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I’m redesigning my living room – where do I start?

I’m redesigning my living room – where do I start?

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I am constantly redesigning bits of my living room, moving things around and replacing individual items of furniture.

Every time I get something new to add, or change a particular feature, I wish that I had the opportunity to redesign my living room from scratch. This is because there can be no easier way of redesigning a room than by starting with an empty room where anything goes. So that would have to be the best place to start your redesign – with a blank canvas.
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Obviously though, having a blank canvas isn’t that easy in reality. Most of us have to carry on living in our homes; we still need somewhere to sit! So sometimes the only way to start a redesign is by tackling things bit by bit.

If you’re ultimately intending on changing everything about your room, and doing a full redesign, I would suggest picking your favourite must-have feature. It could be a sofa, or it could be some new flooring, it could be a new colour for the walls or even just a lovely new lamp you’ve just bought. Then, once you have that definitive item in, you can slowly redesign everything around it, matching things up, buying new things or recycling your older items.
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So, if you’ve got the budget to get in a new sofa, start with that. Pick the colour you want and the style that you want and get it in your living room straight away. Then see what looks good with it. Maybe a lot of your furniture is already compatible; maybe you will need a new chair or sideboard too. Paint the walls a complementary tone; get new pictures for your walls that match the sofa. Get a rug that harmonises with the new style and a coffee table that links everything together. Build up bit-by-bit, so you can adjust things as you go, over time. And then, hopefully, end up with a finished room where nothing looks out of place!
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