Has your living room grown bland and boring? It only takes a few years of neglect for a space to lose its luster. If you’re stuck thinking you need a massive budget and the guidance of an expensive interior designer, nothing could be further from the truth. A little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity can transform a space into a welcoming oasis. Follow these recommendations from the leading designers to ramp up your home décor.
The first step is to define your budget and align your wish list accordingly. The greatest impact can be made by addressing the flooring and wall coverings. Once your budget has been defined, map out your time line for execution. If you’re budget allows refinishing of hardwood floors, consider taking advantage of the awesome deal offered by Groupon coupons and book two nights at your local Extended Stay America property. Staying in your home while floors are being sanded and stained is strongly discouraged.
Begin your revamping by clearing the space of all furnishings in preparation for painting. Pieces that are too large to be moved should be draped with drop cloths or large sheets to protect from paint splatter. Remove art work from the walls as well as window treatments and window hardware. Select a soft shade of paint that compliments the furnishings that will remain in the space as well as the colors of adjoining spaces within sight lines. Apply two coats of paint and touch up baseboards, molding and doors as needed.
Update ceiling lighting as needed. Use soft white bulbs in place of yellow bulbs; these will cast a more appealing light. When replacing the window treatments, hang the drapery hardware three inches below the ceiling or ceiling molding. This will allow the eye to travel to the ceiling and increase the sense of space. Before returning furnishings to the space, define the main focal point. This can be a fireplace, large picture window or substantial piece of furniture. Arrange larger upholstered pieces and sofa around the focal point in a conversational setting.
Edit the smaller pieces of occasional furnishings returned to the space. Too many small pieces can create a sense of clutter. This is the antithesis of creating a serene oasis. Finally, add fresh flowers and fresh pillows to bring life and a pop of color into the space. Congratulation on your new ramped up living space!