7 Tips for Refurnishing your Living Room

With focuses on furnishing, minor renovations, and interior space updates, Lead Interior Designer Holly McClure specializes in helping clients turn their homes into timeless and curated spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful. We sat down with Holly to get her advice for anyone considering a living room refresh. Here are her top 7 tips:

  1. Change the paint color. Paint is an easy way to change the look of a space without changing too many things within that space. Don’t be afraid to take risks! Many people are afraid that dark colors make rooms seem smaller, but it’s actually the opposite. Dark colors create depth and make a room seem visually more expansive when it’s used throughout the space.

Holly’s favorite paint colors: Revere Pewter and White Dove by Benjamin Moore

  1. Invest in quality upholstered pieces with performance fabrics. This will ensure the pieces will resist wear and tear and spills and stand the test of time. Bonus: they’re also kid and pet friendly.
  1. Choose shapes and styles that are timeless. This allows you to change the larger pieces in your room – think sofa, rug, tables – less often and ensures your home always look classic instead of dated.

  2. Put thought into your accessories. When you mix in trendy accessories and smaller accent pieces, they’re easy to change and update as trends move through every 3-5 years.

Holly’s advice: “Remember that accessories are the third – and most important – layer of your home! The first layer is paint, including any finishes in the room, and the second layer includes any furnishings and larger rugs. The third layer brings the whole room together, and you can showcase your personality and take design risks without a huge investment.”

  1. Consider the scale of your furnishings and accessories. Don’t push all of your furnishings back against the walls of the space, instead bring everything together and make a cozy seating area.

  1. Utilize artwork as a focal point. A large print in an oversized frame will create maximum impact in any size space.

Holly’s advice: “Always use artwork from a local artist when you can. This is not only a unique way to bring personality into your space, but it supports local artists and gives a nod to the local artisan landscape. I love using local artwork and working with local artisans on projects.”

  1. Maximize seating options with moveable seating. Consider adding small ottomans and stools into your living room for when you’re entertaining and need some extra places for people to sit. These moveable options can be easily tucked away when they’re not in use, either under or beside your other furniture.
Are you ready to refine the spaces in your home? Looking for a classic and timeless design with a personal and curated feel? 
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