How to Decorate Your Living Room in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Take Inventory of Your Stuff
If you’re working with a room full of furniture and decor, start by taking stock of your stuff to determine what to keep, what to donate or sell, and what to toss. Use this time to let go of worn-out items like your broken-in easy chair or that scuffed-up coffee table that’s on its last leg. With only the essential pieces left, you can start fresh and build on your design from the ground up.
Step 2: Rearrange Your Furniture
Start by rearranging your furniture. If you’ve been living with the glare on your TV for the last few years because you’re already settled in, now is the time to change things up. Moving your furniture around can make your space feel new and interesting again. Look for opportunities to create seating areas that encourage conversation, or situate your furniture around a focal point like your TV or fireplace. Don’t forget to think about traffic flow. Make sure furniture is situated in such a way that it’s not difficult to maneuver around everything.
Step 3: Refresh Your Color Palette
Before buying all new decor, artwork, and accessories, it’s important to figure out your color palette and the tone you want to set for the room. The color of a room will ultimately determine the mood and energy of the space. If you want to create a calming, soothing space, consider shades of blue or green. For a more energetic, lively space, think about warm tones like reds, oranges, and yellows. Neutral shades of beige, grey, tan, or white will give you more versatility when deciding what secondary colors to bring in.
Step 4: Nail Down Your Style
The next step is nailing down the design style you want to achieve. For style inspiration, visit interior design blogs, read decorating articles, and create a pinboard of your favorite furniture and decor. If you love the look of low-slung sofas, tapered legs, and geometric shapes, you’ll love Mid-Century Modern style. Or if you prefer distressed furniture, vintage decor, and floral patterns, Shabby Chic style is your cup of tea. For the modern minimalist who loves clean lines, practical decor, and streamlined design, you’ll revel in the simplicity of Modern style. For more interior design style inspiration, check out our arsenal of decorating guides.
Step 5: Light Everything Up
Lighting is an often-overlooked part of redecorating a space, but it’s essential when setting the mood of a room and illuminating your decor. Use a mix of ambient overhead lighting and task lighting to give the room a warm glow. Maximize natural light with sheer curtains that softly diffuse sunlight. Table and floor lamps are a great way to punctuate your design style while adding functional light to your room, so don’t be afraid to go bold with your lamp choices. Lamps are also a way to integrate secondary pops of color into your living room design.
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