When you are decorating and furnishing a living space, you want it to look good as well as be functional. This is even more important if you have a large family, as you want everyone to be comfortable as well. How is the best way to go about it? Here are a few tips that might help.
Start With A Plan Of The Room
Before you start going to furniture stores, measure the room and have a plan. On the plan, you can decide where the furniture will fit, and this can be much better than buying goods first and then finding it does not work. At least with a plan on paper, you can move things around to make sure things will go where you want them to without wasting any money before you have finished.
As part of your plan, you should allow for different areas, such as one for watching TV and another for the children to do their homework.
Look At What You Already Have
If you are moving from one home to another, or simply redecorating a room, look at the pieces you already have to see how much of it can be reused. You could hold a garage sale to get rid of the things you no longer want, and the money could be put toward what you will spend in the local furniture stores. You may also uncover a few things you can use that you didn’t know you already had!
Choose Sturdy Furniture
For a large family with several children, furniture that is not robust does not make much sense. Don’t choose delicate pieces that will be easily broken, but look for more sturdy items. You will be able to find furniture that is stylish, comfortable and durable and these are the sorts of pieces you should be buying.
Pick Your Decor
Choose neutral colors, but not white, and paint your ceiling a slightly lighter shade. If you want an accent wall make that a bold statement with a color that will stand out from the rest of the room.
Buy The Big Pieces Before Anything Else
Don’t just go out and buy all the furniture you think you need. Buy the big pieces first and get them in place to see how much room you have left. It might not be quite as much as you thought and you may have to adjust your plan to suit.
It could be useful when you have a large family to buy seating that has storage underneath. Of course, you will need enough seats for everyone to sit down at the same time, so room for stage could be scarce.
Look For Bargain Accessories
Once the room is painted and you have all your main furniture in place it is time to start put accessories into it. You can hang some pictures on the walls, have lamps, vases and other accessories. Do not overdo it with them though. Too many will just make the room look cluttered and will make it harder to clean. It will also just give the children more things to knock over and break