While the kitchen may be the hub of the home, the living room is where everyone in the family can relax and unwind. Creating this room so that its cozy and inviting atmosphere ensures each person feels welcome and safe there. But when the furniture — particularly the sofa — isn’t comfortable, no one wants to hang out there for too long.
This furniture is the living room’s centerpiece, so it’s worth investing in a quality sofa that will last for years. If that’s not in your budget right now, though, and your current couch leaves much to be desired in looks and comfort, you aren’t ‘stuck.’ Revamping your sofa to make it more appealing could be as simple as changing the cushion covers!
Yes, that old couch just needs a little new life breathed into it, and it’ll be the main family attraction in your home once again. It doesn’t take much money, time, or DIY know-how to take your couch from blah to wow, either. Here, we’ll share 3 creative ideas to do the job and give your current sofa a new lease on life.
1. Add Some Texture
There are seven elements of interior design taught to those in the art industry, and one of these principles is texture. This element is created through either visual or actual texture.
Often linked with the term pattern, texture is viewed as a layer that decorates or accents a space, like your sofa. Look at the current texture you have. You might describe it as smooth, soft, plush, stiff, or scratchy. From this view, you can decide whether you like it and want to keep it or are ready for something different.
If you love your couch’s texture but aren’t thrilled with other features, like comfort or color, that will lead you to your next choices. The couch may need more comfy cushions, so you could add some padding to them or invest in throw pillows. Or you love the comfort, but the upholstery is old and outdated, making cushion covers ideal.
Adding texture can be simple if you use various patterns, shades, and colors to create your desired look. Prints and patterns add depth and appeal to a space while changing the actual texture — reupholster the sofa, add some throw pillows, layer blankets — is a tangible difference.
2. Rearrange the Room
In the same way that a haircut or new clothes changes your look but keeps the actual appearance the same, rearranging your living room can give your sofa an overhaul.
Sometimes, all it takes for the couch to increase its appeal is to pair it next to an accessorizing piece that makes the furniture pop or place it in the right spot in the room. Where your furniture is arranged impacts your senses when you walk into the area. If everything is crammed together haphazardly just to ensure it fits, or if there are too many of those seven elements we discussed in a small space, the result overwhelms your brain.
Take a few minutes to view your living room area and everything that is stored inside it. Are there any spots in particular that seem to upset your peace when you glance at them? Is there anything in the room that isn’t necessary?
Remove the objects that don’t “fit” your goal for the room, then rearrange the furniture. If you love your sofa, ensure it is the centerpiece, and adjust the rest of the pieces to flow around it. Consider moving it to another room if something doesn’t match your desired look.
3. Renew the Sofa
Then again, maybe it is the sofa causing the problem, and if you could just replace it, the rest of the living room would be fine. But buying a new couch isn’t in your near future, so you must figure out another way to make the space more appealing.
As we mentioned earlier, you can buy some extra time with your sofa by reupholstering it. Depending on your skill level and time, you can replace the cushion covers or invest in completely new upholstery and a DIY YouTube video that teaches you how to take off the old couch skin and replace it with the new fabric.
Each of these three tips will breathe life into that tattered old sofa and give you what resembles a brand-new couch!