Ramp Up Your Living Space

Does your living room have a case of the blues? Dull paint, tired furnishings and an overall dreary décor can be less than welcoming after a long day at work. It’s easy to dream about the designer interiors splashed across the pages of nearly every major media outlet and also be intimidated by their price tags. You don’t need an unlimited budget or the services of an expensive private interior decorator to ramp up the décor in your living space. Follow these basic recommendations from the design experts and you’ll be welcomed home by your new space in no time. There’s no time better than the present to get started.

 

The first step is to set a budget. With a little imagination and a fair amount of labor, you can create a whole new space. The first step is to clear the room of furnishings, art work and window treatments. Any pieces that are too large to move cover them with drop clothes or large sheets. Place drop cloths down to protect the floor coverings.  Prepare the walls for painting by spackling nail holes and patching any damaged sheetrock. Sand as needed. Be mindful of the wall colors in the rooms within eyesight of the space you’re revamping. They should complement one another. Select a soft shade and let the furnishings and accent pieces become the focus. The paint color should serve as a soft backdrop. If you’re having difficulties choosing a paint color, remind yourself that naming a baby is a big decision, committing to a $25 gallon of paint is not. Apply two coats of paint to the walls and touch up the trim, baseboards and moldings as needed.  Steam clean carpets or hardwoods as needed prior to returning furnishings in the room. Wait at least twenty-four hours prior to returning furnishings to the room.

Edit the pieces to be returned. Smaller occasional furnishing pieces lend to a look of clutter and should be limited.  If you have large collections of accessories, consider showcasing only a portion and storing the remainder for rotation at various times of the year.  Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select new throw pillows and window treatments from the huge selection available at Home Decorators Collection. When hanging the window treatments, install the hardware three to four inches below the ceiling molding. Hanging draperies high will draw the eye to the ceiling height and make the space appear larger.

Congratulations. You’ve just revamped your living room décor. Enjoy your new space!