The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. The more simple version today is that you can’t finish something until you’ve started it. If you can make a strong beginning to something, it gives you the momentum to carry that work on and finish strongly. This is handy because, often, a large job takes time and money that you don’t have all in one go.
When it comes to remodelling a home, you need to make sure that you have everything in place to really make a good job of it. This can take a substantial budget, and also involve work that you can’t do in one go. So if you have to take breaks, for financial or lifestyle reasons, it is important to make sure that you prioritise well. If you need to break it down, start with one room and make it good rather than spreading it all too thinly. Get the decor right rather than rushing it.
For the sake of this piece, let’s take the living room. Although many realtors say that the kitchen really sells a house, the living room is the hub of any home. It is where you settle down for an evening to relax. It is where you spend family time. In short, if you’re looking to live in the home rather than sell it, it’s the most important room. And if you are looking to sell it, it won’t move without a great family room.
Let There Be Light!
Your living room needs to have light, and it needs to have it naturally and artificially. During the day, keeping the curtains open and allowing a sense of space from whatever light shines in is important. At night, you’ll need light that’s good enough to read by, repair things by and do homework by.
If you’re remodelling to make a room that really wows, then stylish lighting like Quoizel Chandeliers makes a statement.
Don’t Choose Between Safe Colours And Bold Ones
There is a golden rule of remodelling that says you should go colour neutral in the living room. You don’t want to scare potential buyers off with too bold a color palette. And even if you intend to stay there indefinitely, it’s still worth remembering. However, it doesn’t need to be wall-to-wall magnolia. A muted silver, or a stylish peach colour can work well. If you do go with magnolia, pick it out with stylish accents.
The Furniture: A Delicate Balance
The truth is, it isn’t easy to find living room furniture that is both comfortable and stylish. But you’ll need to do this if you want a great-looking living room. Put the footwork in and check out as many furniture stores as you can.
You’re looking for something that doesn’t scream “Grandma’s House”, but also doesn’t make you wince at the idea of sitting there. Your spine has to last all your life. Look for sharp lines but deep cushions. A bright colour, such as teal, can really make a room sing.
Doing a house one room at a time – or just bringing one room up to date – allows you to pace your work. It lets you be sure you’re happy with your decisions before you drop several thousands of dollars. Most importantly of all it lets you really get it right.