Our living rooms are where we spend a lot of time relaxing, and it's the place where first impressions are made when we receive guests, making it a priority for updated decor. A lack of cash doesn't need to stand between us and a room that is comfortable and beautiful if we take a clever and creative approach. Here are some inexpensive ways we can think about our living rooms to transform the look and feel with a few simple changes.
Upcycle a piece of furniture
Take what’s old and make it look new again, or wildly different, with a DIY upgrade. Buy a can of spray paint and turn that powder-coated chair frame or shelving unit into shimmering rose gold, for example. Or head to a charity shop and purchase pieces of furniture that lots of character or the potential to be upcycled with a little TLC.
Freshen your cushions
Adding or changing your sofa and chair cushions is the easiest way to update the style of your living room. You can play with proportion by adding oversized in with your smaller cushions; mix shapes, textures and materials, or go monochrome if eclectic is your original look. Choose a new colour scheme that's a noticeable contrast from what you've been living with, or go with a graphic feature cushion to create a focal point. Add a matching throw to make the room feel more warm and welcoming and you won't even recognise the your living room the next time you walk into it.
Use the walls to tell a story
Make your walls stand out with memories and unique artwork. You can make a poster of a favourite design or a collection of your personal photos. Creating a custom, professional-looking poster is easy using an online poster making program, and it doesn't have to cost a lot to print. Frames can really alter the style of your space, so choose one that suits the artwork and the style you are looking to achieve. Bold black frames will give you a gallery look and can instantly make your tired room feel upscale and contemporary. If you can't afford professional framing, look for old artwork at flea markets that come with interesting frames.
Add a rug
Don't count out the floor when it comes to setting the tone for your living room; what you do with it can create as big an impact as your walls. If you have wood floors, consider adding a rug or changing an old one. The size and colour you choose can change the mood of the entire room. A blah, non-descript matt replaced by a jewel-toned or monochrome-striped rug can turn a dull space into a vibrant one. Or if your space feels quite busy, go with a refined winter white or saturated black to create a more serene base. You can go plush with thick pile or minimalist with Scandinavian woven recycled plastic rugs (they don't look plastic, I have one) that come in modern, graphic patterns and are easy to clean. If you love the rug you have or it was an investment that you're not willing to part with, a professional cleaning can bring it, and the room, back to life.
Grab a paint brush and freshen your walls. Pick colours that complement the tones you've used around your home and make you happy. You may want to use colours that brighten the space and make it feel open and inviting. Recruit friends or family to help out if you're a rookie and have fun with creating a whole new look and feel in your living room!