You spend most of your time in this room; the living room is one of the most important rooms in your house. It is where you go to relax and unwind after a long day at work. This space fulfils so many functions, entertainment, relaxation and might even double up as a play room.
The best place to start, when thinking about redesigning your living room, is to think of a colour scheme. Make the room reflect your personality, don’t paint a room magnolia if you have bright pink hair, you will the live to regret your choice.
Don’t fit your belongings around the room, make the room fit around your belongings. If you design the room and then start to think about where your things are going to go, you will end up frustrated. You should evaluate where things are going to go, the things you want to keep and the stuff that needs to be thrown away. Then once you come to choosing furniture, chairs and sofas you can match up the things you want to keep with your new purchases. Say for example you have an old dark wood chest which you want to keep; you don’t want to go out and buy a pine coffee table. They just wouldn’t match.
Next, taking into account the style and theme you have decided on, start looking at paint samples. Again, if you are keeping your old curtains, make sure they match. You don’t want a colour scheme that is too busy; a chaotic room creates a chaotic person. It is important to consider the lifespan of the colour scheme, if you are unsure go for a neutral tone. Then if you change your mind you don’t have to repaint the entire room.
The most important feature of the room is the sofa and the soft furnishings; they are your most expensive purchase so you need to think carefully about them. Think about past sofas and how you generally use the room. If you have small crayon wielding toddlers don’t buy a cream sofa. If you do have small children you might be better buying a leather sofa, you can easily wipe them down and you won’t need to wash the covers every time someone spills a drink.
The best advice is to leave choosing the sofa until last, then you can think through what type of design and colour you want.
Tyler Morton is an avid blogger. He focuses on consumer goods in the UK market.