Decorating any room, and especially the living room, can be a real challenge. It can be even more of a challenge when you only have small budget to work with. But the biggest hurdle that we face is how to get a look that expresses our unique personality, without spending a fortune. However, by looking at the items you already have in a different way, you should be able to create a cozy family room for almost next to nothing. Below are provided seven living room updates which should help to turn a drab living room into a warm and friendly place for everybody to gather.
Paint one wall using your favorite color and make this the focal point of the room. Then hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have made yourself). If you want to add extra impact to the wall, try using a rubber stamping technique. Although it is extremely easy to do, rubber stamping can look very impressive when finished.
Hang pictures and mirrors which most reflect your personality, the more ornate the better. Plus, when hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect either a nice view, or an interesting architectural element of the room. Including a mirror in a room also creates the illusion of more space in a room because of the light reflecting off it.
2. Area Rug
An area rug is a great way to define a conversation area and look for one which will complement the décor of the room. Rather than aligning it straight, put it at an angle underneath your coffee table (if you have one). Or if not, then just place it in a central location where the seating is situated.
Use the living room’s natural light as much as possible. Add or update lamps as necessary to keep things bright and fresh. An outdated lamp will provide clues that your room hasn’t been redecorated in a while. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the lampshade instead.
4. Coffee Table
If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative throw rug. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Tiling the top with mosaic tiles or colored glass creates a classy look on the cheap.
5. Rearrange the Furniture
Of all the living room updates, this one requires “outside the box” thinking, literally. Instead of squaring your furniture, try putting it at an angle. By doing this you are giving a whole new look to the layout of your room, and it is much less expensive than going out and buying new furniture. Also pay attention to the floor space that you have left and use it. You could scatter some cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Use plants to add freshness and positively impact to the décor of your room. Be sure not to block key light sources or create a clash of colors. A strategically placed plant (much like furniture) can also hide flaws.
Finally, if you do not need it, then remove it. You can either donate it to a local charity, or ask a family member or friend if they could use it. By de-cluttering a space, you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a whole new look.