To make repairs with your own hands in the living room, you need to know some subtleties and rules. First of all, you need to decide on the style of the hall decoration, study interesting ideas and original design options, choose all the finishing materials.
Where to begin?
In order to do the repair of the hall with your own hands, you must start with the preparation of all surfaces. The ceiling must be cleaned of old paint and plaster if necessary. Cleaning must be done with high quality, so that then all coatings lie evenly.
It will not be possible to remove old coatings in the entire room if you intend to make repairs with drywall. You can fix it with nails and dowels.
After cleaning the walls and ceilings, it is necessary to install the electrical wiring. Moreover, it must be carefully hidden.
During the repair, putty and sanding is performed. Walls must be properly primed to increase the adhesion of the wall to the coating. The primer improves the quality of any repair and makes it more durable. Putty is a coating that is necessary in order to level surfaces and remove all existing defects.
Only after you have prepared all surfaces, you can proceed to finishing. It is important at this stage to choose the right colors and textures for all finishing materials. The right color helps to expand the space and carry out zoning. In addition, it can be used to correct the shape of the hall and fill it with light.
If you have a small hall less than 18 sq. m, then for its decoration it is better to use light walls and a dark floor. But if you want to visually increase the area of / u200b / u200bthe room, then when finishing it is better to achieve similarity in the color of the walls, ceiling and floor.
In order to deepen the room with the help of repairs, it is necessary to make one of the walls darker. This technique is perfect for renovating small apartments. If there is a lot of free space in the hall, then you can give preference to brighter shades. It is better if they relate to warm colors.
This rule especially applies to rooms whose windows face the north side.
But if the windows of the hall face south, then you can take a closer look at the shades of cold colors.
Pay more attention to the wallpaper, as it sets the overall atmosphere of the room.
After that, you need to think over all the little things and details. You should calculate all the necessary materials, as well as the financial resources that you plan to spend on repairs.
If you are renovating an old living room, you need to remove all the furniture from there so as not to accidentally stain or damage it.
It is also important to dismantle all luminaires to protect them from dirt and construction dust. The floors, like the walls, are leveled using special mixtures. Only after that you can proceed to finishing.
Now designers present several options for decorating the living room in different stylistic directions. Before proceeding with the repair, you need to decide on the style and adhere to the basic rules that are inherent in each direction. You can mix and match styles. For modern trends, a mixture of loft, high-tech and minimalism styles is characteristic.
The loft-style hall is characterized by an imitation of a rough finish. Outwardly, such a room is somewhat reminiscent of an incompletely renovated room. In fact, this is the whole idea. So, on the floor, you can use a plank covering, but a variety of materials are selected for the walls.
Notable is the brickwork on one accent wall. It is this wall that can be used for decoration by placing modern paintings and posters on it. In addition, you can hang a large TV or organize a home theater there.
In loft-style rooms, wallpaper is usually not glued. Most coatings have a volumetric relief texture, plaster, concrete, and paint are suitable. The loft is characterized by a special grouping of furniture, as well as a simple layout. Style requires a large area and space. This is how the living room area in a studio apartment is most often decorated.
Another popular modern trend is hi-tech. It is characterized by the use of clear lines and different geometric shapes in the interior. When choosing a material for finishing, it is better to use glossy and leather surfaces. The interior should contain as many metal and glass elements as possible. The use of plastic is acceptable.
For the interior decoration of a high-tech room, few decor items are used, especially accessories. The role of decor can be performed by one or two large paintings, posters, as well as a vase or pot with fresh medium-sized flowers. Furniture can be arranged in a chaotic manner. It is worth choosing the most interesting and unusual, distinguished by the elegance of forms. Leather sofas and armchairs are perfect.
This style is a great option for decorating small rooms. There are no restrictions on the color gamut, most often they use metallized coatings, as well as black, white, blue, red colors.
The minimalism style is a common direction that is often chosen by people who do not like the abundance of unnecessary details, who prefer freedom of movement.
Living rooms in a minimalist style are usually small in size. But you can also arrange large halls. In this case, the style must be mixed with a loft or high-tech.
It is characterized by the presence of completely smooth and mostly glossy surfaces in the interior. For him, voluminous textures and patterns, ornaments are not peculiar. Simple vases, dim natural flowers, as well as floor lamps or sconces are used as decor items. Black and white drawings or photographs in simple frames are also suitable.
It is these three main areas that have been most often used recently when renovating a hall in an apartment or in a private house. They are actively combined with each other, creating unique compositions.
You can also choose the Scandinavian style for renovating an apartment. It involves the arrangement of furniture along the walls and the presence of free space in the center. In addition, this style is characterized by a lot of space and light.
Window decoration should be light curtains or tulle, all coatings should be thin and light. Wallpaper and laminate flooring are perfect for repairs. The color range is gray-blue, white or light green.
Designers are now presenting a variety of interesting zoning options. So, the most budgetary option is the angular arrangement of furniture. This is a great solution for a square living room. Furniture is grouped in four corners of the room, highlighting four functional areas.
The sofa area can border on the workplace, and a relaxation area with a dining room where you can relax and meet guests. Zoning is also carried out using multilevel floors. On the podium, you can take out a sofa area or a study with a computer desk. It is these zones that are most often secluded and separated.
Zoning is also done by changing the color, texture. You can decorate the walls in the dining and sofa areas in different ways, using contrasting or tinted paints, wallpapers that smoothly transition from one color scheme to another. The same technique of playing colors is used for walls and floors.
Moldings can be used to delimit the space. In order to separate the living room from the hallway, graceful arches are erected. They can be decorated with artificial stone or bricks.
You can use completely different coatings to decorate living rooms. So, the walls of the hall are decorated mainly with coverings of restrained tones, which do not have pronounced ornaments or complex patterns. A great option is decorative plaster or light wallpaper. The walls are complemented with glass elements or mirrored surfaces. Thus, you can visually increase the area of / u200b / u200bthe room.
It is important to choose the shade of wall coverings in parallel, as it is necessary to maintain a harmonious interior. The most economical for wall decoration are wallpaper. The easiest way to glue them is with your own hands.
In addition, you can choose the most varied in color textures and coatings. Beautiful and graceful silk-screened wallpaper, or simpler vinyl wallpaper, is perfect for the hall.
A budget option for wall decoration is painting. You can choose any colors and combine them as you like.
In addition, one or all of the walls can be decorated with expanded polystyrene. This is an inexpensive and stylish solution. Tiles can be installed quickly and without assistance. Clapboard and block house decoration is popular.
For a more sophisticated living room atmosphere, decorative plaster is suitable. It looks very aesthetically pleasing and is an excellent option for finishing walls. The living room looks impressive, as the embossed walls can play interestingly in the sun and surprise you with their overflows.
In the repair of large halls, wooden panels are also used. They are neutral and environmentally friendly, look harmoniously in any interior. This is a great solution for a classic-style living room or loft.
For more elaborate rooms, decorative stone is perfect. Usually, passages are distinguished in this way, especially if they are made in the form of an arch.
The door slopes are distinguished: one accent wall is finished with fine decorative stone. A hall with this design will look stylish and presentable.
When it comes to floor finishes, laminate flooring is currently the most popular option. It perfectly combines price and quality, looks presentable. The coating can imitate different types of wood, including valuable varieties, and other textures. In bright living rooms, bleached oak laminate is considered popular. It looks bright, fills the room with freshness.
The hall is also perfect for marbled laminate or decorative stone.
Another good option is parquet. It is a natural, beautiful and timeless floor finish. Looks presentable and durable. Putting it down with your own hands is not difficult, especially large-scale parquet boards.
Self-leveling floors are created in modern halls. They are a coating of a special polymer composition. When solidified, it forms a completely smooth and even surface.
In modern living rooms, a 3D drawing is applied over a self-leveling floor or under the same transparent coating. It adds brightness to the interior and emphasizes the chosen style.
The simplest economy class option for flooring is linoleum. It is easy to care for and easy to assemble with your own hands. Plus, it can be quickly replaced if you get bored.
As for the ceiling, in modern halls it can be voluminous multi-level structures, cornices. They often include interesting lighting, which will also allow zoning.
You can use stucco to decorate the ceiling. But it should not have clear lines and straight geometric shapes in order to fit into the modern interior of the hall. In this case, all ceilings are decorated with light shades - white, milky, pale yellow.
Light is especially important in the interior of a small hall, as it can visually expand it. It is better to install more modern floodlights or metal chandeliers on the ceiling. You can also pick up elegant glass models, since crystal chandeliers are not in fashion now.
The window openings of the living room must be expanded as much as possible and large glass must be inserted there. They should let in as much daylight as possible into the room. Thus, you can emphasize almost every detail of the interior of a standard apartment.
Do not use curtains made of coarse or heavy fabric. It is better to give preference to translucent curtains.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The hall can be equipped with a sofa area and a fireplace. He will bring comfort to the room and fill it with warmth. The walls in this recreation area are often finished with brick or stone. A plank covering is best for the floor.
As a decorative element, wooden beams can be fixed to the ceiling. In general, the room is best decorated in natural browns with natural woody textures and patterns. It is better to choose a sofa in beige or chocolate color. It is better if its upholstery is soft, as if velvety. A leather sofa will perfectly fit into such an interior.
In modern interiors, the contrast of a dark floor and white ceilings, as well as other light surfaces, looks interesting. You can put black parquet, laminate and white leather sofa. The perfect gloss of the floor will accentuate the whiteness of the other elements of the composition.
In addition, the floor can be additionally decorated with a long pile rug and other light-colored pieces of furniture.
In a private two-story house, the halls may have stairs. New design trends involve the installation of spiral staircases with wood and metal elements. The walk-through room can be supplemented with beige leather furniture and a light glass table.
Light parquet is perfect for the floor. The central area can be highlighted with a carpet of a contrasting color, for example, coffee. In this case, it needs to be supplemented with other elements, for example, light coffee curtains or a blanket.
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