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Decorating your living room when you are moving in

Moving to a new house can be a bit of work and usually, the first room of the house people want to get to right after they settle in is the living room. This is a place where people want to go and relax, watch tv, a place where you can spend time with your friends or family, maybe a place you’ve been working from during the past months.

It’s not always easy finding the right furniture and accessories for a space, especially if this is your first time buying a house, you’ve always lived in furnished properties or you are simply not sure where to start. In this short post, we’ll provide you with some great tips so you can make the most of your space and create a cosy atmosphere in your living room.

Start with the walls

First, you want to make sure that your walls will not clash with your furniture or décor and that the room will not feel ‘out of place’ compared to the rest of the house. If you want to play it safe, neutral, light colours such as white, cream or taupe will work with pretty much anything. If you’re feeling bold, you can opt for brighter colours or even wallpaper with a pattern you like.

If you like the idea of something more adventurous but are not quite ready to commit yet, you can choose to create an accent wall where you’ll place either the wallpaper or bold colour. It’s a good compromise as it will add a little something to the room without being too risky.

The importance of lighting

Light has a massive impact on the mood and atmosphere of a room, so it’s important to get it right. What is right for you will in part depend on how you spend your time there, but also on your choice of colours and how much daylight the room gets.

You may want to have more ‘practical’ lighting if you need a brighter light to see well, but adding smaller, warmer sources of light can be great for the evening when you need to unwind and are not really looking to spend time under a cold white light.

Choosing the right furniture

It’s natural to want something that looks great, but furniture also needs to fit in with the rest of your décor AND be comfortable so you can enjoy some downtime.

Looking at independent stores (both in-store and online) is a great way to find unique pieces or quality furniture at the best value possible. Smaller shops like Hunter Furnishing will still stock brands that are well-known, but they are not committed to one brand so can offer a good variety of styles. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when choosing your furniture, independent stores will have years of experience advising customers – which is ideal if you’re not sure what you need.

The importance of lighting

Light has a massive impact on the mood and atmosphere of a room, so it’s important to get it right. What is right for you will in part depend on how you spend your time there, but also on your choice of colours and how much daylight the room gets.

You may want to have more ‘practical’ lighting if you need a brighter light to see well, but adding smaller, warmer sources of light can be great for the evening when you need to unwind and are not really looking to spend time under a cold white light.

Accessories are keys

While ‘extras’ may it sound like an optional step, the little accessories you add to your living room can often do a lot to get that cosy feeling. Those ‘extras’ can be anything from rugs, throws, cushions, artwork, mirrors or even plants and flowers.

If you’ve chosen a rather neutral colours scheme, this can also be a great way to add touches of colours without going overboard – and you can even change it up more often than you would repaint your walls!

While it can seem difficult to get started when decorating a room, we hope these tips will help you in your endeavour and you’ll love spending all your time in your living room! We have more home & garden posts so be sure to check these out for more inspiration and advice.