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How to decorate your living room?

The living room is at the heart of our daily life, a room with many functions, a place of relaxation as well as conviviality where we like to spend time. It is therefore important not to neglect its layout. To avoid making mistakes, we give you some key rules to follow.


– Choose the flooring of the living room
– Find the right place for the sofa
– Arrange the furniture in the living room
– Install the light in the living room
– Treat the decoration of the living room

1. Choosing the floor covering of the living room

Place of passage par excellence, the show requires a suitable flooring. Whether you are alone or with your family, choose a resistant floor and avoid light colors. The all-terrain floor, especially if you have children and animals, is tiled , with various styles. Too cold for the feet? Choose real parquet , warm wish. Or a PVC floor or natural fiber whose current models have a lot of style.

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2. Find the right place for the sofa

The sofa is the central furniture of the living room, the one that will determine the atmosphere of the rest of the room. Spontaneously, it is placed back to a wall , provided that it is facing another wall where will be installed the TV or the fireplace and giving priority to space for a beautiful coffee table. If the room is very spacious, the sofa can be placed across the room to serve as a partition between a lounge area and a dining area for example.

3. Arrange the furniture in the living room

To place the other furniture, ask yourself what are your habits in the room, what you like doing there. For example, provide an empty space for children to play, one or two extra chairs depending on the space, on both sides of the sofa. Then a coffee table proportional to the size of the sofa, or several assorted.

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4. Install the light in the living room

Light must be abundant in this central room: we multiply the light sources to adjust the brightness at different times of the day. On the ceiling, if you have enough height, it can be a big suspension . Without electric ceiling, prefer a floor lamp proportional to the room. In addition, finish with extra lamps that you will use to read in a subdued atmosphere or watch TV.

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5. Treat the decoration of the living room

The living room is a reflection of your personality, with its colors, accessories and decorative objects. To organize them, before starting, list the materials and colors that you want to integrate and harmoniously decline cushions, wall frames, small furniture, textiles and plants to complete the layout of the room. It’s the finishing touch that will make you feel good.

DIY: how to repaint an Ikea furniture?

To have an Ikea furniture that does not look like that of the neighbor, the easiest way is still to paint it … Provided however to master the art of painting on furniture melamine or laminate. For a clean hack, without burrs and without effort (or almost), the writing explains how to repaint an Ikea furniture in 5 steps. To your brushes.

Our 5 key steps:

– Before repainting furniture Ikea: you need …
– Prepare and clean the furniture Ikea to paint
– Frosting the surface of furniture Ikea
– Apply an undercoat (if necessary)
– Repaint furniture Ikea

1. Before repainting furniture Ikea: you need …

Before you start painting your furniture kit, it is best to prepare your painter kit. To repaint your Ikea furniture, you need:

  • A sponge and some laundry (or Marseille soap) : to clean your melamine furniture before repainting.
  • Very fine sandpaper: to sand your Ikea furniture and promote better adhesion.
  • Brush and lacquer roller : to customize your Ikea furniture with paint.
  • Laminate and melamine paint : recommended for an efficient and fast twist, without the need for a previous underlayment.
  • A tarpaulin or an old cloth : to be installed on the ground before attacking the next step.
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2. Prepare and clean the Ikea furniture to paint

Now that your tools are ready, it’s time to roll up your sleeves to continue your Ikea hack .

Start by removing any door handles, knobs and cabinet doors. If necessary, hide the parts you do not want to paint with tape.

Your new mission? Remove dust, residue, soiling and other grease stains with soapy water and some elbow grease. The surface of your furniture must be perfectly smooth and clean to promote the adhesion of the paint.

Once the “clean Ikea furniture” operation is successful, rinse the stand with clean water and let it dry.

3. Polish the surface of the furniture Ikea

And now, place in the sanding stage, essential for the paint to adhere perfectly to the Ikea furniture. To do this, you must:

  • Use a very fine sandpaper (80 to 120 grit).
  • Gently sand your Ikea furniture with circular motions.
  • Make sure you do not forget any nook …
  • Avoid sanding too hard (at the risk of tearing off the melamine or laminate layer of your Ikea furniture).

Once the surface is slightly frosted, dust off all with a damp cloth. Unmistakable sign that your Ikea furniture is ready-to-paint? The surface should (almost) no longer shine.

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4. Apply an underlay (if necessary)

Some paints require the application of a primer (undercoat of paint) which aims to promote adhesion to the paint. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before starting (or not) in this step.

You must apply an underlay? To your rolls!

  • Dip the roll in the primer and apply to the surface to be painted vertically and then horizontally.
  • Smooth well.
  • Let dry.
  • Once the primer is dry, lightly sand the surface to be painted and dust off again.

 … Your Ikea furniture is ready to paint!

5. Repaint the Ikea furniture

After the preparation of tools and support, place to paint (finally!).

Begin by applying paint to corners, grooves and hard-to-reach areas with a small paintbrush. Then, attack the flat surfaces with the lacquer roller which must be as smooth as possible to avoid marking the surface. For a perfect homogeneity, take care to smooth it all while passing the roll in vertical and horizontal bands, without loading it.

For a perfect finish, finally, do not hesitate to add a layer (paint) by referring to the instructions on the paint bucket. Also, be sure to follow the drying instructions provided by the manufacturer before replacing your Ikea furniture in its original place.
And now, it’s up to you to play the Ikea hackers!