Is your living space no longer the welcoming oasis you envision? After a long day at work, it would be so nice to return home to a space that is calming, relaxing and welcoming. You don’t need the services of an expensive personal interior decorator or an unlimited budget to jazz up your living space. Follow these tried and true recommendations from the design experts to jump start your living space makeover.
Start by emptying the space of all furnishings. Items that are too large to move should be draped with drop clothes to protect from splatter. Remove art work form the walls and window treatments as well as drapery hardware. Patch and sand holes to prepare the walls for painting. The more effort that is put into preparing the walls for painting, the better the paint will adhere and the smoother the finish will be. Select a soft neutral paint color that compliments the rooms within eye sight of the space that’s being redecorated. If you’re having difficulty selecting a color, remind yourself that choosing a baby’s name is a huge decision, selecting a $25 gallon of paint should not be. Apply two coats of paint and touch up baseboards, molding, windows and doors as needed. Allow paint to dry and cure for at least twenty-four hours before returning any furnishings to the space.
Identify the focal point in the space. This could be the fireplace, a large bay window or substantial piece of furniture. Arrange the sofa and chairs in a conversation setting around the focal point. Resist the temptation to return smaller, occasional pieces of furniture to the space as this tends to create a cluttered look. If you have a large collection of accessories, consider displaying only a few at a time and storing the remainder to switch out during the course of the year. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select one of the luscious throws available from Things Remembered to compliment your new color palette. Select new window treatments and hang them two to three inches below the ceiling to draw the eye upward and increase the sense of space in the room. Welcome to your jazzed up living space!