What to Consider When Redesigning Your Living Room

What to Consider When Redesigning Your Living Room
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    If you want to head into the new year with a new look for your home, consider redesigning your living room.

    As the heart and soul of the home, the living room is the place where friends and family gather and relax.

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Before you jump into a refresh of this room, you would be wise to come up with a plan of attack. Here are five things to consider when you are redesigning your living room.

What is the Purpose of This Room?

While every home has a central living room, different families may use this space for a variety of purposes. Before deciding how you want to approach renovating this room, you need to identify the main purpose of this room for your specific family.

For example, some families choose to use this room for quiet relaxation and reading while others may want to use it as a place to watch movies or your favorite team in action on the big screen.

  • Do you anticipate that you will often be entertaining in this room, or will it primarily be used by just your immediate family?
  • Do you have small children that necessitate that the furnishing and flooring are kid-friendly?
  • Do you want to use the space to facilitate smaller and more intimate groups of conversation, or do you want everyone blended into one space?

Asking yourself these questions will help to guide the design of the room.

What is Your Furniture Style?

After determining the intent of the room, it is time to start shopping for furniture. Do not step foot into a furniture store until you have measured the room and know what size furniture that you need. Start with the bigger pieces such as the couch and media center and then build up with the smaller pieces and accessories from there.

Finding a one-stop-shop will be an invaluable addition to your redesign process. Visit a furniture store in Edmonton or wherever you live to purchase some or all of your pieces. Use the opportunity to book a free design consultation and lean on the professionals for inspiration.

What is Your Budget?

Unfortunately, most people need to stick within the parameters of a defined budget when going about this renovation. Before getting your heart set on furnishings and decor items that you cannot afford, be sure to establish a budget that you know you can adhere to as you plan the space.

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Many people find it helpful to identify the items that they cannot live without. For example, if you are a sports junkie, you likely want to funnel more of the budget toward the television and sound system. Other families may wish to divert more money to cozy furniture and premium light fixtures.

What is Your Intended Aesthetic?

Before shopping for furniture and decor, you need to consider your intended aesthetic for the room. Are you going for a modern and contemporary vibe or do you naturally lean toward the cozy and rustic look of the farmhouse aesthetic?

Establishing the mood that you are trying to create in this room will help you to make your purchasing decisions.

While you do not need to commit to one specific theme, having a general mood in mind will help you to create a cohesive look. This will also help you to avoid being left with a space that looks and feels too cluttered.

What Will Make This Room Stand Out?

Once you have decided on all the furniture and the layout of the room, you can worry about the little details. It is these details that elevate the room from an ordinary living space to an extraordinary room for gathering.

Do not be afraid to get personal with your decor scheme. This room should be a reflection of your family’s personality.

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Using personal photos, souvenirs from special trips, and other trinkets that reflect what is important to you is a great way to personalize the room and make it feel comfortable.

While it will take time, effort, and money, all of this will be well worth it when you are enjoying your refreshed living room with your loved ones.

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