Rethinking your living room?

When you move into a new home, it’s common to be unsure about how to decorate it. A thousand questions fly around your mind making it hard to actually get started. You’re thinking, what overall look do i want? Where do i buy the right furniture? Where is the best place for great deals? And so on…but don’t worry i was in exactly the same over-whelming position not so long ago.

For me, i had some difficulty deciding how to decorate my living room at the lowest prices possible without it looking cheap and tacky, while at the same time achieving a look that represented my personality.

I moved out of my parents house and into my new (much smaller) flat about 2 months ago and what i was faced with, i have to admit, i wasn’t prepared for at all. I thought: how do i decorate my living room to modern standards without breaking the bank?!

I am quite an organised person so don’t be freaked out by the extreme brainstorming that took place! I built up a scrap book made up of my favourite looks, designs and prices (organisation). I began with the focal point of my living room, and due to the lack of space, i decided that this would have to be the ever important sofa! I knew from my research in magazines and on websites that the ‘instyle’ range of sofas that would suit my living room but remain practical, was the corner group style sofas. Ah yes! I imagined it perfectly. Me and my very own corner group to relax on with a glass of chilled wine in one hand and the remote control in the other (no more squabbling with the little brother)…Bliss!

I tried websites such as ebay and among others and they offered some great furniture at discount prices. I also tried my hand at bargain hunting at the New Covent Garden Market and embarked on a few weekend carboot sale adventures, all in the hope of finding my dream furniture at the best possible prices.

As much as i enjoyed my new adventures, i decided that as a dedicated e-shopper and as someone with a busy lifestyle, the easiest way for me to buy my new furniture was through the internet. So with a little research under my belt, the next step was to visit a couple of well-known websites and compare prices. This wasn’t as easy as i thought it’d be, some websites had such beautifully crafted corner groups that at one point i actually (and quite rediculously) considered selling my car so i could afford them! When i finally came to terms with the fact that this was just not an option, i concentrated my energy on finding a website which offered stylish and affordable corner groups without the designer price tag. Sofasofa offer some great high quality, value-for-money sofas.

My next thought was the material. As you can see from the picture examples, the two modular corner groups are the same design, the only difference was the material. Once again, a few insane thoughts about how i could afford the more expensive leather corner group over the fabric one lingered for a while. Nevertheless, i realised that i sometimes dislike the cold feeling leather materials have and because i am slightly clumsy with drinks (red wine especially) i knew it had to be the machine washable loose fabric!

The next step was to choose other pieces of furniture and accessories which matched my new sofa. I knew straight away that the best deals would be on ebay and Ikea. After saving a little on the sofa purchase, i was able to buy more accessories than i anticipated such as cushions, throws, rugs, stools and a wall mirror; all of which matched the colour scheme of my sofa.

So now that i’ve finally decorated my living room, i have 5 top tips for you:

  1. If you’re unsure about how to decorate your living room, get ideas from magazines, (like these) and blogs to help you decide.
  2. Put together a scrap book, this will help you plan your overall desired look.
  3. Be bold! If you feel you are lacking in creativity (happens to everyone) try making the biggest piece of furniture the focal point of the room and keep everything else simple.
  4. If you’re looking for value for money, put good effort into comparing prices but don’t forget that quality is important too.
  5. Accessories can make a huge impact, good and bad! For a smaller room, try the minimalise approach otherwise you could end up with the ‘cluttered’ look!

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