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8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

Have you taken a look around your living room lately? Is it fairly old and outdated looking? It’s time to bring your room from the stone age to modern times. Here are a few ideas to help modernize your living room.

Add More Windows

Most modern houses have several windows in the living room to allow natural light to pour in. Install several new windows in your living room to add more life to the room instead of making it feel old and stuffy. This also gives you a chance to update all the window treatments in the room. Not only does an increase in natural light make the room feel alive, it can also help cut back on energy costs thanks to not needing to turn on the lights or heat (if it’s winter) during the daytime.

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Install Floating Shelves

Modern rooms are all about streamlining everything, and sometimes that means things can come off the ground. Whether it’s a floating bookshelf or a floating bookcase, it’s fairly easy to make fixtures raised off of the ground. This not only frees the floor from any clutter, but it gives your home a unique look. If you decide to store artwork on the shelves, make sure it’s silver or white — any calm color should do, really.

Get New Furniture

One of the most expensive parts about updating the room is getting furniture to match. You’ll definitely have to either sell or toss everything out and find brand new furniture. Get a couch to optimize your home’s seating and a nice recliner so you can relax in your remodeled living room. You’ll want a coffee table to match, and because we’re going with a modern style, make sure it has a reflective surface with storage space underneath.

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In this instance, “new” could also mean new to you. Check out local wholesalers and yard sales to find gently used furniture for your room. New furniture can quickly add up, so buying used or at wholesale prices might be an ideal tactic when furnishing your living room.

Add Art

Have your walls been feeling a little bare lately? The solution is simple: add some art. There’s no art that can be recommended here because everyone has different artistic tastes. It could be a sculpture; it could be a couple of different pictures designed to complement one another; it could be three-panel art; or it could be a colorful design that you made yourself. Art adds a personal splash of design to whatever room you put it in.

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Hang a Clock

It’s been said that fashion goes out of style and eventually comes back around. Well, with the way technology is advancing, physical clocks kind of went out of style and were replaced by clocks on computers, watches, and cell phones. Things are coming full circle once again, and wall clocks are in style again. Grab a simple, minimalistic clock to add to your wall — preferably one that’s silent.

Place Mirrors on the Wall

Mirrors are a great idea for any space because they really open up the room. The more stylish, the better. It can be a conversation piece for those who visit. Mirrors are very easy to run across second-hand, so check local thrift shops and grab a large, stylish mirror for fairly cheap.

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Turn Your Living Room Into an Office

With so many people telecommuting these days, it only makes sense to have your office at home. If you install a few tiny shelves, or even a floating cabinet, you can add items that you need to it and a desk and chair underneath. This will give you your own workspace if you work from home or frequently telecommute. Thanks to the shelves or cabinet floating on the wall, it doesn’t take up much room, so you can add it to the corner of the room to use space efficiently.

Minimize the TV

So now that you’ve got the room all set up, what are you going to do with the TV? Send it to the corner of the room, if you can. It’ll stay out of the way of the design of your room, but it’s still in a very watchable location. If it’s a realistic option, mount it on the wall. That way, you’ll get it off of the floor entirely.

There are many things you can do to bring your living room out of the stone age, but these are just a few suggestions. Have you ever remodeled a room? If so, what did you do?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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