Step back and look at your existing furniture and decor. To make space, get rid of furniture that’s damaged, outdated, too large, too small, or that you just don’t like anymore. If it’s a family heirloom or a piece you want to keep that doesn’t fit in the living room, give it a new spot somewhere else in your house.
Now that you have only the pieces you want to use going forward, you’re ready for the next step!
Tip! Donate your unwanted items or host a yard sale and put that extra cash toward your redecorating project.
Choose a Color Palette
Color will set the tone for your room. A mostly blue and green room will have a calming effect, while vibrant colors (reds, yellows, oranges) are energizing. A neutral room of whites, tans, and grays is the perfect canvas for bright, bold accents.
Pick colors you’ll love seeing everyday. Take a peek at your wardrobe and note the hues you gravitate toward. Or if you’re keeping an important piece of art or decor, select a palette based on the main colors of that item. For more advice on how to get started, read How to Choose a Color Scheme .
Design: D2 Interieurs
Tip! To learn more about decorating with color, check out our Home Color Guide for Beginners.
Design: Urrutia Design
Pinpoint Your Style
Spend time reading blogs and magazines to find your ideal style. Pinterest is a great resource, too! If you love clean lines and exposed wood grains, you might like mid-century modern. Or if you prefer painted wood and slipcovered seating, you may love country decor.
Once you’ve determined your style, now comes the fun part: purchasing new furniture! Start with the big items—a sofa, rug, and entertainment center—since they take up the most space and are the focal points of the room.
Tip! Big purchases should reinforce your style. If you’ve chosen to decorate in a traditional style, don’t purchase a modern sofa. It will only create confusion!