to be careful of electrical wires behind your walls. This is a great option for wall-mounted devices such as TVs and speakers. Hire a handyman or electrician to take care of this task for you. You never want to work on a project yourself that has to do with electrical systems you’re unfamiliar with. Keep you and your home safe and hire a pro to help with this project.
2. Uncared for Cushions
First impressions matter, even when it comes to your furniture. If your couch cushions look crushed down and lumpy, it will create a bad impression every time you look at it. Crushed, lumpy pillows say no one who lives here cares what this room looks like, even if you really do. Take a couple minutes to fluff out your pillows so they look nice again. The same goes for any other furniture in your home with cushions, give them a little fluff so they look better. If you want to take it one step further consider having these items cleaned professionally so they look brand new. In addition to your living room looking better, it will also smell fresher thanks to a professional cleaning.
3. Scattered Small Objects
Small objects that float around our coffee tables and other surfaces have a way of making things look messier than they really are. While they may be items with purpose, such as TV remotes and candles, being precariously placed can make them seem more like clutter. The easiest way to combat this? Group your small items together. Whether on a tray or in a basket, miscellaneous small items will instantly look like they’ve got purpose once grouped together.
If you’re looking for a way to show off your tchotchkes and smaller items without having them look like clutter, consider custom shelving. Whether you opt for full built-ins around your TV or just want some nice display shelves hung, a pro on HomeStars can help you with your project. Consider reaching out to a handyman for something simple or a custom builder for something unique.
Who would have thought that by making these three simple changes, the appearance of your entire living room can be improved! No longer will you spend time cleaning and still have a room that looks messy. When you’re ready to take care of these easy projects, simply click on the banner below to be connected with pros in your area. A tidier living room is only a few clicks away.
Article Updated June 2022.