In most homes, the living room is the most used space, and therefore it is the space that you will definitely want to spend some time redecorating. Additionally, this is the room that guests will most likely see. You do not want a plain, boring or drab room when you invite friends and family over to visit!
However, you do not have to go over budget in order to redecorate your living room. In fact, there are numerous ways that you can turn your living room into something new and refreshed for very little or no money. The key to redecorating your living room is to start with a blank slate. Move as much as you can out of the room so you can get a true idea of what you are working with. Then, use the following tips in order to redecorate at a low cost.
- 1. As with any room, you can completely create a new look just by painting. If you have normally had white or pale walls, consider doing something more dramatic by choosing a brighter or deeper color that is sure to make your living room feel more cozy and more warm and inviting to guests. If you have a small living room, then choose a lighter color that will make the room seem larger. However, you never have to feel like you are limited to white or off-white for your living room walls. Be creative; just do not be overwhelming with an all too bright paint choice.
- 2. Flooring can be expensive to replace, but old flooring can be an eyesore in a redecorated room. If you are not happy with the look of your current flooring, consider purchasing an area rug that will match the new style of the room. Area rugs will draw the attention away from old or worn flooring.
- 3. Yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, and second hand stores can be treasure troves for finding living room furniture. If you find furniture that you like the style of but not the fabric of, you can spend a weekend reupholstering it to gain a whole new style just for your taste.
- 4. For a more unique living room, purchase mismatched second hand furniture that will create a fun and different style that is sure to gain attention in the living room. Remember that all of your furniture does not have to match exactly; it just needs to have a similar feel to seem cohesive.
- 5. Get creative when you want to decorate the walls. Most of the expense in wall art is in the frames. Consider looking for wall art that is on stretched canvas. These pieces will create a unique 3D style for the walls without costing nearly as much money.
- 6. If you prefer the formal style of framed wall art, then look for antique or older pieces at thrift stores and flea markets or antique malls. You may be able to find wall art that fits your personality for a low price.
- 7. Consider adding greenery to your living room. Houseplants can make a living room feel more cozy and a decorative tree can be the perfect item for an unused corner. If you room gets a lot of light, you can choose live houseplants. If your room is not light friendly, then artificial plants can be affordable and just as decorative.
- 8. When you are considering paint colors for your living room, do not feel limited to just one color. In fact, if you paint most of the walls a neutral tone, you can then choose one accent wall to paint in a bright or rich shade to truly stand out. This is also a great way to display a favored piece of wall art, by placing it central on the accent wall.
- 9. When it comes to small decorative items, less is more. If you put too many items in one room, you will create a cluttered feel. Instead, shop craft stores, antique malls, flea markets and garage sales for just a few unique pieces for tables and shelves.
- 10. If you do not want to spend extra on small décor items, shop around throughout your house. You may just find the right items hiding away in other rooms or even stored away in your garage. Once put together in different groupings, you can have a whole new look for your living room.
- 11. If you do not have money to spare on furniture, you may be surprised how much of a difference you can make simply by rearranging. Get creative one weekend and try moving your furniture into numerous different places. Consider moving it away from the walls to create a more modern feel or place items at angles instead of straight lines.
- 12. You can make a big difference in your living room just by changing window coverings. Instead of expensive curtains, visit a fabric or craft store and create your own drapery. Whether you choose to make handmade pocket curtains or you prefer to create a swag that will allow plenty of light, you can do this with an inexpensive fabric that matches the style of your room.
- 13. When it comes to recycling furniture, do not be afraid to think creatively. A new coat of paint can turn an old desk into a side table. Affordable and easy to assemble book shelves can be painted and used for decorative shelving in small or unused corners or walls.
- 14. Always keep a theme in mind. This will be the room you use the most, so make sure you consider theme. If you and your family like a laid back atmosphere, work to create a comfortable and casual room. If you are more interested in formal entertaining, go for a modern and minimal style. When you keep a theme in mind throughout the redecoration process you can save yourself money in the future since you will be happy with your living room for years to come.