When you are looking for living room ideas, it is always helpful to gather the opinion of interior designers for their hard-earned interior tips. Perhaps one of the most important questions to ask yourself before remodeling is where to start? Here’s an interior designer giving her thoughts.
“Living rooms may be one of the most important rooms in a home, but it can be difficult to make a living room functional and inviting while still keeping it a forward-thinking space,” says Austin-based Sarah Stacey of Sarah Stacey Interior Design. (opens in new tab).
Below, Sarah has collected her best tips, tricks, and advice for perfecting your living room, whether you’re remodeling or just looking for a quick makeover.
1. Define your style
“What’s your style?” asks Sarah. It doesn’t have to match what your home’s previous owners liked; you can adapt what is now to what you like. “The previous fireplace in this room was very traditional and the homeowners wanted a more modern aesthetic. Renovating the fireplace wall presented a great opportunity to have a beautiful centerpiece and bring in architectural detail.
“The edge tile was replaced with a refined black stone and moldings were added to update the wall. The traditional mantelpiece has been omitted for a more modern look.’
The easiest way to define your style is to bookmark, take a screenshot, or save living room photos until you have a cohesive, consistent look you’ll love.
2. Consider the main purpose of your living room
The layout of the living room really depends on how you are going to use the room, so think about what you use the room for the most and make sure you don’t have any shortcomings.
“Decide how you want to use the space that determines the layout,” Sarah advises. “For example, if you often lounge and spend family time in the room, look at implementing functional and comfortable pieces that can be lived in.
‘Always make a furniture layout on paper and measure the correct measurements to determine exactly which dimensions are needed for the room. Make sure you have enough room to move around furniture, even if you work with a small space.’
For example, shared living room ideas are useful in living rooms that double as family rooms.
3. Determine your color palette
Living room color ideas are endless, but it’s often best to think in terms of a whole-home color scheme.
“Choose a color palette for the room that matches the rest of the house,” Sarah advises. “For a quick fix, changing a rug has a big impact on the overall look of the room and can set the tone for the entire space.”
4. Choose accent colors
“Identify your accent colors. To make a house feel cohesive, you should always offer versions of that color in other rooms so that the eye travels from room to room, it’s not jarring, just a nice give and take.”
5. Think about what you can spend
Personalization and living room styling are essential to the finished look, so always keep this in mind when redecorating.
“Limit your budget,” Sarah says. ‘Remember to allow at least 30% for accessories. Also, shop around your home to see if other areas might have items that could be put to better use in the new space.
Finally, enjoy your new space and remember, nothing is permanent! You can always tweak details here and there to help with your ever-changing lifestyle.”