Your living room gets heavy usage, and over time this heavy usage does have a lasting impact. You end up with a room that looks drab, dreary, and less than inviting. Before this affects you and how you live, you need to spring into action. Taking action and giving your living room a facelift and a makeover will ensure that the room gets loved and used for many years to come.
Deciding What You Want
Before rushing out and splurging lots of cash on new furnishings and accessories, you need to think about what you want and why. For example, do you want a neutral living room that allows light to bounce off the walls? Or, are you looking at making your living room look much more cozy, warm, and welcoming? When you can establish what you want to achieve, you can then start purchasing items and creating a new living area.
Creating a Mood Board
A mood board that is specifically for use in your living room design is essential. A mood board will allow you to see first-hand how a space will look. It will also give you the opportunity to make new additions, or even changes, before making that final commitment. Investing your time and energy into creating a mood board will help you get the look and finish you want.
Settling on a Color Scheme
Within your mood board, you will need to establish a color scheme to work with. The color scheme that you choose must work well with your choice of furnishings and accessories, and it must also compliment the shape, size, and orientation of the room. For example, using dark colors in a small room will make a room feel small and possibly claustrophobic. Being conscious of the colors and shades you use is important because you want to maximize how your living room looks and feels.
Buying New Furniture and Accessories
When you are giving your living room a facelift, you don’t want to have to settle with your old furniture, furnishings, and accessories – you want to treat yourself and buy new. Before you go ahead and purchase new items for your living room, you need to think about what you want the space to feature. For example, is a large amount of flexible seating important for large family gatherings? If so, you need to look at couches, but you also need to look at purchasing bean bag chairs, because they give you comfort and flexibility.
Setting a Budget
Living room makeovers and facelifts can be expensive, and before you know it, you can find that costs are running away from you. Getting to grips with a budget (for the whole makeover) is important, and it is something that you need to focus on in the early stages of your makeover. When you are putting together a budget, think about every stage of the process, from the removal of old fixtures and fittings, right down to the last finishing touches – such as vases, ornaments, and arrangements.