Your home is your private retreat and making it as comfortable and relaxing as possible can immensely improve your overall quality of life.
Whether you have a tiny studio in a metropolitan city or a sprawling mansion, investing in good, functional, and cozy spaces in your home can do wonders for your overall health and well-being.
One of the most important, if not the most important, space in your home is your living room. Sure, a lot of people say the kitchen is the most important, such as in a study done by House Digest where 41.44% or a majority of their respondents said so. However, the living room is equally as important.
In the same study, the living room was the 2nd-most important room in the house. And if you and your family haven’t been spending much time in space, then it needs to be redone.
In this article, we’ll talk about creating a living room mood board in the form of a vision board to help you achieve the most comfortable, coziest, and most beneficial space in your home.
BENEFITS OF PUTTING MORE EFFORT ON YOUR LIVING ROOM SPACE
Before we talk about how you can create a living room mood board with the use of a vision board, let’s discuss why you even need to improve your living area in the first place.
While it’s common knowledge that the living room is a place where you come together as a family, welcome guests, and spend time relaxing and unwinding, most people don't realize the multitude of benefits brought about by a cozy and relaxing living area.
In this section, we listed some of the major benefits of making sure your living area is the best room in the house.
Here are the benefits of putting more effort into your living space:
REST AND RELAXATION
You might say your bedroom is the best place for rest and relaxation, but during times of the day when you simply want to relax and unwind but not necessarily sleep, the living room is your best space.
You can read a book without being tempted to lay down and take a nap; you can listen to music without being lulled to sleep; you can watch shows on TV with your family after a long day at work, and so on.
Aside from your bedroom, making your living room cozy can help reduce stress levels, provide you with opportunities to relax and be entertained, and provide a space to unwind.
A beautiful living room can promote more connection with your loved ones. While a kitchen is a place where you eat food and is a high-traffic area, you don’t really have good conversations since you’re busy cooking or preparing food.
A living area provides a space where family members are relaxed and can have good conversations. It’s also the space where you can entertain friends or guests, welcome them into your home and make them feel comfortable.
You can create different zones in your living room for each family member, creating personal retreats while still being in the same space together. You can have your little reading corner, while your teenage daughter can enjoy social media on the couch, and your little boy can do homework on the coffee table, and so on.
It brings the family together while still offering individual spaces to enjoy yourselves individually.
TIPS FOR CREATING A LIVING ROOM MOOD BOARD
Here are the tips for creating a living room mood board:
CREATE A GOAL
Create a list of things you want to achieve with your living room. Do you want to achieve social connection, entertainment, or relaxation? Creating a goal or purpose will give you a guide on what steps you need to take next.
CHOOSE A THEME
Do you want to make your living room tropical? Or timeless and classic? Or maybe having a Moroccan style? Choosing a theme can help prevent your living room style and function from becoming too cluttered or chaotic.
START COLLECTING IMAGES
You can use interior design magazines to find the images that resonate with how you want your living room to look. Or, you can also use social media pages, Pinterest, and other online platforms to look for ideas.
Once you’ve collected images of living room inspirations, you can now start making your living room vision board.
CREATE YOUR LIVING ROOM MOOD BOARD
Choose from a digital mood board or a physical board. A digital mood board can be made using free online collage platforms, like Pinterest, Canva, and other free software. What makes it a great choice is it’s easy and fast to make, you have access to billions of images, and you can access it through any device.
You can also make a physical living room mood board with the use of a board, cut-out images, and other materials.
You can also use vision board kits to make your living room mood board. These kits have everything you need to make one, from a sturdy board to hundreds of images, mounting putty, stickers, and even motivational words.
We recommend The Vision Cloud’s Original Vision Board Kit, which contains a large foldable board, mounting putty, 100 pictures, 40 stickers, and 60-word cards to create your mood board. Supplement the pictures with images of living rooms that resonate with your vision, and other important details.
We’ve also written a great article about this vision board kit, which you can find here.
USE THE MOOD BOARD AS YOUR BLUEPRINT
Use your mood board as your blueprint when buying new furniture, new decor, lighting, plants, and other items you need for your new living room. Look at your mood board and visualize the living area you want to create or improve.
If you made a digital mood board, you could access your collage when you hit the stores to purchase items. You can also mount your board in your living room as you’re rearranging or organizing the space.
TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR LIVING ROOM SPACE
We’ve collected a few tips to help you make your living room a place of relaxation, connection, and entertainment for you and your family.
We also incorporated a few Feng Shui elements into this list. Feng Shui is a Chinese practice that aims to harmonize energies in the environment to create a functional, well-organized, and peaceful space.
Here are some tips you can include in your living room vision board:
Clutter messes up the flow of energy in a space. Remove anything in your living room you are no longer using, and make sure the space is clean and tidy so it’s visually appealing and peaceful to the eye.
Natural lighting is very important in Feng Shui, so make sure you have large windows and you can open them up to allow sunlight to come through. You can also use ambient lighting or task lighting if you use your living area to read or do some work.
ORGANIZE THE ROOM
Use shelves, cabinets, or ottomans with hidden storage to help clear clutter, organize your things, and make it easier to maintain a clean space.
Mirrors can expand any space making it look larger than it is, creating the illusion of an expansive living area. However, you must place it in a spot where it reflects positive energies, such as your kitchen, nature, or other areas with good energies. Avoid placing it in front of doors, which can reflect back the good luck that’s coming in.
USE NATURAL ELEMENTS
Use plants or natural elements in your space to create a harmonious and balanced vibe. Plants are also known to purify the air, promote vitality, and encourage calm and relaxation.
Choose a color palette and stick to it. Base your color palette on your overall theme, personal style, and your living room goal.
If you want your living space to be more lively and energetic, use warm colors such as reds, browns, oranges, and yellow. If you want your living area to be a place of calm, use blues and greens.
If you want the space to be both a place of relation and entertainment, opt for a neutral color palette that allows the space to be transformed. Neutral colors include grays, nudes, whites, and browns.
A living room mood board can help transform your living room into a space that gets overlooked into your family’s favorite spot in your home. It is one of the most important areas of your house, so making it a place of relaxation, connection, and entertainment can greatly improve your quality of life.
When it comes to desiring the life we want, it starts with you. But it can also be impossible to achieve if you don’t start where you are.
Be grateful for what you already have now, and gratitude can start with yourself and your home. Make your kitchen, bedroom, and living area a place where you feel the love and beauty of the world.
Get started with a living room mood board that can help you make the first step to living the life you want to attract.