Since starting the Home series several weeks ago, where I planted the seed about turning the place where you live into a home that you love. We’ve been on a bit of a journey, discovering your design style and starting to understand why uncluttering your home is not something to be afraid of. There’s been lots of discussion about the importance of a welcoming entrance way at your home, and the positive impact that having a designated dining area has on the home’s residents. Those that have taken up the challenge so far and have put some time and effort into the place where you live. I hope you have celebrated your efforts and are now enjoying the increased sense of belonging that comes with living in a space that you’re proud to call home?
This week, it’s all about your living room and depending on the size and style of your place. This space could be an open plan living space that is used for everything, separate formal and family living rooms or a high-tech entertainment room and separate living space.
Regardless, of the type of living spaces that you have in your home. You’ll want them to be inviting spaces, that are comfortable to relax in and provide a social interaction space for those visiting and residing in your home. Gone are the days when lounge room suites were all matchy matchy and included a sofa, several chairs and cushions in the same fabric. With coffee and side tables that were the same design as the seating. There was usually one central light fitting in the ceiling and a standard lamp with a large shade that was neither task or mood lighting. Now it’s all about comfort and relaxation, with a combination of sofa, chairs and cushions in different fabrics and designs. That welcome you into the room to curl up and relax on your own, or socialise with your house mates and visitors. This is a great space to show off your memento’s that are styled together in uneven clusters and placed around the room. Rather, than a jumble of your hoardings on every surface.
Whatever, the living room situation you have in your home. With a bit of imagination and hard work it can be turned into a space that makes you sparkle. Taking the time to answer the following questions about your living spaces, will start you off in the right direction to have a living space that you love.
- Does the décor of this room match your new design style?
- What is this room used for?
- Does this space meet the needs of what you use the room for?
- If it is a multi purpose room, does it offer separate nooks for different uses that can be used all at the same time?
- Is there enough comfortable good quality seating, that is suitable for lounging, socialising and tv watching?
- Is there enough task and mood lighting?
- Does the positioning of the furniture allow for easy access into the room and foot traffic through this?
- Do the window treatments provide enough privacy, sun shade and warmth?
TIME FOR ACTION:
Armed with all this information it’s time to take up the challenge and provide your home with living spaces that invite you in and encourage you to relax.
- Remove everything from the space and give the area a good clean.
- Sort through all items that are currently in this space, removing any clutter along the way.
- If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how you would like this space to look. Spend some time in your favourite interiors stores, looking at magazines or on Pinterest getting some inspiration.
- Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the questions above. When doing this remember that it’s not about just throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things that were already in this space, or from somewhere else in your home?
- When putting your new room together, start with the placement of your base furniture. Then dress the space by adding texture and colour with your memento’s, artworks, plants and specialty lighting that can be swapped out with the change of seasons.
- Once you have done all you can with what you have already have, it’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
- Take a photo of your newly transformed entrance way and compare it to what was there previously.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages and add your comments in the section below.
Next week it’s all about the Kitchen. If there is anything that you would like me to include, drop me a line at [email protected]