Here’s Your Brand New Living Room On a Budget
Reinventing any room can come at a price. It’s a project that, when approached with the right plan and budget, can be fun, creative and inspiring. Of course, if you aren’t prepared, it can be stressful, taking your time — and money — along with it.
So take notes. Below, we’ve put together three important steps to making over your living room on a budget, without sacrificing style or quality. The experts at Studio 822 in Glen Mills can take it one stride further through their range of offerings, including in-home consultations, personal shopping assistance and planning guides. Start with this post for inspiration, head to the shop for help with execution, and go home to settle into your cozy, brand new living room.
Build Your e-Floor Plan
Remember when you were a kid rearranging your bedroom, and you had to sketch out the parameters, the doors, the outlets and the windowsills to make sure you had everything right? The Studio 882 Room Planner is the adult version of this, allowing you to size up the correct measurements of your space, drag and drop your furniture, add notes for specific measurements and share your new floor plan via email (or, print it out for your in-store consultation).
Once you have the nuts and bolts mapped out, you can get to the fun part: decorating. When switching older pieces of furniture for newer models, make sure you keep function in mind. You’ll want to prioritize more dollars for sofas, entertainment centers and anything else with a more than visual job to do. For things that hold more form than physical use — mirrors and other accessories, for example — you won’t need to worry so much about wear and tear.
To start, compile a list of “must haves,” accent rugs, updated lighting, a modern sofa, cabinetry and the like, and make sure they are top priority when pulling from your budget. Working around these big picture items will help you understand just how much you’re able to spend on the little things and will help you truly understand what it is you want out of your redesign.
Pull Inspo From Everywhere
Pinterest is a great place to get inspired, specifically if you’re looking to redecorate a room (or plan a wedding). Studio 882 has a living room-specific Pinterest board with countless ideas to take from, including contemporary splashes of color, patterned accent walls and visual guides from their specialists. Interested in mixing vintage pieces with some more modern accents? There’s a board for that. Additionally, it’s a good idea to get inspiration where you least expect it — pull from things you see every day that will make you feel at home and cozy, like the autumnal foliage or calm neutral tones of your favorite seaside vacation spot. For a spread of fully designed living rooms, visit Studio 882 website where their expert decorates have compiled some swoon-worthy living room photos complete with a breakdown of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that can all be purchased right from the page.
Pick a Color, Texture or Trend
While clashing color is definitely a trend in 2017, it’s a good idea to go into your living room redux with a color or texture in mind. Sticking to one concept at the beginning of your makeover will help you from picking pieces on impulse only to go home and find that they don’t go together… at all. As we mentioned in a previous post, textured beiges, navy matched with gold and a Jackson Pollock-esque color theory are currently in vogue, but when it comes to your place, you need to make sure you’re speaking to your own style. Keep in mind: you should splurge on textures you will not only see but touch. Sofas or sectionals, rugs and even accent pillows in soft silks and rich velvet will keep your space looking (and feeling) heavenly. As for curtains and window treatments, opt for budget-friendly options that still look pretty from afar. Trends come and go, but quality and personal taste is classic — and will last forever, stretching your budget even further.
For more inspiring ideas, visit Studio 882 at 101 Applied Bank Blvd, in Glen Mills, or call 610-314-8820 for a design consultation.This is a paid partnership between Studio 882 and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio