If you are stuck for ideas you can find them in magazines, on the internet and in your local furniture department store. In actual stores you will get to see first hand the various styles available for each room. One advantage of this also is that the styles are the most modern so if you do want to keep up with the times then a department store is definitely where you should look for inspiration. On the Internet you will find literally thousands of ideas and in magazines you will also find plenty of ideas to keep you occupied. So when it comes to inspiration you should definitely not have a problem.
Custom made and fit slipcovers are not inexpensive; consider the amount of fabric and the labor involved. They serve a multitude of functions and will be well worth your investment. A slipcover can actually increase the longevity of your initial purchase, the sofa or chair you are covering, by protecting your piece from every day wear and tear. Think of all the kids, feet, pets and spills that end up on your sofa. Now the dirt and grime can end up on your slipcover and then easily disappear into the washing machine!
When Susan Kostelecky of SK Designs in Houston, Texas needed to design a slipcover for a little girl’s room, she took creativity to a new level when she designed a ”ballerina” slipcover. Decked out in tulle, satin, embroidered flower buds and ribbon, an old wooden rocker with a cane seat has been transformed into the belle of the ball. Not surprisingly, this is the favorite piece of furniture in the room.
A simple change in furniture arrangement gives any room a new look. If you can change the traffic flow of the room you’ll find it has a different feel altogether. If there are multiple focal points in your room change focus to from the old point to a new one. The family room is usually arranged around a focal point, so by changing the way the main feature appears can change the look of the room. A new entertainment center or a LED television can make this change, and other tricks can be retiling the fireplace or replacing the mantle. If the window is the focal point redecorate the windows.
Set your seating – If you want your living room area to be a place where those inside it can easily socialize, arrange your seating facing each other – or at right angles to each other – so that the seating space feels intimate. As described before, it should still be in front of or centered around your focal point. You will also have to decide if you wish to place a table or ottoman in the center of the seating, for placing drinks, etc, or if you wish to keep this space clear. If you choose the later, add small tables to the seating arrangement line (e.g. next to sofa ends or in between the squares created by placing the seats at right angles. These squares are also great for adding lamps.