If you’ve just moved into a new but unrenovated house or apartment, or simply just want to give your current home a new lease on life, one of the fastest and easiest ways to do this is by renovating key rooms in your house. The kitchen, bedroom, dining room, and living room are all hubs of activities and spaces that we tend to spend the majority of our time in. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on a few techniques and tips that you can use in order to transform your living room from being drab and full into a space of inspiration, comfort, and beauty.
Start with a color scheme
Before you pick up a paintbrush, hammer, or any other kind of tool, it’s important to have a plan in place. When it comes to room renovations, this all starts with color. Choose a color scheme that will form the basis on which you will choose all of your furnishings and accessories. This will help ensure uniformity with regards to design and decoration and give your living room a sense of continuity. If you’re unsure exactly which colors you would like to go for, check out some mood boards on Pinterest or any other home improvement blog. Once you’ve found your desired palette, get to work and start by painting the walls. This will form a backdrop for the rest of your furniture and a strong foundation for the design of the room. Since painting walls isn’t exactly extremely technical, you can opt to take care of this job yourself instead of outsourcing it.
Invest in designer furniture
Once you’ve got your colors figured out and your walls painted, it’s time for the furniture. While commercial, mass-produced furniture from stores like IKEA is inexpensive, functional, and can look great, you can really make your room pop with some well-picked and well-placed designer pieces. Yes, these may be more expensive than a standard range of tables and shelves from IKEA, but they add infinitely more depth and appeal to a room. Instead of a generic bureau, for example, you could opt for a more interesting-looking TV floor stand by Vogels. For more options check out online stores with large ranges of designer furniture such as Made or Wayfair.
Take textiles into account
Color is one side of the coin when it comes to room design – the texture is the other. Your living room is going to be filled with different furniture, runners, cushions, covers, upholstery, and more. This presents an opportunity for using a variety of different textures to give your living space a sense of depth, weight, and character. Opt for a good mix between visual and tactile textures, that is, textures that appeal to your eye and those that appeal to your touch. The textures you decide on which also largely be informed by the overall design of the room. Is it more modern and minimalistic? Then smooth and glossy textures will compliment it well. If, however, you’re aiming for more something more rustic, then you’ll want your room’s textures to be more rough and naturalistic.