Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your living room probably won’t be decorated in one, either! Getting it right takes time. The last thing you want to do is look around your room and feel like you made hasty decisions. It’s best to map out your goals and then tackle them layer by layer, starting with the things you need most and building on them as time goes on. Here’s how to put together a beautiful living room in three simple stages.
The first stage is all about establishing your room’s foundation with those must-have pieces, like a sofa
. By opting for a neutral color like almond for your furniture and walls, you’ll have more decorating options when you begin piecing your room together. And if you want to inject some punch into your space, look to your throw pillows
and a few color-coordinated accents.
As you build your room, it’s smart to invest in multipurpose pieces that can be moved around or used later—and nothing fits the bill better than a storage ottoman
! Alone, it’s useful for corralling throws, pillows and kids’ toys, or it can act as extra seating when you need it. Set a tray on top and instantly transform the ottoman into a convenient coffee table.
A console table for your TV is another good piece to build on. Starting with a sofa table will provide a place for your TV now, and it can be repurposed when you’re ready to invest in an entertainment center with more storage and display space. To finish your first stage, incorporate simple, sheer window treatments.