You come home, see the living room, think “maybe it’s time to refresh this space”, and you start imagining all sorts of changes to make. Remodeling your living room can make your space feel brand new, more updated, more functional, and more enjoyable.
Let’s go through 5 tips to make your next living room rework easier and more fruitful!
Tip 1: Factor in Function & Lifestyle
Your living room’s design should depend on what you intend to use it for. Does your family love relaxing and watching TV in the living room? Do you want the room to host large parties or smaller, more intimate gatherings? Or do you want a peaceful space for your afternoon coffee?
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Finding out the fitting function (or functions) of your space early on will help you better plan out your remodel or renovation. In addition, you will be able to create a living space that properly suits your family’s needs that can also achieve your ideal aesthetic.
Tip 2: Know and Work with What You Have
Working with what you have requires that you know what you have. Knowing the physical limits of your space can help set the tone of your rework. If your space is on the smaller side, are you willing to break down a wall to expand? Or do you want to make the small space feel large? If you have a larger space, how much of it do you intend to fill up with furniture or accessories?
Measuring a bare room can help you better map out the space and understand its limitations. From there, you can create diagrams, determine how to work with the space, and begin making estimates for furniture. When in doubt, hiring a professional can help!
Tip 3: Rearrange or Change Furniture
If you’re already happy with the physical size of your space but want to redesign on a tighter budget or if you’re pressed for time (perhaps you have an upcoming party?), then shuffling and updating furniture can be the best methods to refresh your room’s look.
Switching the seating around and updating other pieces like coffee tables or area rugs can give your living room a fresh energy. You can also replace several chairs with a more comfortable sofa for a more relaxing seating experience without losing out in terms of number. Need more space for gatherings? Try moving standing lamps out of the space or put individual chairs closer together.
Tip 4: Lights Add Life
Adding the right lighting can make a night-and-day-level difference to your space. Consider the mood you want for your living room and browse through the multitudes of available lighting options to find what works best. The aesthetic appeal, source, and intensity of illumination can all make a massive difference to your living room’s atmosphere.
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Brighter lights can easily switch up the mood from calm to more energetic (and vice versa). Some lighting fixtures, like chandeliers, can also work as focal points that help people’s eyes tend upward, creating the illusion of a taller space. For more natural lighting, you can opt to replace your windows or add a few more to welcome an extra bit of sunshine.
Tip 5: Think Big, then Small
Remodeling your living room can be daunting at first and breaking it down into steps can help ease the burden. An easy way to divide the tasks and figure out the steps is to consider if they are “big” or “small” action points.
Big tasks can encompass actions like choosing a color scheme, breaking down a wall to expand your space, repainting the walls, creating an accent wall, redoing the ceiling to introduce better lighting, changing your windows, updating or adding large pieces of furniture, removing or adding a carpet, and so on. These tasks can eat up a lot of your time and budget; figuring them out first can set the direction for the rest of your decision making.
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Small tasks can include choosing accessories like art pieces for your coffee table or shelves, adding accents through throw pillows or ornate bookends, deciding to use smart bulbs that connect with your tech, picking a cute coaster set to leave on the table, and so on. These tasks are not as difficult or budget-breaking but they still have an impact on the overall look and feel of your living room.
Whatever you decide to do with your living room, we hope you build a space that you’ll love and enjoy. If you’re ready to renovate your walls and ceilings, check out our online store to find HardieFlex® NexGen™ fiber cement boards with MoldBlock™ technology.
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