Completely redecorating the living room can be a budget-busting expense but there are ways to undertake a makeover without breaking the bank.
One of the major plus points when updating a living room is that your creativity is more important than the budget. Your living room should reflect your taste, exude comfort but above all, it should be someplace you enjoy spending time in. From moving around sofas to finding new wall colours, consider these tips and upgrade your living room without spending a fortune.
4 tips to upgrade your living room on a budget.
A change is as good as a rest
A simple rearrangement of your furniture can make a big difference to the living room and requires no financial outlay. Decide on a new focal point; in most homes this is usually a fireplace or a television, so swap around to find out what works for you. If your sofas are situated in corners or along walls try moving them in front of or beside windows in order to receive more light when using them during the day. Get the most out of your floor space when rearranging in order to open the living room up.
The color scheme alternative
How long have you lived with the same color scheme in your living room? If it’s nearly a decade then it might be time to consider some redecorating options, and repainting a living room is another way to create a new atmosphere for minimal cost. A completely new and bold color scheme can funk up a room and change the ambience. Bright colors can make a room feel larger while darker tones will lend an air of sophistication; use a selection of tester paint pots todecide on the perfect shade.
Give your furniture a makeover
It doesn’t take huge amounts of cash to make your existing furniture look fresh again. If you’re a dab hand at DIY you can always buy the materials to recover your existing sofas in a fabric to suit your taste. Wooden tables, cupboard, floorboards and doors can easily be stripped down, painted and re-varnished. Take a leap and go for bold colors to make a statement in your living room or use hues that will complement your walls.
Easy ways to enhance a living room
Mirrors, wall art and lighting solutions can be a great way to enhance the look of your living room at a minimal cost. Scour through some flea markets to find vintage, retro or contemporary pieces and then haggle to get the price down. Framed prints and large mirrors are always a welcome addition to any room, and can also act as a new focal point. Don’t forget vases with fresh flowers to bring life to a room and give a homely feel.
Set yourself a budget to make sure you don’t give in to expensive impulse purchases when shopping and don’t be afraid to try bold options, as you can easily change it again.