Imagine coming home after an exhausting day at the office. Your mood will improve instantly if a clean and stylish living room greets you rather than a cluttered, outdated mess. You selected each piece of furniture carefully, and it is a reflection of your personality and unique tastes. All that’s left is to relax in a space that’s uniquely yours.
Thankfully, this doesn’t just have to be your imagination. Here are 8 steps to bring your living room idea to life!
1. Knowing the Measurements to Purchase the Right Furniture
Prepare to decorate your entire space by getting your living room’s proper measurements. Making sure you have the right measurements saves a lot of hassle. After all, you don’t want to go through the trouble of hauling a 40-inch table to your place only to realize that it’s four inches too long.
2. Draw Out Your Design
You must already have an idea of what you want your living room to look like. Using your measurements, create a floor plan to help you figure out the decorations you want and where they will go. You can also try using apps to experiment with your furniture’s placement. While you can always change this plan later, having one will save a lot of time and money.
3. Choosing Your Style
When choosing your decorating style, look at the furniture that you already own. Choose items that speak to you the same way that your favorite pieces do. This stage of decoration can be fun because it involves looking through catalogs of inspiring pieces that might look good in your living room.
4. Find Your Couch First
Since the couch will most likely be the largest piece of furniture in your room (or at least a focal point), it’s usually best to choose the couch first and then center everything else around it. When you’re finding a couch, make sure it meets three criteria: 1) your seating needs, 2) your color palette, and 3) your style.
5. Select Your Area Rug
When you’re choosing an area rug, you want to take into account how much wear and tear it’s going to go through. If you have multiple pets and kids running around, then it’s probably best not to get an expensive Persian rug. Instead, looking for something durable that matches your decor is your best bet.
6. Finding the Right Lighting
Lighting sets the ambiance of the room. Warm lighting feels cozier and inviting since it resembles candlelight or a sunset. Cool lighting is a good option, too, though – it’s usually best for giving off a daytime feel. It just depends on the aesthetic you’re going for.
7. Selecting Your Paint Color
When choosing your paint color, consider your overall goal. Do you want to draw attention to your walls, or do you want your decorations to pop? Once you understand your goals, you can choose a color that meets them. For instance, a neutral color can highlight your other decorations. On the other hand, a bright color can make your room feel larger. Once the color is chosen, the next step is to pick the finish of the paint.
8. Selecting Decor
You can choose decorations based on the theme you’re going for. It’s usually best not to overdo it with decor – while you’ll want to have one or two statement pieces, keep the rest of the decorations minimal. You don’t want your living room to feel cluttered and busy. Instead, add decor until your room feels complete.
Decorating the perfect living room involves careful planning. First, you’ll want to plan everything out and make sure your design is actually doable. Then, you’ll want to choose key elements of the room, particularly the couch, the rug, the lighting, and the paint color. Then, to top it all off, you can add in the finishing touches, so it’s all ready to go. We hope these tips will help you decorate the living room of your dreams!