If you’ve been in your home for a while, it might be time to do a little updating to your living room. Sometimes, however, it can be a challenge when it comes to figuring out what to do without breaking the bank. Below are some easy and cost-effective ideas that will hopefully inspire you to breathe new life into the room you spend so much time in.
Built-ins come in handy for extra storage, but if you’re ready for something different, transform them so they can be used for displaying items instead. Simply remove the shelves, coat the backing with a paint color of your choosing, and then install floating ledges to hold the display pieces. If you prefer the shelving you already had, simply slide them back into place once the paint dries.
Dress Up Your Windows
Windows always look better dressed, so if yours are currently bare, consider adding some window treatments. If you already have window treatments, think about jazzing them up with some extra detail like trim. Adding trim to your window treatments is a great way to give them a custom look that’s unique to your distinct design style. Find a fabric contrasting in pattern, yet complementary in colors, and create a band at the bottom. While you’re at it, change out the finials on your curtain rods to give your space a designer look.
Focus on the Floor
A good area rug isn’t always inexpensive, but it’s definitely worth the investment. Adding an area rug to the floor, whether hardwood or carpeted, is a wonderful way to make a stylish statement. Area rugs come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect match for your space.
Change Out the Lighting
Lighting is an essential part of good design. Even if you have ample natural light, it’s wise to layer in other types of lighting which can set a mood or simply enhance the look of your home. Fortunately, there are so many affordable options out there when it comes to lighting. It doesn’t matter if you need overhead lighting or something smaller like wall sconces, there’s really no reason for not swapping out older fixtures for something a bit more updated.
Rearrange What Already Exists
You’d be surprised how different a room can look just by rearranging the furniture that already exists in it. Think about the sole purpose of the space and then move things around that will accommodate. For instance, if you entertain quite a bit, clump furniture into little seating areas so people can talk easily. If it’s a family space, spread things out a bit placing the table in the center for board or card games.
Update the Colors
Are you aware that color has a huge impact on our moods, feelings, and behaviors? Believe it or not, it does! And thankfully, adding more color to your home is easy. Giving something in your home a fresh coat of paint is not only easy but inexpensive. Whether you paint the walls or add a new color to an existing piece of furniture, it’ll make a big difference.
You don’t have to be a minimalist to appreciate extra space. If you have a lot of knick knacks or other items that just aren’t used anymore, consider purging them. Not only will decluttering add a fresh look to your home, it’ll give you more room, and, let’s be honest, less to clean.
Freshen Up Accessories
It’s the little things like accessories in our home that make us happy. The good news is that accessories are one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to give our home’s interior a little facelift. Consider swapping out your accent pillows (or pillow covers) for something in a fresh color and pattern. Or, update your wall art if it’s been a while. Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind that it’s just as easy to change it again on a whim.
Try a New Trend
Even though trends come and go fairly quickly, there are some that are fun to take a chance on. In fact, there are some trends that have continued to maintain momentum for the past few years. Seek out somewhat recent trends to find something that appeals to you. There are typically a handful of trends that don’t require a huge commitment. Find something small and go for it.
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