Decorating Ideas For a Living Room – Discover a Technique That Can Save You a Ton of Money

For many people the living room is the heart and focal point of the home. The living room has to cope with celebrations, parties, visitors, family occasions, romantic times or just quite relaxing reading or watching TV.
So you want to redecorate your living room to give it a change of mood or just a refresh.

Your problem is that your sofas existing colour limits your rooms potential choice of colour. In order to bring your full creative ability to play you need to get full colour control.
Your choices seem expensive i.e.:

1. Buy a new sofa that matches your colour scheme.
2. Get a new set of covers made for your sofa in your new colour.

Choices 1 and 2 are not only quite expensive but your colour choice may still be limited. There is a third and not commonly know option and that is to have your sofa covers dyed. It may be possible to strip the original dye out for a complete colour change. Unsightly faded areas may be covered and if required a stain resist finish may be added.

Advantages of having your sofa covers dyed are:

a. You may be able to have any colour you choose and specify.
b. It’s obviously environmentally friendly to recycle your old sofa covers.
c. Last but not least it can work out significantly more cost effective than purchasing a new sofa or covers, saving you a ton of money and giving you full control over the colour and mood of your room.

So now you have complete colour control. Lets look at the psychology of colour and how it can help to give your room a particular feel. You don’t want to get this wrong and have a room that has an aggravating effect on you or your guests mood. Pale colours will help a room look larger, while dark colours and busy wall coverings will make the room look smaller. Neutral coloured flooring will blend with any colour scheme, adding rugs can add colour and texture.

Basic moods for colours:

Yellows – cheerful, sunny, spacious (could be aggravating if too citrus and deep).
Pale yellows – neutral and cool.
Orange – intense and agitating.
Reds – masculine, arousing, stimulating, warms, passionate and aggressive.
Pinks – soft and feminine, arguments are unlikely in a room of this colour.
Pale blues – associated with space and calming.
Greens – associated with nature, ease on the eyes and calming.
Brown and earth tones – a sense of family, reliability and intimacy from brown and tan shades.
Purples – fertility and magic, could be seen as overpowering.
Black – Drama, making a statement.

If you want to experiment try pale or neutral walls and add colour with accessories.
These are just the basics there are endless variations of colour, now you choices aren’t limited you can experiment to find just the right colour fit in with you, your home and the mood you want to create.

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