5 Steps To Successful Living Room Remodeling

5 Steps To Successful Living Room Remodeling
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    The time has finally arrived to do what you've always dream about doing: remodel your living room area.

    With an excited imagination, you go online or borrow decorating magazines for ideas as to what you think you'd like done.

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The only problem is that you don’t really know where or how to begin the project.

Realizing this happens all too often with many homeowners or apartment dwellers, our article below will help set the stage for a successful renovating or remodeling job.

In addition to exploring your more creative nature in selecting color schemes, designer paints and choice materials, we’ll be dealing with the five most important factors to consider before you spend your remodeling money.

Financial Considerations

Knowing the purpose for your living room remodeling job helps determine what finances you’ll be needing so not to go over budget. Yes, we did say "budget." How far are you going to take this project and will you have the funds to finish it?

Checking your home warranty plans for appliances such as that mega plasma screen, entertainment sound unit and special ceiling lighting effects you admire is also vitally important. If major remodeling is being done, then be sure to get the quotes and estimates down on paper from the contractors.

The Need To Consult Professionals

Fortunately, a free consultation with pros is more readily available than ever before. Without a need to buy magazine subscriptions, valuable information on remodeling/decorating ideas are readily available through myriads of online websites. At these websites, you’ll be able to see what is the mind and opinion of established interior designers, home builders and remodeling industry leaders in general.

The Purpose For The Makeover

Considering the purpose of the living room remodeling job is vitally important. Will it be used more as a den, game room and/or as a place to entertain guests?  Many people have turned their living room areas into improvised small office/home office centers, while leaving a part of the living room for relaxation.

"Designing a room or a remodeling project is a journey or a process," says interior designer Karen Soojian, ASID, "and it takes time to develop ideas and do things right. In other words, you need to know your destination and how you plan to get there."

Especially when planning for a family with small children, there is not likely to be a need for a formal living room area. In this case, be thinking about sufficient playroom space. You might also want to re-think the kind of furniture and accessories you’ll want.

The Nitty-Gritty Of Decorating

Nothing sets the tone as well as having the right colors.  Use bright colors; however, moderation is a key to good decorating.  Neutral, sectional sofas, armchairs and love-seats are best. In contrast, accessories may be bold. Later on, you can simply exchange the accessories for other styles should you decide for another makeover.

Optimizing Your Space

If a more formal feel is wanted, then built-in mahogany book shelves, glass see-through cabinets and an elegant fireplace mantel are good investments. In fact, they may even help add a higher resale value in later years. In contrast, a less formal atmosphere would go better with a built-in TV console and casual recliners.

Furthermore, adding mirrors, table lamps and ceiling lights help spread the lighting effect more advantageously throughout a spacious area. Whether it is a formally elegant or casually laid-back feel, first determining the tone helps you decide how much space you’ll have and what looks best in it: rugs, artwork, curtains and/or lighting. Also, as a side note for space saving techniques, barn door hardware and sliding doors are always options if you don’t want to deal with doors that swing in and out.

Set an exquisitely more sophisticated tone for hosting and entertaining by simply adding a bar cart. Further adding an eye-catching focal point for visitors are wing chairs and a Chesterfield sofa smartly positioned about a fireplace.

Doing your research, giving forethought and gathering information is one vital part of a remodeling project few people ever think about. Especially where structural changes come into play, taking one’s time and choosing wisely will almost always guarantee a successful completion to your living room project.

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