After a long day at work, we unwind in our living room, entertain guests and spend time with our family or housemates during the day. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in a space that is pleasing to the eye and suits your preferences. At the same time, you might believe that a change of scenery isn’t worth spending a lot of money on.
Here are 8 ideas for sprucing up your living room and making it feel like you have a fresh new area without spending a fortune.
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1. Rearrange what you have
Before you go out and buy new things, take a look at what you already have. Most likely, you already have a good number of high-quality, aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture but are dissatisfied with the way they are organised. Even if you liked the arrangement before, shifting things around and rearranging your furniture is a great way to make it feel like you have a fresh new space without spending a dollar.
Reupholster a worn-out item or two with colourful fabric and give old pieces a fresh coat of paint, preferably high gloss, to offer a breath of fresh air to a contemporary living room.
2. Get the perfect rug
You should know how to choose a rug for every room and how it can spruce up your living room. A velvety rug feels warm and inviting underfoot and bigger is definitely better when it comes to living room rugs. A rug large enough to accommodate all of your furniture is ideal, but at the very least, the front foot of each major piece of furniture should be on the rug. If you already have a too-small rug, you may always place it on top of a large neutral-coloured solid colour or natural fibre rug.
3. Bring the nature home
Freshly picked flowers will brighten up your living room and make you feel like it’s spring, even if the weather is miserable. This is a simple way to keep your interior from becoming too monochromatic and the best part is that flowers are easy to rearrange or switch out when you are weary of one design. As a result, your living area will seem fresh and lively all year.
Alternatively, choose attractive indoor plants in a variety of colours, textures and shapes in cool ceramic pots. Plants not only provide colour to your living area, but they also aid to purify the air.
4. Change up the colours
Consider repainting your walls with fresh, exciting colour to breathe new life into your home. Painting your walls may seem like a major investment, but it’s a simple and inexpensive makeover that can completely transform the look and feel of any room. Choose one backdrop neutral colour, one main colour and a smaller accent colour, then start purging your area of anything that doesn’t match your choices.
5. Add complementary pieces
When you do decide to buy new furniture, consider what you can add to your living room space that will complement what you already have. Have a clear plan before you go shopping so you don’t get carried away. You might want to consider which styles and designs you already own and how you can include a few new pieces to enhance the vibe of your living area. A few well-planned furniture purchases will fare better than a whole slew of impulsive purchases!
6. Mirror on the wall
Mirrors have the wonderful ability to make a room appear bigger and brighter than it is. Hanging a mirror on the wall also has the added benefit of brightening up an empty space, as bare walls can make your living room look drab.
Choose a mirror that is one-of-a-kind and makes a statement while remaining in line with the room’s overall aesthetic. Consider how it will fit in with your existing seating arrangements and furniture.
7. Make it artistic
Here’s a way to make a stylish living room on a budget. Make a blank wall into a canvas for displaying art. On the internet, you can find interesting and inexpensive works, such as abstract prints that match the room’s colour scheme or a big art piece for an amazing display. To update your living room wall design, consider handmade wall displays or ceramic wall plates. On your accent wall, hang framed photos of your loved ones in a gallery layout.
8. Add the lighting effects
A well-thought-out living room interior design requires an accurate kind of lighting. To brighten up your living room decor, buy some new light fittings. For a more contemporary look, consider a new reading lamp, a floor lamp or a classic mercury glass table lamp. If you like the look of fairy lights or sculptural LED lights, this is the quickest way to change the living area.
I hope the ideas above will guide you in planning your living room’s arrangement and design. Make a conscious effort to begin small. Otherwise, a total renovation may be too much for you to handle. Go through the living room dos and don’ts before you buy expensive things for your space.
Most people begin by choosing a rug, couch and attractive art wall. These small improvements can dramatically improve the appearance of your living space without breaking the bank.