The living room is perhaps the most important room in any home. While the kitchen is for cooking and the bedroom is for sleeping, the living room, as its name suggests, provides somewhere to just “live”. Many of us choose to relax in this space after a hard day, using it as a reading nook, a home cinema, a dining room and an area for the whole family to gather.
So what happens when you no longer love your lounge? If you’re feeling uninspired by the same four walls, then it might be time for whole a new look. Here’s how to completely overhaul your living room in four easy steps.
Ditch the junk
If you can, it’s a good idea to move everything out to create a blank canvas to work with – you can just shift bulky furniture to the middle of the room. Now’s your chance to vacuum the floor, de-crumb the sofas, dust the fixtures and get rid of anything that doesn’t deserve pride of place in your living room.
Now think about your intention for this space: do you want the room to feel calm, cosy, lived-in or minimal? As Marie Kondo would say, get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or spark joy, even if you only move it to another room for now.
Make a plan
Once you’ve cleaned and organised your living room, you can start planning your new space. Decide now how far you’re willing to take this project. Can you repaint the walls, put up new shelves or buy new furniture, for example? Or do you plan to simply make the most of what you have already? Either way, creating a mood board is a great way to visualise your thought process and gather ideas. The easiest way to make and customise an aesthetic board is to use a free online mood board creator. Think about colours, objects and room arrangements as you create your plan.
Once you’ve finished your mood board, you’ll probably have an idea of the colour scheme you want to achieve, so now’s the time to put your creative ideas into action. Repaint the walls if you can, paint a feature wall, hang new curtains or drape new rugs across the floors and blankets over the sofas.
If you’re unable to make any drastic changes due to budget restraints or because you rent your home, you can still create a colour scheme using objects. Why not buy some new scatter cushions and inexpensive ornaments from cheap homeware outlets and charity shop. Interior design is all about item placement, so try a few different “looks” before you decide on the finished result.
Rearrange your furniture
As well as giving your living room a good clean and changing your colour scheme, you might also decide to rearrange your furniture. Moving your sofas, TV and bookshelves will give your room an entirely different look and feel – just make sure you keep internet routers, plug sockets and TV aerials in mind.
The best way to design a room is through trial and error, but not everybody has the time or inclination to do it this way. If you want to get an idea of how your living room will look when it’s complete, you can hire an online interior designer to help you visualise your new space.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.