Decorate Living Room

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Living Room Decorating project

December 2021

Homeowners have many important questions about their Living Room Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Living Room Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Living Room Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Living Room Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Living Room Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionDecorate living room. Update flooring, doors, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add built-in speakers, wall mounting system for flat screen television, crown molding and recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Estimated costs do not include furniture and flat screen television.
Project size205 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$6,507 - $7,592
Material cost$3,285 - $3,833
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Living Room Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Living Room Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Living Room Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Living Room Decorating project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingLiving Room Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Living Room Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Living Room Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Living Room Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Living Room Decorating project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Living Room Decorating project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Develop Living Room Decorating IdeasInterior Designer3 to 5 d$516 - $862
Prepare Living Room DesignInterior Designer3 to 5 d$516 - $862
Select Living Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 d$387 - $647
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$258 - $431
Remove CarpetDemolition Laborer1 d$0.58 - $0.97 per square foot
Remodel Electrical BoxElectrician1 to 3 d$1,380 - $2,385
Install Wall MountFinish Carpenter1 d$135 - $241
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 d$209 - $358
Repair WallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 3 d$204 - $343
Install Decorative BeamsFinish Carpenter1 d$18.94 - $33.25 per linear foot
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 d$11.83 - $20.78 per square foot
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 d$6.18 - $10.74 per linear foot
Install Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 d$260 - $447 per door
Install ValanceFinish Carpenter1 d$25.54 - $44.93 per linear foot
Paint Living RoomPainting Contractor1 to 3 d$5.74 - $9.79 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 d$142 - $240 per door
Install WallpaperWallpaper Installer1 d$3.21 - $5.54 per square foot
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 d$452 - $795
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 d$155 - $261
Install Ceiling SpeakersElectrician1 d$158 - $274 per speaker

Living Room Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Living Room Decorating project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Living Room Decorating project, limit cost to no more than 2.75% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Living Room Decorating
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Use separate, individually controllable lighting circuits for ambient and task lighting
  • Use under floor electrical receptacle(s) to provide interior portion of room with cord free electrical power
  • Select finish treatments that harmonize with furniture and statement accessories
  • Install a built-in media hub to centralize storage and access of audio, video, media, internet

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