So You Think You Can Design | Part 3

This 3-part blog series has been all about hiring a professional. Why? Because it’s the smart thing to do! But, when it comes to redecorating your living room you just might be able to cut those corners and DIY!

DISCLAIMER: If you know your design skills are limited at best then always consult a professional. Sometimes the money you save isn’t worth the humiliation that comes with a badly decorated room. Sorry! We’re just being honest.

What Is The Direction? | When you step back and look at your living room, do you think complete overhaul or just minor tweaks here and there? This is always your first step!

Do You Need New Furniture? | Once you’ve determined the severity of this redecoration, let’s talk furniture. If you old furniture in no way meshes with your new design then it’s out with the old and in with the new. Think short pieces because they help keep an open floor plan. You can use area rugs to define individual “rooms” without wall barriers ruining the flow.

Give Beige a Break | Now that you’ve decided on furniture and rugs, let’s talk walls. For the love of God, no more beige! It’s time to give your home some character and pizazz…nothing about beige is pizazz. If your home is smaller then you’ll need to go with lighter colors such as a shady grey so that the room doesn’t feel so closed in. But, if you have a lot of space to work with then go bold with a navy blue.

Where Is the Storage? | I’m all about a clean line and no clutter but in order for that to happen you have to have ample storage in the space. Ditch the standard end tables with drawers and go more chic with tall bookshelves that you can incorporate fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.

Decorating | Add color to the room with the decorative pieces you choose. Whether it is artwork, flowers, candles, books or blankets; bring the color! But don’t get too crazy by staying within one to two color pallets.   

We sincerely hope that this series of So You Think You Can Design helped save some home catastrophes. Feel free to share your redecorating hits and misses in the comments below!