Step back and take a look at your existing furniture and décor. Get rid of any pieces that are broken, outdated, too large, too small, or you just don't like anymore. If it's a family heirloom or a piece you want to keep that just doesn't fit in the living room, give it a new spot 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 income toward your redecorating project.
Color will set the tone for your room. A mostly blue and green room will have a calming effect, while vibrant colors (reds, yellows, and oranges) are energizing. A neutral room of whites, tans, and grays provides the ideal backdrop for bold accents.
Pick colors you love and want to see every day. Take a peek in your closet and note the hues you gravitate toward. Or if you're keeping an important piece of art or décor (left), select a palette based on the main colors of that item.
Spend time reading blogs and magazines to find your ideal style. 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 décor.
Once you've determined your style, you can begin purchasing new furniture in that style! Start with the big items (sofa, rug, and/or entertainment center), since they take up the most space and are the focal points of the room.
Tip! These 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!
Bring It Home
These editor-approved furniture pieces are offered in a range of styles, from traditional to modern and everything in between.