Planning Your Living Room Decorating Project

Would you love to redecorate your living room, but don’t know where to begin? If you’ve lived with the same furniture, arranged in the same way for a long time, it can be hard to envision something new. Living room decorating may be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

The first step to living room decorating is to identify how the room is primarily used. Knowing the purpose of your living room can help you decide exactly how to decorate it. If you have not redecorated for several years, the purpose of your living room may have changed. What was once a children’s playroom may now be the place where you most like to read.

The living room furniture you have in place today might no longer suit your needs according to the room’s purpose. Have several of your children grown and moved out of the house? Do you still need an eight-foot long couch for television viewing, or the rocking chair you used as a young mother? Do you need an additional coffee table or new end tables?

Create a floor plan for your furniture. Look for items you can eliminate and replace with more appropriate items over time if necessary. You can always add more items; taking them away is what most people find challenging. This is why living rooms commonly become cluttered with too much furniture and too many furnishings. Remember to plan for open spaces as you create your floor plan.

Living room decorating involves rethinking furnishings as well as furniture. As you plan, visualize removing all of your furnishings, leaving only the furniture in place. Now, add back in only those items you truly want to display and will enjoy caring for on a regular basis.

You will probably find many of your furnishings are worn or dated; selecting new furnishings can be a fun part of living room decorating.