Redesigning Your Living Room with Your Own Concept and Special Touches
This article takes a closer look at the two feelings that most people have when they start decorating their living room. When moving into a new property, the urge to start anew can be very dominant. For existing homes, you may want to redecorate but you may wish to achieve a great result on a tight budget. Let’s look firstly at how to approach a redesign when you are moving into a new place.
1- Redesigning Your Living Room
The wide availability of living room design ideas out there makes it even harder for you to decide on choosing the right one. You can get them from home improvement shows as well as home decor magazines.
More often than not, these design ideas are especially helpful for experienced interior designers. An average person is still left uncertain about what living room design idea to choose in order to turn his house into a home.
You might be surprised to know that it is not really as difficult as it seems. First, you should choose a style which can either be contemporary, rustic, European, traditional and even eclectic. There is no right or wrong choice; however you should know that your choice can influence your decisions in the future. For instance, if you are having a country home, it would look more of a home if its design is built around traditional or rustic country furnishings. It can sometimes be really hard to go contemporary or modern in a house which asks for a little more of bring traditional.
Close Your Eyes
Once the style is identified, you can begin formulating living room ideas. Everything should be built around a focal point which can either be a view window, a fireplace, a piece of artwork or a huge plasma screen. If you are not sure about what is it in your living room, try closing your eyes. When you open them, what are they drawn to? Perhaps you can ask your family and friends to do the same in order to find your focal point.
If you can’t point out your living room’s focal point, try painting the wall with a daring and bold colour that complements your other living room design ideas. This can guide you in determining the focal room of the room. Make sure that you are choosing a colour that complements or contrasts the colours of your fittings and furnishings. If you’re still unsure about it, try asking the staff at the paint stores or local home improvement shops for great colour combinations. You can bring some cushions or pillows to help identify the best matching colours.
Make sure that the window treatments are in tune with your design ideas from colours to fabrics. Many homes today have chosen shades instead of curtains and drapes but you might want to incorporate them in your own living room design ideas. This can add drama to what was once sterile and boring place.
Lighting is also crucial. Lights can help in creating additional drama to your focal point. An evenly lit room is a lot better than having dark areas which cannot be lit even when you want them to be. Go for lighting that spreads evenly but goes well with your living room design ideas. If at all possible, choose dimmer switches so you can have better control over the lighting in your living room.
If you want your house to become a home, artworks and special touches should never be forgotten. Make sure that art and knick-knack blend together in achieving your desired design. Any inappropriate piece of art can hinder you from creating a harmonic space that warmly welcomes guests and make them always feel at home.
Perhaps you can try placing the pieces in different locations to see where they look best. If they seem to be not working, don’t go for it. There should be other place in your house to which they would simply look perfect. Putting pieces in your favourite place even if they don’t fit best at it can ruin your great design ideas.
2- Redecorating Your Living Room
Redecorating your living room can inject new life into an old and boring place. In a period when real estate sales and mortgages have turned upside down, redesigning your home so it seems brand new and fresh has now become easy and affordable, especially when you thoroughly plan and carry out creative and smart design decisions.
Before you go into the details of redecorating your living room, budget should be well taken into consideration. With as little as £400, you can redecorate your living room space but you might not be able redo the floors or buy new furniture and fittings. But of course, you can still redo flooring and add furniture at an affordable cost, if you take the time to shop around and plan. It can still increase the sales and market value of your home and make you fall in love with it once more. For a small budget this can add a great injection of quality of life for you and your family, which makes the money that you have spent feel extremely worthwhile.
First, determine your budget. Redecorating your living room can really be an exciting idea and you might get carried away. It would always be best to decide on your budget range in redecorating your space. Try to create a little margin with the cost of everything just in case you find something that would perfectly fit in your living room which you couldn’t just live without.
Then, select the style and theme of the room. Most people today choose themes that reflect their personality and interests. It can really be fun redecorating a room with a theme. However when choosing a theme be careful as what can seem fun or nice in a store can over time be difficult to live with, so be sure t take this into account.
Once you start thinking about your plans you’ll find walls to be the easiest to transform. Paint is relatively cheap and when you don’t like its results, you can just paint over it. There are new paints today which only require single coating. It can prevent you from getting frustrated and save a lot of time if you intend to paint dark-coloured walls with lighter colours.
If you are running out of budget for new fittings and furniture, recovering it would help. This is often practiced by people who have furniture that have sound springs, frames and cushions.
Create A Floor Plan
I know you may just feel like going with the flow, but a floor plan will help you get a better result! Before you go any farther, create a floor plan which will show the location of everything in your living room is necessary. A floor plan will tell you if there is a need to go shopping for a new set of lamps, area rugs or a different size of coffee table.
You should create a list of everything that you want to change in your living room. This can include carpet cleaning, purchase of new pillows and cushions, adding dimmer switches to lightings, turning rustic style to modern style – or anything that you can just think of. Then start checking with your budget if what change is amenable with your budget and what things can be left undone for the meantime.
Before you go shopping, you must have an idea as to the whereabouts of the home improvement shops that offer the best deals. You may find online shopping to be more fun and exciting as many best deals for home furniture can be found online. But make sure that you have read their guarantees and return policies before you actually purchase them.
If you can’t find what you are looking for online, then it’s time to go shopping. You can search for your desired home furniture at the antique shops, local import stores, craft stores and galleries but make sure to do a little price and quality comparison before you pay for them.
A Fun Weekend Job
Once everything is established, bring them out all together in a weekend. Start with painting and then allow it to dry. On the second day, you can begin adding furniture. Add a throw rug before you begin moving furniture around the living room. Try to get family or friends on hand to help move furniture so everything goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
And lastly, add your pre-chosen lightings, knick knacks and art features. It is time to explore and show your artistic side. Experimentation may become necessary and you’ll see that these pieces can help in creating a special stylish, yet homey ambience in your living room.
Some Lovely Finishing Touches
Here are a couple of items that will help you have some lovely, stylish finishing touches. Click on the product name to see the range online and order if you feel you would like to.
Bombay Duck Door Knobs - a range of gorgeous door knobs and cupboard door knobs, lots of lovely designs to choose from, simple crystal glass look to very colourful designs. Absolutely adored by interior designers.
Simple Things Alpaca Throws – a lovely, soft alpaca throw, perfect to look pretty and to feel cosy on those cooler evenings!