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How To Tell When Your Room Needs a Makeover

Your home should be a place that reflects your style. If your home isn’t an appealing or comfortable place for you to relax, it might be time to consider a makeover. It could be as simple as adding vinyl wall decals to your bedroom walls, to help get you motivated every morning or changing the curtains, to even switching up the carpets and getting new furniture. Regardless of what you choose to do, if you like it, then that’s all that matters.

When undertaking a makeover consider using some portable storage to keep your stuff out of the way while you get to work! The following list is a few reasons why you might need to revamp your space.

1) You’ve had the same furniture for years

Futon

If you’ve had the same furniture since college featuring a well-worn futon and a desk as a makeshift dinner table, it’s probably time for a furniture overhaul. Or maybe you picked out furniture that you loved decades ago but the everyday wear and tear is beginning to show. Maybe you inherited furniture pieces from your great grandparents and the mixing of contemporary and antique styles clash.

2) Your kids/animals have taken dominion over the room

Dog

Any parent or pet owner knows how difficult it is to keep things clean when spills and accidents happen on a much too frequent basis. If your furniture has been collecting stains and scratches over the years, it might be time to opt to purchase new furniture. Luckily, newer fabric technologies such as Revolution and iClean fabric combat stains and spills before they have a chance to set in. Check out our selection of these stain-fighting fabrics here.

3) You’ve recently remodeled

empty room needs makeover

If you’ve recently remodeled a room in your house with a new wall color or new flooring from Carpet Now – Austin Carpet Installation, it might be time to think about getting new furniture to match the room. Starting fresh in a room makes decorating easier than ever.

4) You avoid going in the room

Most everyone has that one room that we prefer to shut the door to when guests come over. It may be an extra room filled with junk that you’ve accumulated over the years that you would prefer your guests not go anywhere near.

5) The room is full of clutter

Clutter

It’s easy to leave clutter scattered across the house when you live a busy lifestyle. However, this can make your life feel hectic and unorganized. This problem can call for a complete room makeover that features storage-capable furniture. A storage coffee table or ottoman makes it simple to quickly get rid of clutter without having to organize the entire room when you’re in a hurry.

6) You’re starting to see your decor style on nostalgic internet posts

old furniture

If your furniture looks like it could be a relic in a museum, it might be time to update your style. It might be hard to let go of cherished furniture, but you owe it to yourself and your guests to modernize your home decor with a complete room makeover.

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How To Ruin Your Living Room

The living room is the room in the house that no one wants to leave. You want it to have everything, from comfort to the latest gadgets. Finding Audio Video Installers that can implement an easy to use system would be ideal too. How you choose to decorate this space can determine the atmosphere of the room – most everyone wants their living room to be an inviting environment for friends and family to relax. Although no one wants to intentionally ruin their living room, the following list is a sure way to do it.

1) Buying uncomfortable furniture

Stylish but uncomfortable furniture
That sofa you saw in the store may look great, but is it actually comfortable? A good looking sofa is practically useless if you can’t sit comfortably in it. The easiest way to ruin your living room is to fill it with useless stuff. It’s important to create a comfortable environment that you can see yourself spending hours binge-watching your favorite TV show or playing a board game with the family.

What to do: Test out your furniture while you’re in the store before you make the purchase. Instead of just sitting on it, lay back and get comfortable to figure out whether or not you can see yourself spending countless hours on it comfortably.

2) Not choosing a focal point

Choosing Focal Point in living room
This is a common mistake made by many when decorating their living room. Not setting a focal point in your room can create an unorganized and cluttered feel.

What to do: Choose a focal point such as the fireplace or TV to arrange your furniture around.

3) Trying to match every detail

This can be tricky since it’s naturally tempting to want to create flow and harmony in your space. However, matching every single color and pattern tends to make a room appear flat. Unless you particularly want your living room to look like a hotel room, mixing and matching styles is a great way to create contrast.

What to do: Incorporate contrasting colors and patterns into your living room decor to create a more dimensional look.

4) Using too many throw pillows

Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a great way to add an accent color to a couch or loveseat, but adding too many can make your sofa feel cluttered. Not to mention the pain of having to awkwardly ask your guests to move the pillows every time they sit down.

What to do: Limit your use of throw pillows or purchase pillows that you are okay with people sitting on.

5) Pushing furniture against the walls

Furniture Against Wall
Although it can be tempting to arrange your furniture against the wall to create an extra room, doing this can make a small room appear even smaller. Arranging your furniture closer together towards the middle of the room invites your guests to converse with one another.

What to do: “Float” your furniture away from the walls to create space in your living room.

6) Not properly caring for your furniture

Not taking care of your furniture can quickly lead to the downfall of your once beautiful living room. When properly taken care of, furniture can last much longer which eliminates the need of having to replace it as frequently.

What to do: Check out our last blog post for tips on how to properly care for your furniture to make it last longer.

7) Buying furniture that doesn’t fit

Furniture that fits

It’s easy to underestimate the size of furniture when you’re in a large showroom and buy something that’s way too big for your own home.

What to do: Use our Room Planner to enter your room dimensions and find out exactly how furniture would fit into your living room before you take it home.

8) Trying to float rugs

Floating rugUsing a rug in the middle of your living room with no furniture resting on it can cause the room to appear disproportional.

What to do: Measure your room and buy a rug large enough that all of the front feet of your furniture will be resting on top of it. If you are still struggling to decide on what rug to get, then it might be a good idea to check out something like Bazaar Velvet to give you a bit more inspiration on the type of rug you should get for your room.

9) Leaving clutter out in the open

This is a surefire way to make a perfectly good living room feel unorganized and messy.

What to do: Buy furniture that have storage options such as a storage ottoman or coffee table to quickly get rid of your living room clutter.

10) Not having proper lighting

Lighting

Lighting is an easy way to set the ambiance in your living room. Not having enough lighting can make a room dark and uninviting. Considering you can buy floor lamps here, for example, there shouldn’t be any excuses when it comes to investing in proper lighting for the home.

What to do: Properly use the 3 types of lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the overhead lighting that provides illumination to the entire room. Task lighting directs light to specific areas, such as lamps. Accent lighting provides drama and contrast in your room. If you wanted to keep the cost of these lights down, it might be a good idea to consider changing home energy providers. I hear Money Expert has a fantastic price comparison service worth checking out.

Ready to tackle your own living room? Check out the living room section on our website or our Pinterest board for inspiration.

We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.

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