Living Room Makeover Ideas

Season 1, Episode 5

Today, we are taking ReArranging to the next level!  We are ReArranging and doing a Makeover!  At first glance, there is nothing wrong with this room.  But look closer and you will find that the basics are here, but where are the interesting details?  So much potential just waiting to be discovered in this space.  We switched out the sofas for a softer contrast with the walls.  Then, we added a rug to ground the conversational grouping.  COLOR!!!  A chili red chair was just the thing to make this room pop!  Never forget that artwork adds dimension, and lamps can be interesting as well as functional.  The result is a room that invites as well as entertains. 

We will be making over an ordinary living room to show you precisely what is possible when you decorate your home. The combination of furniture and accessories that make a living room are wildly variable, and they offer so many possibilities. One could spend hours mulling over different colors of futon mattresses for their living room alone. Matching furniture to the room, adding accent pieces, and enhancing depth to a room are all critical components of this makeover. Hopefully, some of these tips will inspire you when decorating your home!

Matching Furniture to The Room

The first thing we're going to do is match the couch and other furniture to the room. The walls are a brown-red, so the furniture we choose should go well with this. We added a gray couch in order to form a softer contrast with the walls. You should always choose how much you want your furniture to contrast with the walls in advance of buying it. Always decide whether you want strong or soft contrast with the walls. Darker furniture necessarily contrasts with standard white walls, but most other furniture is versatile depending on your wall color. Once the decision of strong contrast, soft contrast, or matching has been made, start looking at furniture colors. Bold primary colors, such as red, yellow, or blue, naturally create a striking look in a room. Primary colors generally serve as visual focal points. However, they are not easy to blend well. Other colors are also options, with softer secondary colors being prevalent choices for those looking for strong color palettes that can be blended well. Use neutral tones on your furniture if you aren't sure which color you want.

Accent Furniture

In the video, a red armchair serves as an accent chair for the room. Color is essential when considering accent chairs, but we are going to focus on the accent chair itself instead. An accent chair is useful as a focal point for the room, and it can add class as well as utility to a space. The red armchair in the video adds a dash of visual excitement to the room's neutral gray furniture, and it serves as a great optical addition to the room. When considering accent furniture, it is important to think of both form and function. Form is obviously how the chair looks, but function is an often-overlooked factor in selecting an accent chair. Function is just what use the accent piece will have. Will you be sitting on the chair while watching TV? What about while reading? Will guests use this accent chair? All of this affects how long and for what purpose someone will be sitting in the chair. You don't necessarily want your guests sitting on the same chair that you want to sit in and read for hours. Alternatively, you don't want the same chair that you use for work to be the one that guests will be seated on, as the requirements are different. In any case, accent chairs should have both form and function taken into account when decorating with them. Accent chairs can elevate the look of a space almost effortlessly, so they are worth considering for any living room makeover.

Adding Depth

Adding dimensionality to a space is a very important part of decorating a living room. In the video, a rug and various paintings and wall decorations are used to add depth to the room. The contribution of another dimension to a room is done carefully with various accessories to your furniture. A painting on the wall, for example, is an excellent way to boost dimension in a room. The goal of adding depth to a room is to break up the plain visual qualities of the furniture and wall in the room. Another way to contribute dimensionality to a room is the addition of an optical draw to, say, a side table. A Newton's cradle on a side table (If you like science) is a unique conversation-starting accent piece that multiplies the character of a room. The plain lines and colors of the furniture get broken up by a unique item that stands out. You can also have a strategically placed antique globe on a ledge or just framed pictures of your family on the wall. All of these decorating tactics are useful for adding depth to your living room.

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