It’s good to change things up now and then. Sometimes you can feel like your stuck in a rut, and everything feels the same as it was yesterday and the day before that. Some people try to inject some spontaneity and variety into their lives by giving certain aspects an overhaul, anything from a new hair colour or style right up to refurbishing the exterior of their home. If you work from home or are a stay-at-home parent, things can start to feel a bit repetitive very quickly. You can give your home a new lease of life and change up your surroundings in a weekend by redecorating a room in your house. Seeing as the living room is where most people spend the majority of their waking hours whilst at home, it’s a good place to start. Below are the four key aspects you need to think about and plan for when redecorating your home.
This is arguably the most important part of redecoration, as poor preparation can ruin all your hard work and render your interior decoration endeavours useless. You should remove any old wallpaper by using a steamer or hot soapy water and a scraper. You should then sand all surfaces to be painted or wallpapered to ensure they are smooth. Any cracks or pitting can be remedied with interior filler and then sanded when dry. Whether painting or wallpapering, it is important to make sure all surfaces are clean and free of dust and dirt. Using a simple sugar soap to clean the walls and ceilings the day before you plan to paint is a good idea, and it also doubles up as an excellent household cleaner if you have any left over. You should also protect you flooring and any furniture that can’t be moved out of the room by laying down some sturdy dust sheets. Don’t forget to protect yourself too. All that sanding can release tiny particles into the air which you can breathe in. Wear a dust mask and suitable protective eyewear, as well as coveralls to protect your clothing.
For most people, this is likely to be the most difficult part of redecorating, mainly because it takes so long to decide what colours you want to use. There are many top tips when creating your interior colour scheme, but the main thing to bear in mind is that if you are going to spend a lot of time in the room, picking a neutral colour to be predominant is likely to be your best option. For the last few years, grey has been extremely popular. This is due to the fact that it can be an incredibly complex choice, with undertones of blue, brown, green, and many others. How the lighting interacts with the paint can change the feel of a room. Do you get lots of bright natural light, or is it usually cloudy and overcast? What kind of interior lighting does the room have? These factors will all play a part in your colour choice. You could choose to have a statement or feature wall. This could incorporate a patterned wallpaper, stencilled patterns or a simple, bold choice of paint colour. Above all, be reserved and avoid making the room seem claustrophobic with an excess of bright and bold colours.
Once you’ve come to a conclusion with regards to the simple question of hardwood/laminate or carpet, there is then the choice of colour or tone to bear in mind. Ideally, you want your flooring to be neutral so as to allow future redecoration if desired, so no bright colours or patterns. Again, think of neutral colours such as beiges, greys, browns etc. Plain black or white will show up dirt, dust, and other bits in equal measure. However, a carpet with a flecked design can provide a suitable camouflage for those who aren’t able to hoover every day. Wood flooring is rarely a bad choice as it is very versatile and easy to clean. Avoid the overly pale or dark and your flooring should be able to compliment several redecorations with ease. Beech, Walnut, and especially Oak are all popular wood effects to consider.
You may not be thinking of replacing your current sofa or three-piece suite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think about furniture. Beyond the obvious colour choices, think about textures and styles that compliment the rest of the room. Simple changes like lamps or decorative ornaments can make a world of difference to a room and really make your design choices stand out.
There you have it, a simple guide to the basics of choosing how to redecorate your living room. If you are well-organised and plan in advance, you should be able to start decorating on Saturday morning and be done in time for a nice glass of wine on Sunday evening to congratulate yourself on a job well done.