Giving your living room a makeover can be overwhelming and may even burn a whole in your pocket, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a lot of changes you can make that are not at all expensive to do, and some you don’t even have to spend a pretty penny for! Here are some of the most budget-friendly ways to spruce up your living room.
Dress up those walls.
A time-and-tested method of giving any room a makeover is to change the color of the walls. If you want to open up your space, use a light, warm tone such as beige or light yellow. If you’re feeling cramped because the ceiling is too low, paint it white, or if this isn’t possible, apply a lighter shade on the walls. You can also go with an interesting wall hanging, wall stickers or decals, artwork, or a painted mural to create a feature wall.
Bring in the flowers.
To perk up the look of your living room real quick, get some fresh flowers and put them in vases around your living room. For a year-round floral flair, get some faux (but realistic-looking) flowers.
Look in the mirror.
A mirror can change a small, bleak-looking room into a wider and brighter space. For best results, hang mirrors on the opposite side of windows so that these can reflect more light into the room.
Change your window treatments.
Curtains fade over time, and blinds may lose a panel or two, thanks to the cat. Replacing the curtains and/or the blinds can help in giving your living room a new look. While you’re in the fabric shop looking for cloth for your sofa, get some bolts for your curtains as well.
Add color with rugs.
Area rugs add little pops of patterns and color to a bare floor. Threadbare patches on your old carpet can also be hidden by some cleverly-strewn rugs.
Floors also play a big role in changing how a room looks. Depending on the type of floor that you have, you can have it darkened, bleached, or coated with a gloss.
Give your couch a makeover.
Give your sorry-looking sofa a makeover by having it reupholstered. If it still has its natural bounce but needs a little cheering up, simply put a new cover or throw on it. Go to your favorite fabric shop and choose a color or pattern that you like, get your measuring tape, thread, and sewing needles out (plus points if you have a sewing machine), and sew away! If it’s possible you’ll fall through the next time you try to sit on it, it may be time to buy a new but cheap sofa in NYC.
Unless you’re a minimalist and have no care for little bits and bobs lying around, accessories are your best friend. Have your favorite photos printed, put them in different frames, and display them in your living room. Accessories such as clocks, vases, decorative mugs, candles, photos, and cushions are some of the least expensive items you can use to spruce up your living room.
As you can see, sprucing up your living room doesn’t have to be pricey. You can even choose to recycle and repurpose items to suit your living room. Here’s a last tip: sometimes, all you have to do is rearrange the furniture to make your living room feel and look different. Good luck and have fun!