It’s hard to reorganize or redesign when you’re not sure what available items you have to work with. Don’t limit yourself to what you already have in your living room or family room, either. Look around the other rooms of your home and gather items that might match the couch or theme of your living room.Now that you’ve got stock of possible accessories for your room, move everything into the center of your room (ask for help if you’ve got heavy furniture!). First, you’ll finally be able to clean those hard-to-reach spaces like the woodwork, but secondly, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to repaint your room.
If repainting an entire room seems too daunting, consider only painting one wall, especially if you’re redesigning a smaller room. Invest in a rich colored paint and create an accent wall!For larger rooms, consider sectioning off different areas of your space for different purposes or activities. Place chairs and end tables in a circular pattern around a coffee table or art piece and you’ve got a perfect conversational area. For devoted television watchers, create a t-section by pushing a couch flush against wall.
Dividing your room may be difficult for smaller dimensions. Instead, pick a focal point and center your furniture around this item. Whether it is a television or entertainment center, fireplace or table, organizing your items around it will help create a cozy, lived-in feeling. To add extra seating space, incorporate Asian influences; purchase big, soft or silky floor cushions to match your accent wall or room theme.Unless you’ve recently won the lottery, purchasing brand new furniture can be a major investment. Purchase new fabric for already existing couches and chairs as a cost-efficient do-it-yourself project. Or, save time and money and find gently used furniture. Look for yard sales, flea markets and freebies in your nearby towns.
If your walls are barren and you’re not sure your 80’s movie posters are appropriate decorations, upgrade for more chic, modern accessories. Create and frame a collage of old, black and white photographs of your family members. Instead of real flowers, buy silk flowers; they don’t need water or sunlight and last forever! Also, placing candles of various heights on a mantle or table create a sophisticated, modern look for your room. For busier homes that tend to get cluttered quickly, place wicker baskets in the corners of the room. Keep children’s toys, newspapers or magazines in the baskets to remain organized and decorative.