Most plan to redecorate the living room

The living room is the No. 1 room consumers plan to redecorate. That’s according to the more than 1,000 consumers answering Furniture/Today and Apartment Therapy’s 2016 Home Decorating Survey.

While the living room is tops for all ages, Millennials and Baby Boomers are more likely than Generation X to redecorate it. Adult Millennials are nearly 75 million in total, comprise 31% of the U.S. adult population and account for the largest share of first time homeowners.

Today’s buyers will first purchase the sofa when redecorating the living space. Furthermore, previous Furniture/Today research indicates the sofa is the focal point for the majority of living spaces, as six out of 10 consumers design their living room around a sofa.

Entertainment furniture and area rugs follow sofas as the first living room products consumers plan to buy when redecorating. Additional items for the living room potentially include occasional tables, lamps and decorative accessories, such as vases, candleholders and sculptures.

All told, consumers expect to spend a median of $2,200 on redecorating the living room. Boomers are the biggest spenders, planning to spend a median of $3,000, while Generation X members say they expect to pay a median of $2,500 and Millennials plan to spend a median of $1,500.

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