Your living room, along with your bedroom, is one of the most comfortable and relaxing areas within your home, or at least it should be. If your living room is not a place of tranquillity, calm, and relaxation, then where are you going to relax, and how are you unwinding after those long stressful, hectic, and chaotic days?
A Living Room Must Be a Comfortable and Relaxing Place
If you are still doubting why your living room needs to be relaxing and comfortable, then take a look at your routine when you get home from a busy day out and about and see just how essential comfort is, see how much you use the room, and see how often it gets used. When you realize just how often your living area gets used, you will see the need and urgency to create a space that is relaxing and comfortable for you, your family and friends, and any other guests that you may choose to welcome into your home.
Adding Furniture and Taking Away Unnecessary Items
Sometimes, little tweaks and alterations are all that is needed to create a better living space, so before you remove everything and take your room back to basics, why not look at the furniture you currently have and see how well and how often it is used? For example, you may have a sofa or couch that looks good, but how often does it get used? If the answer is not very often, then you may want to consider purchasing a giant bean bag that will fit in any sized room and provide the instant comfort you are looking for. When you take away unnecessary items, you retain less, which will make you feel good too, so start by looking at how your room looks and feels at the moment.
Creating a Design/Mood Board
When you want to redecorate and pull a vision together, a design or mood board is great for doing this. Having all of your images, swatches, and colors together in one place will allow you to see instantly what is working and what is not. With a design board, you can layout your new and old furniture and accessories and see what is fitting well within the space and what is not, and the best bit is there is no heavy lifting involved at all.
Setting a Budget and Sticking to It
Redecorating any space can quickly zap your funds, so it is important that you create a budget as early on in your project and stick to it. When you have a budget, you ensure that you create a space that can be lived in, enjoyed, and comfortable, all without stressing you out and pushing you into financial difficulty.
If you have never set a budget before, you need to know that being realistic is essential. If you decide on a budget of $50,000 but only realistically have the funds for $30,000, at some point, you are going to have to dial back some of your ideas. Take some time to look at your finances, and figure out how much you have from savings and whether you can put aside anything more. Always factor in your essential expenses when doing this, don’t be afraid to make some adjustments here and there, and ensure that if you take out a loan or borrow money from a friend that you will have the means in which to pay this back later on down the line.
TOP TIP: When picking colors for your living area think about how much sunlight or light you get into the room as this will affect the lightness and brightness, and it will affect the color that you use. After all if you choose a color that is too dark and oppressive you will feel like you are living in a cave.