The thought of redesigning your living room can be a daunting prospect. Where to start? What to change? What not to change? It’s a big undertaking, yes, but with a little bit of planning and forethought, the process can be straightforward and hassle free. So, with that in mind, here is our definitive guide to redesigning your living room.
Strip Down the Space
Remove as many items as possible from your living room – smaller pieces of furniture, pictures, artwork, rugs, ornaments, lamps, and any other accessories. This will allow you to assess the space without the distractions of the original arrangement.
See With New Eyes
Once you’ve stripped down the room to its bare essentials, it’s time to start considering what changes you’re going to make. Before you start planning, though, try to ‘think outside the box’. Throw away the rules and your preconceived ideas and look at the space anew. Focus your attention on features and areas that are usually neglected. Find new focal points, flip the layout, examine the architecture closely – all this should help you to come up with new and unexpected ideas.
Decide on an Interior Design Theme
Whether you plan to hire a professional interior designer or go it alone, this part of the process is undoubtedly the most important. The two previous steps on this list will have helped you reimagine the space, but now you must decide exactly what you are going to do with it. Most important is to settle on a design theme – traditional, contemporary, retro…? Whichever you choose, remember that interior design is also about making the most of the environment, so before putting your design plan into action be sure you are incorporating the room’s features effectively. For example, if the room is small, ask yourself if a darker colour scheme will really work. And, of course, don’t neglect those focal points, such as fireplaces and windows.
Embarking on a redesign of your living room is no easy feat, so enlist the help of friends and family. A few extra pairs of strong arms will be welcome when you’re moving around heavy furniture, and those helpers can offer a second (or third or fourth!) opinion on the design ideas you’ve been mulling over, not to mention making suggestions you hadn’t even considered! When it comes to actually getting down to the job of redecorating, getting assistance is also a sensible move. Again, you can get your friends and family to lend a hand, but if the project is a big one it might be worth using a professional painter/decorator – these redesigns can very quickly overwhelm you.
To be sure that none of the important steps are missed, put together a detailed plan for your redesign. From finalising the new style of your living room to making sure you have purchased the right decorating supplies, furniture, and accessories, a plan of action will ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Don’t Stick to the Plan
A plan is important, but don’t stick to it religiously. If you realise that something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to jettison it. Better to change it now before the project is completed.