Each of us can do an entire living room overhaul, even on a tight budget. With a few creative tricks up your sleeve and some knowledge about the most sensible design choices, you will be able to renovate your living room efficiently and in a short time-frame.
This knowledge is especially useful if you decide to sell your home or have a dire need to refurbish a newly-bought home. If you are interested in finding out how to do it efficiently, here’s what you need to know about designing a modern living room.
Always start with the walls
Redesigning your living room can be overwhelming. When you are faced with a “blank canvas” it can be difficult to decide where to start. If you ever face such a creative block, always remember one thing – you can always begin with the walls. This rule is also applicable to any room in the household.
Ask yourself what makes you feel cozy. Do a thorough research of colors and find the exact hue that suits you. The internet is your main ally in this decision-making process – apart from samples and color combinations, you can even do tests to see which color nuances match your character.
Your walls and floors should always complement each other – so never choose your wall style according to the carpet you have envisioned as the floor centerpiece. In fact, your basic floor material should be wood, tile or stone. In fact, there are more reasons to avoid carpets than there are perks for owning it.
Wood flooring will add to the warmth of every space, but as far as communal areas go, tiles and stone are the best choices. Dirty shoe soles and spillages are only some of the causes of floor stains, and stone and tile are easy to clean.
Let there be light
Preferably, your living room already has a lot of windows. If, however, that’s not the case, you should narrow your choices down to brighter colors. White is always a good choice. It is also a multi-purpose base color if you ever decide to add a prevalent secondary color or interesting details that will make your room really pop.
These colors – like sandstone, gray, beige, silver, etc. – will make the space look bigger. Adding more artificial lights to the room is also a solution if tearing down walls to add windows is too challenging of a task. However, do not try to add new fixtures by yourself. You might short-circuiting the entire house and end up in dire need to call the emergency electrician.
Match or contrast furniture
Choosing the right furniture can be tricky. Finding the right pieces that will match and/or contrast your walls and floor can be time-consuming. First, you must choose the centerpiece – a piece of furniture that will serve as a focal point of your living room. Many people choose to organize their living room around a TV, but you should always start with the sofa and the coffee table.
These two pieces of furniture are the most common focal points. If your walls are white, a black leather sofa is a good choice; if they are beige, you can go with brown. No matter what you decide, it is important to create a contrast and make every element of your living room visually pop. As far as contrasting colors go, you can always consult the internet for advice.
One thing’s for sure – when designing your living room, you have to walk the fine line between appearance and functionality. This, however, can go extremely wrong as soon as you start applying the new design – it is really easy to overdo a certain look, and go crazy with adornments and paraphernalia. In order to avoid this, create the most basic list of design rules and recheck it from time to time.