First, let us preface the following by saying age is just a number, and we certainly don’t want to discourage you from a purchase based on your year of birth. But while you should technically be able to style your home however you want with whatever you want, your style does inevitably vary each decade. The truth is, things change and every stage of your life is met with different needs, wants, and challenges. For instance, decorating in your 20s is usually limited by budget (or the tastes of your roommate), while your 30s and 40s are often met with the practical demands of a growing family.
To kick things off, we’re starting with the home’s pride and joy: the living room. So if you’ve just rolled over into a new age era, or are just about to, we found the perfect pieces to bring your living room to life.
Your 20s are when you really start to establish who you are, not just in terms of your personality, beliefs and passions, but also when it comes to your tastes. Your fashion sense has probably changed since college, so the same stands to reason for your interior decorating. And when it comes to home décor, just because your salary is limited doesn’t mean your taste should be compromised.
You can decorate your couch with throw pillows, decorate the walls with nice things like photos and art and add colour to your room.
When you go out on your own in your 20s, it’s all about experimenting: buying cheap thrills, attempting ambitious DIY projects, and, most likely, moving to different homes every few years. Then you enter your 30s and things seem to fall into place. You know where you want to live, you have learned from your messy mistakes of the last decade, and you likely have a clear idea of what your decor style really is.
Your living room is an extension of your aesthetic with a practical twist to accommodate your growing network. In the living room, explore a built-in wall unit to display books, media, and objects that also has a closed-storage option for miscellaneous bits.
Now that you’re in your 40s, you’re a little wiser, more in tune with yourself, and either your kids are a little older now or you’re just about to begin that journey. This is reflected in your interior choices throughout the whole house, but the living room is where your décor decisions truly shine.
While you’ve probably bought many rugs before reaching your 40s, now’s the time to really invest. The living room is where you’ll spend most of your time with visiting family and friends, so make it one they’ll remember and enjoy. We recommend a stylish and comfortable chaise to crank the style dial right up and bring a touch of chic to your living room.
There’s so much to look forward to as we move through life, but according to science, we actually get happier. There’s an emotional savoring that comes with age. So if your children or friends’ children are starting to have children of their own, then the living room is a place for you to share in that happiness with them. But ultimately, your living room should encompass all of the things in life you cherish in a setting you want to dwell and savor.
Make your living room a space to relax—in style, of course. A cozy lounge chair is definitely where it’s at. While a wool rug was perfect for your 40s, your feet deserve a little more plush love in your 50s. It’s time to make your living room reflect your personal taste. A leaner mirror is the epitome of chic.
Do you agree with our decade-specific décor recommendations? What do you think needs to be added or changed on this list?