As a homeowner you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to update your décor and the style of your home. One of the most important places to start is the living room. It’s common for bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms to be the first to receive a makeover, but, as you’re about to learn, there are several reasons the living room is an essential place to start – and some easy ways to get it done.
Your living room serves several purposes
One of the reasons living rooms are so important is that they serve multiple roles. Most people want them to be elegant, but not stuffy. They want plenty of seats, but they don’t want it to feel cramped. They want to avoid dark lighting that can lead to lethargy, yet they don’t want bright lights killing the mood. Filling all these multiple needs can be a tough order indeed!
The first step in revamping your living room
The first thing you need to do is ask yourself what you want from the space. Do you want it to be a space to welcome guests? A playroom for the kids? A game room for the entire family? A library? In some cases, your answer may include all of the above! Living rooms aren’t just for guests only – that’s just not the way we live anymore. Today it reflects our lifestyles. No matter what you want to use it for, clarifying your expectations will get you started off on the right foot.
Start off with lighting fixtures
Changing out your lighting fixtures is one of the fastest, easiest ways you can totally change the look and feel of your living room. The fixtures themselves add wonderful design accents, but changing the level of lighting can change a cavernous room to a warm, inviting one, or an overly lit, institutional-feeling room into a exactly the same thing – a warm, inviting room. As you shop for fixtures, look for something that’s interesting but won’t look dated in just a few years. Remember that dimmer switches are your friend, as they’ll let you adjust and control light levels.
Work around what you don’t like
Too often homeowners think they must rip out anything they don’t like. Take dark paneling for example. Replacing it with a different wall covering can be incredibly expensive. An easier option is to soften the room by adding light colors and textures. Pick a light colored sofa, add some lovely pillows and throws, and pick up a light wood coffee table. You no longer have to worry about matching everything – just find ways to incorporate what you don’t like in with things you love.
Window treatments are essential
Adding or changing window treatments is another way to instantly change the way a room looks and feels. Make sure your curtains add personality to the room. They should fit in with the design scheme you’ve come up with, but they don’t have to match perfectly. Need help or inspiration? Half Priced Drapes has everything you need!