It’s always nice to make a fresh start, especially at the beginning of a new year. If you feel that you’d like a new look for your living space, but don’t want to move to another property, then you are likely considering a home renovation. What can you do to start the process, while you consider more significant changes?
Try a Simple Change First
Firstly, try to make better use of the space that you have at the moment and take a good look at your living room. It’s likely that all the furniture items are lined up next to the walls, as this is how people traditionally try and fit as much as possible into the room available. While some items may well need to be next to the wall, as they need to be plugged into a recessed power point, most everything else does not.
If you have a particularly large room, you may find that there is a lot of “dead” space in the middle. You could create a far cosier, or more romantic effect by pulling the furniture towards the middle and arranging it around a central coffee table instead. Almost immediately, your living space won’t feel stuffy or formal any more.
If you find that you’ve got too much furniture to be able to achieve this type of change, consider whether you actually need every single item. Often, people carry furniture items from one property to another, accumulating extra pieces as they go, without really thinking about their absolute functionality. You might be surprised how much better your living space could be if you adopt a minimalist approach.
Less Electronics, More Entertainment
Are you like many Australians, arranging your living room furniture around the television as a central focal point? An increasing number of people are realising that TV addiction can kill family cohesion, as people tend to focus on the electronics rather than good, old-fashioned conversation. Instead of having your sofas and side chairs facing an entertainment centre (as if it were some Holy Grail), situate them at 90° instead. This will place far less emphasis on the screen and more on family chats instead.
You might get rid of the entertainment centre altogether, once again with a nod to the minimalist look. Mount your flatscreen TV on the wall in a location where it is accessible but not the “be all and end all” of your home design.
If these simple changes have given you the inspiration for a more complete home makeover, have a word with some design experts to come up with a comprehensive plan.