When the weekend rolls around and it’s time to watch the latest movie or hook up the X-Box 360 for some serious gaming, the living room is where these things usually take place. If you have a spare room that is collecting dust and boxes of junk, clear it out and turn it into a high-tech entertainment room. You can keep a television in the living room for everyday viewing, but think about relocating all the really fun stuff to a room designated for good times.
When people think about home style or interior decorating, they often immediately begin thinking about colours, textures, and furniture. These are great places to start, but have you thought about designing a room around electronic gadgets. Don’t be afraid. This doesn’t mean that you have to turn your house into the house from the Jetsons. Designing around your electronics is just putting an eye toward functionality as you begin your design project. Taking a different starting point will actually enhance the choices you make about colour, texture, and furniture. Here are some of the common electronics that are found in most living rooms.
It’s hard not to think of the living room first when you are planning a design makeover. The living room seems in so many ways to be the center of activity. Few rooms have as much furniture as the living room or as much to think about in terms of design. If you are having company over, you know how important it is to have a good looking room for everyone to relax in. More than anything, though, you want your living room to be an extension of your personal style. It should reflect the kind of atmosphere that you want to be dominant in all of your rooms.
Is your living room stuck in the past? Are you looking for a way to blast your living room design into the 21st Century? Getting modern with your living room means taking a turn toward minimalism in design. Of course even the most minimally designed rooms still need the right furniture. You just can’t have a living room without a couch. Streamlined and sparse are the goals when going modern or post-modern in your design plans. Here are some tips to get you moving in the right direction.
The living room is usually the crowning jewel for home design. When you have guests over or want to unwind and watch a movie, the living room is usually the central location. Nothing can change the way you feel about the inside of your house faster than a quick living room makeover. Here are a few steps to make a living room redesign much easier.
- Take time to think about what you really want. Don’t rush into your redesign. A good suggestion is to walk out of your house, clear your mind, and then walk into the living room. Think about how you feel and write it down. Now think about how you want the room to make you feel and write that down.
- Compare your two lists. Find the things on your list that bother you the most. For instance, if you think the room makes you feel dreary and dull, and on your other list you find that you want the room to make you feel lively and energized, you have a good starting point.
- Move things around. A quick furniture shuffle can do wonders to put you into a more creative mindset. Start with a few smaller items, and build your way up to moving everything else. You can get some great ideas for things you need to get, or get rid of, by simply moving some things around.
- Get some new cushions and throws for your couch and chairs. You can add a quick splash of colour and style by throwing some colourful new pillows and throws on your furniture. You may not even want to get new furniture if you see how these things can liven up what you already have.
- Make your living room redesign a work in progress. Living rooms are typically one of the largest rooms in the house. Don’t feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do. Choose one thing to work on from the list you made and zero in on that for the next few months. You may find that by the time you finish just one thing off your list, you have a whole new feel to your living room.
Take time to think about how you feel about the design of your living room as you go through this process. You may take a wrong turn that makes you like the room less than when you started; that’s OK. The beauty of breaking up your designing efforts like this is that you can always change courses and bring new ideas into the mix. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll accomplish and how you’ll feel about the room in just a few weeks.