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Updating Your Living Room – A step-by-step guide

nicely decorated living room
Written By
Eloise Bennan
Photographs By
JESSICA SCHRAMM FOR PARACHUTE
@parachutehome
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As the weather gets colder, we are all spending a little more time inside our homes. We at Parachute are invested in your comfort at home, from the intimate spaces like the bedroom to communal spaces like the living room. This is why we have new decor and furniture pieces to help make your living room a place you love. A living room can be a very versatile place in your house where you can gather, entertain, spend time with family, eat, or just curl up on the couch with a cup of tea. Whether it's just decluttering or completely redoing the space, taking on the task of updating an entire room can be daunting. To help you take on any project, we’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to update your living room. 

Step 1.

The first thing you need to do is take a look around and examine your space. Figure out what aesthetic you are trying to achieve. From there, you can figure out what to keep and what to upgrade. 

Step 2.

Planning on making any furniture changes? The next thing you need to do is take measurements. Look at your space and figure out the dimensions of every piece before you start shopping. One helpful way to avoid getting the measurements wrong is to put tape down on the floor in the places where the furniture will be placed. From there, you can measure the taped area before you start shopping! 

Step 2.5

This is also time to decide what pieces you want in your space. Does your family need a luxurious sofa for movie nights? The Drift Sofa may be an excellent option for you. Would you prefer a big cozy chair for an afternoon with a good book? The Pillow Swivel Chair could be the perfect addition. Or, a bold coffee table for entertaining guests? In that case, the Strand Coffee Table is a real show-stopper.

Step 3.

The next thing you need to do is pick out a rug. A rug can do wonders in giving your space a whole new life. You’ll also need to decide if you want an area rug that will cover the whole space or be used as an accent. Our Carved Wool Rug is simple yet unique with its large circular curve, and it’s incredibly plush underfoot, making it the perfect area rug. If you're needing a little more color in the room, try our Rib Wool Rug in Rust or Agate.  

Step 4.

Plan out the lighting. Lighting is one of the most essential elements in creating a cohesive aesthetic and enhancing your space. No one wants to feel like they are in the office when they’re at home, so make sure to look for soft, warm lights and steer clear of harsh white lighting. If soft accent lighting is what you need, our sleek Century Table Lamp is the perfect accessory to the space. If you are looking to make an even bigger statement, the Dawn Floor Lamp will help you set the mood perfectly. 

Step 5.

You’re almost done… Now here comes the fun part. It’s time to pick your decor! This should be the time when you really let your personal style come through. Pieces like pillow covers and throw blankets are great decor staples because they are easy to rotate and change up on a whim. If you are looking to transform your space with a sophisticated lux feel try our new Velvet Pillow Cover in Loden. You want to add a pop of color? Well, so did we! Try our Vintage Linen Body Pillow Cover in the new color Cobalt for an eye-catching addition to any room. Even the Mohair Fringe Throw in Raisin can add contrast and dimension to neutral colored furniture.

Step 6.

Take a look around, congratulate yourself and enjoy your new space!!