One of the simplest ways to update your apartment (without risking your security deposit) is to get some new furniture! Modern furniture design allows you to express your individuality in your living room thanks to a wide array of affordable, functional designs. Shiny accents and pops of color can turn your apartment into a brand new space!
Our favorite trend in 2019 can be seen in throwback textures and textiles – chintz patterned wallpaper, velvet upholstery, handmade pillows and crochet blankets can add bright, eye-catching color accents and textures without spending a fortune. Look for bold, brilliant colors to dress up your existing furniture and add some appeal to your sofa.
Current design trends take a new look at traditionally sofa-centered living rooms, favoring statement pieces with soft curves over the typical three-seater. The gentle slopes create lovely, moody rooms and intriguing little nooks for potted plants and accent tables. Curved pieces upholstered in rich velvet inspire an effect that is lush and inviting.
Many modern homes are eschewing with the sofa completely, choosing instead to group chairs in clusters of four or more. This is especially appealing for smaller spaces and those who like to entertain often, allowing seating to accommodate guests as needed. Chair groupings also allow you to rearrange your space whenever you like, rather than being stuck with a layout that is limited by a heavy sofa.
Living room style in 2019 is all about texture: pull out your vintage crochet throw, find some fuzzy pillows or a chrome table with a terrazzo top, add a curved lamp in shining gold, and put down an art deco rug with a colorful pattern to go with a piece of abstract art. Contrasting textures find harmony in tone, color, and theme to create an artistic space that is alive with energy.
As you create a visually appealing room, remember to think about your guests and what they need to feel comfortable and welcome. Place seating and tables thoughtfully, and remember to make it easy for guests to access an outlet to charge their phones discretely. Many modern tables and lamps feature USB outlets for easy and unobtrusive access. You can also find chairs, sofas, and even decorative objects with chargers built in to them.
In Charlottesville, look for the latest trends at Classic Furniture, Pigment, and Pottery Barn. Consignment shops can also be a great source for authentic accents, and C’ville Arts is the perfect place to find beautiful, unique art.
Update your apartment with new pieces that you’ll love today and tomorrow – and save yourself the hassle of paint!