Does your home have a formal living room? If so, you may find it’s a space you hardly use. Truth be told, you probably only go into that room to give it a dusting now and then.
Although this is the reality for many people, there are some things you can do to make it a more casual space that you and your family can use more often.
Let’s get into five tips to help you make the most of your formal living room.
Tired of working at the kitchen table or on the couch? Do yourself a favour and carve out a little workspace for yourself.
You don’t need much to get started. Just a small desk, a chair, a light, and your computer and you should be good to go.
Since your formal living room barely gets any use, you’ll find that you now have a quiet workspace that you can call your own and work out of as much as you need it.
- Breakfast Nook
If you find yourself eating breakfast at random spots throughout your home, you definitely need a breakfast nook! This gives you a little spot to enjoy your breakfast with family (or by yourself) before the day gets too hectic.
Find a corner of your formal living nearest to the kitchen where you can set up a cute breakfast spot. Have fun looking through tables and chairs that you can set-up. Then, purchase some fun breakfast-inspired décor to really make your spot something special.
- Reading Nook
Speaking of nooks, are you a big reader? Whether you read books on your phone or love the feel of a real book, set-up an unused area in your formal dining room for a reading nook.
Outfit the space with a comfy chair, a fun reading light, and some accents like a rug, throw pills, and a throw blanket.
Curl up here on Sunday afternoons with a cup of coffee and you won’t be disappointed.
Speaking of books, do you have a massive collection of paperbacks that you’ve been dying to display? Well, now you can! Rearrange your living room furniture to give you a space to set up a few bookshelves. Next, get out all of your books and display them on the shelves and you’ll have the library you always wanted.
Don’t forget to set-up a chair and a reading light so you can enjoy your books in this space too!
- Play Space
Tired of having toys all over your home? If so, using a corner of your formal living room to set up a play space is a fantastic idea! Use this area to create a kid-friendly spot with a fun rug, some toy storage, and all of your kid’s toys.
The best part about this option is that your kids will have a dedicated play area that will (hopefully) be the spot where they keep all of their toys!
What will you be changing your formal living room into?