Does your living room need a revamp? With the right interior design work, you can improve your home and express your style. If you’re looking to create the living room of your dreams, focus on these nine steps.
1 . Choose your style
The first step to creating your dream living room is to think about which decor style you’d like to focus on. If you’re not sure where to begin here are a few options:
The grand millennial style is trending with the millennial generation. The style focuses on merging old with new, lots of texture and an overload of patterns. The style features bright colors, frills, ruffles, and vintage floral. There’s plenty of abstract art involved along with metallic ornaments.
This style is all about keeping things simple, minimalism focuses on neutral colors such as white, black, or grey. There’s a focus on functional objects, simple artwork and the idea of ‘less is more.
Creating an industrial-style living room is about achieving an ‘unfinished’ look. Think exposed brick, rustic wooden textures, and modern chandeliers. The style might well remind you of a trendy coffee shop hang-out.
- Get inspired
To create a gorgeous space it’s a good idea to get some inspiration. Start by looking at sites like Pinterest or Instagram, and collect a few ideas. Once you’ve figure out your desired style, these podcasts can inspire you further:
How To Decorate: Tune in to learn all the decorating tips and tricks you’ll ever need. The podcast brings you expert knowledge from interior designers, (you can even send in your own questions).
At Home With Lauren Keenan: This award-winning podcast has plenty of amazing design advice from expert Lauren Keenan. Each week Lauren interviews a range of interior experts and designers, bringing you all their wisdom.
- Plan your colour schemes
Before you can design your living room you’ll need to plan out which colour schemes you’d like to use. This season warm colours are trending, there’s a focus on shades of orange, terracotta, and peach. The colours you use will largely depend on which style you’re looking to create. For example, minimalist styles should focus on just one or two neutral colors (grey, brown, white, or black). Whereas if you’re creating a grand millennial style it’s fine to use lots of different colors, (particularly pastel colors and bright shades).
Perhaps you’d like to test out a few color schemes before you paint your walls? If so there are lots of painting apps that can help you to do this. A few examples include Paint Tester, Color Smart, Paint My Place.
- Set a budget
Before you start decorating it can be helpful to create a budget. With a budget, you can prevent yourself from spending too much, and plan the most important items that you need to purchase. If you’re looking to save money there are plenty of different ways that you can do this:
- Try sourcing decor items from second-hand stores.
- Consider upcycling to make your own decor items.
- Use tools like Facebook Marketplace to pick up free stuff or get deals.
- Check out the trends
If you need some ideas to decorate your living room it’s a good idea to check out what’s trending. Patterned wallpaper is a big trend this year, you can use a feature wall to give your living room a modern and elegant look. Oversized plants are also a popular living room trend this year. Don’t be afraid to go a little overboard (the jungle living room is super popular right now)! Metallic ornaments are another key trend this year, and you’ll want a beautiful coffee table to display them. Before you choose a table you’ll need to think about which table is right for your home. You can do this by taking measurements, and focusing on your chosen style (i.e minimalism, contemporary etc).
- Focus on comfort
It’s not all about looks, to create the perfect living room you should also focus on comfort. Ensure that you create lots of cosy spaces, use soft materials and add plenty of homely touches. Your living room should be an effortlessly relaxing space, whether you’re watching movies or entertaining friends you’ll want to relax in maximum comfort.
- Use beautiful art
Beautiful artwork is the best way to create a gorgeous living room. You might choose paintings, photography, sculptures, or glass art. When you add art to your living room you’ll brighten up the space, express your personality and add a touch of elegance. Before you choose a piece make sure that you take measurements, shop around and compare prices. To help you choose a piece of art, these questions may help:
- Which colors will fit in with my decor?
- Would I prefer one large piece or a gallery wall?
- How much space do I have to work with?
- Add personal touches
With a few personal touches, you’ll create a homely space. You might use photographs of you and your family and friends or special ornaments. Focus on your favorite colours and add objects that help you to feel relaxed. Designing a home isn’t just about choosing items, it’s about creating an inviting atmosphere.
- Consider a designer
Want to create a stunning living room? Why not try working with a talented interior designer? With the help of a professional designer, you can brainstorm ideas, get advice, and create a beautiful design plan. When you invest in your home you’ll be investing in your well-being at the same time. If you’re not sure which style you’d like, a designer can help you to decide. When you’re looking for an interior designer be sure to take a good look at their portfolio. You’ll want to find an experienced designer who can bring your best ideas to life.
Using these nine steps you’ll be able to create a stunning living room space. There are lots of ways that you can create a gorgeous living room,from artwork to houseplants and trendy furniture.