How To Decorate A Living Room In 8 Easy Steps

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Any change to your home warrants careful consideration, but few can feel quite as pivotal as decorating the living room. When a space is so important to both socialising and relaxing, there are lots of different aspects to consider and it’s important that you get all right to create a room that you will enjoy for the years to come. Fear not, decorating a living room can actually be both an easy and enjoyable process if you know where to start. Follow these easy steps and learn how to decorate a living room that wouldn’t look out of place in a showhome.

1. Measure Up

No home renovation or decoration project should begin until you’ve got the measurements right and decorating a living room is no exception. Before you start planning what kind of layout and furniture you are going to go for, you need to know what kind of space you are working with. Even if you think you know your room pretty well off the top of your head, guesswork doesn’t cut it when your time and money are at stake. Use a good tape measure to get complete measurements of the room, including floorspace, ceiling heights and window frame dimensions. This should give you everything you need to make important decisions moving forward and get furniture and soft furnishings that crucially fit the first time.

2. Get Creative

With the facts firmly under your belt, there’s no harm in getting a little creative with your project. Living rooms are one of the best places to show off your own personal tastes and redecorating is the perfect time to completely revamp the style of the space to reflect these. If you haven’t already got a clear style or layout in mind, look to different sources of inspiration when decorating your living room. You could pull together a mood board with pictures online, bookmark your favourite furniture ideas from our gallery, or turn to Pinterest for a final dose of creativity. 

3. Establish Priorities

Once you’ve got a clear vision of how you’d like your room to look and a realistic idea of exactly what size space you’re working with, it’s time for the real planning to begin. Kick off with your measurements to hand and take a fresh look at your mood board or living room ideas, splitting them into needs and wants. Be realistic and focus on the needs first but don’t plan the entire room without adding a touch of personality and a few dream features. Once this process is complete you’ll have almost created a bit of a shopping list without even knowing it and it will be time to get cracking on purchasing the items that will turn your new living room into a reality. 

4. Think About Furniture

Furniture is one of the most significant aspects to consider when learning how to decorate a living room for two reasons: the amount of space it takes up and the amount of your budget it consumes. The former of these points reinforces why it’s so important that you take accurate measurements as you won’t want to find your dream sofa, sideboard or bookcase only for it not to fit, nor will you want your furniture to look out of place or too small when finally in place. 

It’s generally advisable to invest in quality rather than quantity for your living furniture as you’ll be using it so often. If this has you concerned about how you are going to tick all of your boxes with fewer items, consider opting for designs that incorporate multiple functions into one piece. For example, you could create clever bespoke pet furniture such as living room sideboards and cabinets that double up as bedrooms for your furry friend. Here at The Pet Carpenter, we can even help you create matching pieces – just check out the video below for some inspiration!

5. Pick A Colour Scheme

Colour is one of the easiest ways to inject a bit of life and style into your upgraded space. Choosing a colour palette as opposed to one single colour is a great way to do this as this adds balance to the space and allows you to incorporate both neutral and brighter or bolder colours into your designs. Once you’re set on a few colours, there are different ways that you can integrate your chosen scheme into your living room. 

Firstly, think about the colour of your furniture itself. If you’re making bespoke furniture, we have a select palette of Farrow & Ball colours that you can choose from to add your personal style to the room. You can of course also add further dashes of colour to the room by painting the walls in the same or complementary colours and by opting for matching curtains, rugs and other soft furnishings. Not sure which colour to go for? Check out our short guide to choosing the right colour for your pet furniture.

6. Get Storage Right

While the more personal elements of your living room design are always going to be the most fun to put into place, you’ll still need to think about practicality when decorating a living room. Storage is one of the most important aspects on this front and, even if it doesn’t feel particularly glamorous, will enhance the overall feel of your space by keeping everything neat and tidy. Opt for storage solutions that keep your belongings safely tucked away like handy drawers and don’t be afraid to go for functional shelving that doubles up as a space to display fun and decorative touches like frames and trinkets.

7. Light It Up

Light is one of the final steps you’ll need to consider when deciding how to decorate your living room. However, it’s still incredibly important. Lighting transforms the look and feel of a space and can be the key difference between a room you find cosy and a room that feels unwelcoming. The type of lighting you go for will depend a lot on the amount of natural light that you have available. If you have big and bright windows then you might only need one or two extra small lamps to make the room feel homely in the evenings, while lots of extra light sources like spotlights and floor lamps will liven up even the darkest environments.

8. Add The Finishing Touches

Last but not least, kit your living room out with the finishing touches. You should definitely consider a rug, cushions and some fixtures and fittings on the walls, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide what will work best. Stand back and look at the room, is it missing anything? If so, now is the perfect time to fill any gaps and address any final needs with soft furnishings. With this step finished, all that’s left to do is enjoy relaxing and entertaining in your new space!

If you’re keen to make bespoke pet furniture part of your living room redecoration, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team or start your design online right away.

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