You’re all set. You’ve made your colour choices; you know what kind of carpeting you will get. To put it bluntly, you are ready to start your home redecoration project. Before you commit all the way, consider your living room furniture selections. Many people pick their living room furniture around a large couch. There are other ways to approach living room furniture that may make the room truly unique. Think outside of the proverbial box and you may just come up with some furniture picks that will really impress your family and guests.
You see it in the movies all the time – the person who has been stranded in the desert and is looking for an oasis for water and refreshment. While this may not happen often, there are people walking around their houses everyday thirsting for a new style for their living room; something different and daring. Here are a couple of quick tips to give your living room a hot desert theme that will impress your guests.
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.
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.