Does your living room or family room need help? Are you plum out of decorating ideas? Just feel like doing a little shopping and having a new room in a day? Perfect, I can show you how. Design ideas don’t come easy to many people so I like to help where I can.
As I search through my pictures and topics to write about, I realize I have not written much about Interior Design Joy. So, today, I will give you a step by step on a Living/Family room that was in serious need of an update.
This particular room was painted a fairly neutral colour so manual labour was not the issue. The issue appeared to be the room design, furniture layout and outdated decor items. Here are some before pictures:
Note that the very large sectional is actually blocking the entrance to the adjoining kitchen, the table is quite large and the rug is quite worn and dated.
Note that the curtains are very dark as is the sofa. The blinds are good quality and do provide some great privacy(the blinds stay)
Also note that the large portion of the sofa is no longer blocking the throughway to the kitchen.
Yes, those are dried flowers….gone!
Note that is is only 1/4 of the fireplace. The mantle is very large, luckily it has some lighter brick to work with in order to lighten up the room. Also note that all the decor items are dark, bringing the tone of the room down.
My design solution started with splitting and moving the sectional to clear out the entrance-way but not give up the ample seating. Next the dark faded curtains came down. The table and rug were also removed from the room. All the decor was taken from the room into the kitchen so I was working with a clean slate. Next stop HomeSense or for my American friends Home Goods(both owned by TJMaxx)
I purchased a light/fluffy and really thick area rug. The rug was the most expensive item in the makeover($300). I also purchased the round grey ottoman with the idea that the room needed more soft curves than straight lines and corners. You will be shocked with the next purchase…..pillows, pillows and more pillows. I also purchased soft linen curtains and a warm fuzzy throw. The picture on the mantle is also new. As you will soon see, all items were within the same colour scheme…you got it….blue.
There are several rules I tend to abide by when making over a room:
- Bring as much light in as you can. IE. table lamps, floor lamps, open windows and light coloured window coverings
- Mixing patterns. This is very “in” these days, as you can see it was easy to mix and match patterns and still have an easy flow to the colour scheme.
- I always try to use as much of the existing items as possible for 2 reasons…lower cost or personal momento.
- When using an area rug I try to ensure it is a contrast, light floor/dark rug, dark floor/light rug.
- I put a mirror in every room but the kitchen. Mirrors open spaces and can bring in more light with reflection.
- Layering. Note the round ottoman has a rectangular wood tray with an oval metal tray and XO in black. Layers simply work and bring warmth into cool areas. In this case, my clients are soon to be married, I was bringing the love with the XO.
- Clocks. Decorating with clocks is easy and inexpensive. In this case the clock is small and on the mantle. These days you can get clocks in all shapes and sizes. They look great and oh wow, tell you the time.
This was a quick makeover with very little manual labour. Additional funds could have been saved by recovering old pillows but what fun is that :-). In the end, the room cost less than $1000 and my customer was thrilled.
“Makeover Machine”- Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen