Top 5 Living Room Design Tips for First-Time Home Owners

Top 5 Living Room Design Tips for First-Time Home Owners

Decorating your first home is very exciting but it can also be overwhelming! You've likely been using hand-me-down living room furniture up to this point and didn't really have a sense of style picked out. Now that you're able to afford to buy your own brand new furniture, you might have a few questions about what to get and how to set it all up. These five tips should guide you in the right direction.

1. Assess What You Have

Just because your existing living room furniture came as gifts from someone else doesn't mean it's not perfect for you. Take the time to assess what pieces you already have and determine if you love them and want to make them work in your new space, if you need to upgrade to a nicer version of the same piece, or if you want to get rid of it altogether. This will help narrow down what to look for when you go shopping.

2. What's Your Color Palette?

Depending on the pieces you decide to keep, your color palette might be decided for you. However, if your largest piece is a grey sectional sofa, for example, you are open to a world of possibilities. Take a trip to the home improvement store and check out paint samples, start with a shade of your favorite color, or scroll through Instagram and Pinterest to get ideas of what's trending.

3. Start with the Couch

The couch will likely be the largest piece of furniture in your living room so it makes sense to start there. If you frequently have guests over, consider getting a sleeper sofa for extra space. If you love to lounge and binge Netflix, a sectional might be the right choice for you.

4. Bring in Smaller Pieces

Once you have your perfect, most comfortable couch sorted out, you can start to add the other smaller pieces to the room. This can include side tables, coffee tables, and additional seating such as a small sofa or recliner. When arranging all this furniture, think of how the room will be used and what the traffic flow will be like. Don't forget to create conversation areas!

5. Add the Accents

The final step in completing the picture perfect living room is to add in all the small details. If you have wood floors, consider adding an area rug to warm up the space and make it more cozy. Likewise, you can't have the most comfortable couch without some throw pillows and blankets! Hang some art and picture frames on the walls to make your new house feel like a home.

Shop Our Sofa Store for Everything You Need!

If you've assessed what you already have and found yourself missing a few things, please stop by your local BT Furnishings sofa store! We have a variety of living room furniture pieces for any design style and budget including couches, tables, chairs, and even wall art!