Typically a living room is a more formal sitting area where the adults hang out. Maybe that’s what also makes it one of the more forgotten rooms in the home. Since we’re typically running around with the kids, it’s easy to overlook your living room. However, you owe it to yourself - and your home - let that room shine. Is your living room in need of a little extra love? Click “Next” to read some tips that’ll help you redesign that space.
1. Evaluate the Space
Before you start redesigning your living room, it’s a good idea to take a good, hard look at the space. Identify what you like about the current design, layout, and color scheme, and what you think could be improved. Is there enough lighting? Is the furniture laid out in a way that facilitates conversation? Is there a clear focal point? Spending some time thinking about your living room’s existing design - and why you’d like to change it - is an important first step in the redesign process as it’ll help to ensure that you really get the most out of that space.
2. Take Stock of What You Have
Even if you think you hate everything about your current living room, you probably don’t hate EVERYTHING. Maybe there’s a coffee table that has nice, modern lines. Or perhaps you still like your couch, but want to change the look a bit with some new pillows. Most of us don’t have the budget for a complete living room overhaul, so take a look at what you’ve got and consider how that stuff could look in a new space. You can even swap furniture and accessories with other rooms in the house to help minimize the need for all new stuff. Of course, there may be a few things that simply have to go - just be prepared to go without until you can replace them with that perfect piece.
3. Refinish Classic Pieces
Sometimes a little stain, a coat of paint, or some new handles is all it takes to bring new life into an old classic. Take the time to update your old side tables, shelving units, or coffee table by adding a fresh pop of color. Something as simple as changing the legs on your existing sofa can give it a whole new look - and have you falling in love with the piece all over again. Plus, refinishing what you already have is much less expensive than going out and buying something that’s brand new.
4. Show Off Your Favorite Things
If it’s been awhile since you’ve updated your living room, you’ve probably picked up a few more souvenirs and photographs that are still waiting to be displayed. Find ways to incorporate those new items into your redesigned space. Perhaps that means adding some shelving, incorporating a gallery wall, or simply, removing some older items to make room for your new favorites. Either way, your living room is the perfect place to inject a little bit of personality in your home, so don’t be afraid to make room for a few of your favorite memories.
5. Rearrange Furniture
When we get used to seeing things a certain way, it can be hard to imagine anything different. However, simply changing the layout of your living room furniture can make it feel like you’re walking into a completely new space. Pull sofas away from the wall, and ensure that the layout of couches and chairs will facilitate conversation. If it helps, draw out different versions of your design to help you visualize the changes before you begin the heavy lifting.
6. Shop for (Some) New Stuff
Adding one or two new pieces will really help to give your living room an update, and can even make your old furniture look new again. Purchasing something like a new area rug, curtains, or throw pillows can revitalize a space with some new pops of color, or help to change a room’s style. Just be sure to choose pieces that aren’t too trendy if you plan on keeping them in your living room for the long term.
7. Paint the Walls
If you’re considering a living room makeover, it likely involves a fresh coat of paint. While a new shade will certainly transform the look of your space, it’s best to leave the color selection until after you’ve figured out exactly what’s going to be a part of the new design. That’s because you want to ensure that you’re investing in pieces that you really love - and choosing a hue for the walls that will bring out the best in those big ticket items. Since there are so many paint colors to choose from, it’s much easier to match the walls to the furniture than trying to find furniture to match the walls.