Designing the perfect living room requires a lot of planning and preparation. You cannot just furnish and decorate such a room with random items and hope for the best. Whether you want to design a completely new living room or give your current interior design a small makeover, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure it’s done not only quickly, but also well.
Start with the basics
The first thing that has to be said is the fact that buying decorations should never be the first step of any redecorating project. At the very beginning, you should focus on creating the base for your new interior design – and this means making many important decisions. You need to pick the design style you want to implement, the materials you want to use, and the colours you want to add. The easiest and the safest choice when it comes to choosing a colour palette is sticking to bright and neutral tones – using them can help you make the entire room appear bright and airy.
Then there’s the matter of finding the best layout. Remember that all of the furniture should be placed in a way that is functional and gives you enough space to move around the room comfortably without anything standing in your way.
Combine design with comfort
Now that you already know what colour and materials you’re after, you can start looking for your new furniture. You don’t necessarily need to buy complete sets – while it’s a convenient solution, it may seem a bit too obvious at times. If you want to add a bit of playfulness and creativity to the entire design, you may get very interesting results by adding pieces that stay within the same style but have different shades or finishes, or go for a more eclectic look altogether and combine completely different styles in one project. But whatever you decide to go with in terms of style, comfort should always be at the forefront of your mind. When buying a sofa, you don’t just want it to look good, you want it to be the most comfortable sofa bed in the UK. And the same can be said about any other furniture piece you buy – it has to be beautiful, but it has to be comfortable and functional as well.
Layer your lighting
Lighting is one of the most important elements of any interior design project – and it includes both natural and artificial lighting. Sunlight can make your living room look a lot more welcoming, it can also help you visually enlarge it, making it look much bigger than it is in reality. But artificial lighting has a lot more to offer than just providing visibility as well. First of all, it’s important to point out that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one main ceiling lamp. Sure, it gives you enough light to brighten your room, but it’s not the most useful when it comes to creating atmosphere and adding character. This can be achieved by adding more layers of lightning – you can even use lights that are solely decorative. Be creative with your project and make it unique.
And now it’s finally time to start decorating – just remember to choose decorations that are either consistent with the rest of interior design or in some way meaningful to you. It’s also important not to add too many decorative items, you don’t want to unnecessarily clutter your room. It may be a good idea to go with functional decorations as well – it’s especially beneficial in smaller living rooms as it gives you a chance to use the whole potential of your living space.