While the idea of decorating might be exciting to most, sometimes new homeowners and tenants alike can become easily frustrated with the execution of creating their vision. With plenty of trends to get behind such as modern, retro, Scandinavian, Moroccan and many more, the first thing you need to do is decide if you want a minimalistic style or something more lived in. so, if you’re struggling for inspiration you where to start, here’s a beginner guide to decorating a living space.
The furniture you buy is the most important thing to consider. Think about what you can fit in the room, the style your furniture you want and colours! A designer sofa can be the statement piece in the room, but making sure you don’t buy something too big or out of place is key. Make your furniture the focal point, buy appropriate sizes to suit that room rather than something big that gets pushed into the corner.
Regardless of whether you have carpets or hardwood flooring, rugs add a lot of character to a living room. If you’re striving for a particular theme, rugs work well to create the vision. Even with a small room, you can use an area rug that under the sofas and has a luxury coffee table on it to highlight the room. It important to get the size of the rug right, if it’s too small it can make the room look disjointed. Ideally, you want 15-20 inches of bare floor between the rug and walls of the room.
Wall art isn’t the only thing you can add to the walls to create your desired look. Consider bookcases, shelves and unique wall décor to add variety to the room. While a framed picture might be nice, it’s never going to highlight the room, so find some extra tips on how to display wall art or look for inspiration from your theme.
And remember, empty walls are the biggest sign of an incomplete room.
Likely to be the most complex area to think about, most focus on the main/ central light to the room and think that’s everything to it. But in the living room, you want multiple light sources so you can create warmer ambient lighting for different times of the day. Floor lamps, table lights and even fairy lights are perfect to create evening glows in living that wants more trinkets and décor in them.
Choosing a colour for the room is something a lot of people struggle with, and if there’s one thing you shouldn’t do first if pick you paint. While painting won’t be your favourite part of decorating, it isn’t difficult or expensive, so it’s best to pick the expensive parts of the room out first, create the colour theme from there before committing to a paint colour the might not go with the perfect sofa.
‘Guesstimating’ isn’t an option when it comes to decorating. Take note of as many measurements as you can before going to the stores and buy furniture. You have to have an accurate guide before buying anything!