Tips For Decorating Your Living Room on a Budget

In most homes, the living room is the place where most of the action happens. This is where you spend time together as a family and entertain your friends. Apart from the bed room, your living room is where you spend the maximum time in your house. It is no wonder then, that all of us want our living rooms to look good and be comfortable. However, with constant wear and tear, our living room starts looking drab, old fashioned and mostly in need of a change for the better. Unfortunately, redecorating even a single room in the house can prove to be extremely costly, and a situation involving redecorating your living room is no different. However, with our tips on redoing your living room, you can easily and quickly freshen up your living room’s decor without spending a huge packet.

Bring Out The Colors: Changing the color scheme of a room is an easy and inexpensive method of redecorating it. Choose a color scheme that is different from what your living room was sporting earlier. In order to give your living room paint a professional feel, mix and match two or three colors, paint one wall a different color or use dark colors for accenting certain portions of the room.

Go Green: Bringing in plants into your living room adds both color and life to the room. Adding greens to a room always makes it look classy and cool. Buy a couple of potted plants and arrange them in a corner of the living room where there is some light. You can also keep your plants in a dark corner and hang a lamp on top. This will not only make sure that your plants live; it will also result in a beautiful corner arrangement.

Add Space: If you wish your living room was larger than what it currently is, but can do nothing much about it, then putting up a couple of mirrors on the wall is the next best thing to breaking down walls. Mirrors add an illusion of added space, and if you do it correctly, you might just end fooling yourself about the actual size of your living room.

Cover Your Floors: Changing your dull or drab floor tiles or carpeting is an extremely expensive move. If you are fed up with your old floor, then buying carpets and multi colored rugs and placing them strategically across your living room will give your living room floor a new lease of life and color at a minimal cost. You can choose from a wide range of floor coverings depending on your budget and the theme of your living room.

Create Your Own Art: One of the cheapest methods of decorating your room is by using art work and decorative pieces that you have created yourself. Even if you are not very artistic, you can easily put together a collage of pictures, leaves or dry flowers that will look appealing once it is framed. You can also frame interesting pieces of fabrics or cushion covers to create a tapestry like wall hanging.

Add To Your Upholstery: While changing all the furniture in your living room, sofas, settees and chairs can be very costly, you can easily get the upholstery changed for a fraction of the price, and your sofas will once again start looking new. If you cannot find someone to do this for you, then you can shop around for throws, shawls and new cushion covers to give your seating space a new look for less.

Living Room Fix-Its – Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!

Once your guests have cleared the ‘security’ stop point of your foyer/entry area of your home, it’ time to introduce them to a more personal you. Invite them into your ‘Living Room,’ the one space where family and friends always seem to meet!

I suppose the name was assigned to this room because of the amount of time we plan to spend in it! What a tall order; to create a room, a single room, where an entire family can live in it and guests can feel welcome too.

Let’s do it!

First, measure your wall space and make note of window placement. Write it down; sketch a layout of the room, including doors and windows and their proximity to one another!

Before you decide what furniture will be included in this particular masterpiece of a room, think about it! Make a note about how it will be used in your family, what things are vital and nonnegotiable and what things can go if there is a pinch for space or design.

Next, decide on a color to set the tone and mood you want to achieve in this space. Remember there are shades and hues of every color; find the one that best suits you and your family, and your plan. You need only to determine what you want this room to feel like before selecting your color.

Find your focal point; then begin arranging your furnishings in a manner that will allow the space to be lived in comfortably while traffic moves freely about the room. This is typically a fireplace, a great view or some area of the room that will hold the most used items like the TV.

If you have a ‘cookie cutter’ style home, consider adding an electric fireplace (found at your local home improvement stores inexpensively) to create a personalized warm and inviting focal point. Seating should be grouped around your focal point; it should also be arranged to promote conversations between the people in the room.

Change the fans and chandeliers for replacement fans and lighting that suit your décor. Once the room is completed, you can add lighting on tables to compliment your design choices. Remember, it matters little what it appears to be when you start, your goal is to make it work for your family and your design style, affordably.

Measure the pieces you intend to keep in the room. If you can locate a roll of painter’s tape you will be able to measure the pieces of furniture and place them with the tape to see exactly how the floor space and traffic pattern responds to your ideas. This saves back breaking labor for plans that simply won’t work! Invest in a set of ‘moving coasters.’ These are available at Dollar Stores, discount department stores and all home improvement stores. The most difficult part of arranging a room will become a breeze with these coasters.

If your space is large enough, establish two focal points; combining two points of interest in the space will make it more inviting. This allows for the primary focal point and a secondary point of interest that typically includes a quiet time space to read, a desk or some other special area you want to create in the room. This area should be at the furthest distance from the hub of activity in the room.

If you are using a TV set as your focal point, place it in an attractive setting such as a wall unit, hanging above a media cabinet or in a hanging media cabinet that can be closed off when not being used while providing yet another conversation piece to enhance your décor. In other words, make it earn the cherished position of the focal point of your room. The largest of your art pieces should be placed with the largest furniture pieces; something that says I’m special! If you don’t see the perfect piece, head to thrift shops, yard and garage sales and Flea Markets. You know what to do!

Avoid overly large pieces of furniture; your goal is to make the space compliment your furniture and design ideas and make your furniture comfortable in the space.

Place your sofa in the area with the largest blank space open that also allows the people in the room to enjoy the focal point. Leave at least two feet between sofas, chairs and love seats and the coffee table. Anything less is uncomfortable, feels crowded and causes knee injuries and a painful experience in your home.

Avoid the matching sofa, love seat, chair settings. Choose the sofa as your primary piece and then complement it with different colors or patterns that allow all of the pieces to show off. One matching chair or even a matching love seat can be overcome by adding a contrasting piece to the grouping. Add complimentary throw pillows that introduce your secondary color choices into the space.

Consider adding a sofa table (even if it is a buffet in disguise that will add valuable space for storage, games, etc. that your family uses. When placed at the back of the sofa or love seat it frees up wall space, adds wood tones and a place to add lighting or candles and display space. Cut the legs off of an older buffet and create a special seating area by adding a pillow to the top!

Reject the idea of placing your sofa against the wall, in front of the window. So help me that look is the basis of the ‘House of Commons.’ It says, “I did not know what to do with anything so I just pushed it against the white walls and lined everything up!” That is not an original idea!

Pull pieces into your grouping; leave the walls for spectacular wall hangings and accessories. Don’t be afraid to pull the chairs in and angle them to achieve a conversation area. It is uncomfortable and uninviting to have to bend your neck to make conversation with others in the room.

Place the pieces and sit down, have a ‘mock’ conversation and gently ‘live’ in the space before selecting the right grouping. You will be a force to be reckoned with if you achieve a comfortable seating arrangement!

People will enjoy their time spent in your home and leave not quite knowing why it was such a good experience. It is called being ‘comfortable.’

Personally, I am uncomfortable in spaces where there are no tables; no coffee tables, no end tables, nothing! Just sit right down, hold your coffee and tough it out!

I don’t understand this mentality; it inspires people to leave the space quickly.

Carefully examine the rest of your pieces of furniture. Make sure they do not overwhelm the space by excessive height or girth. Every piece beyond the primary sitting area is an accessory. Make them count!

Hang your pictures and wall decorations at eye level. This places the center of the picture at somewhere between 5′ and 5’6,” Hanging pictures with the center of the picture at 60″ is most desirable to create a warm and inviting space. Find one place in the room to place your largest wall hanging that will allow it to shine for you. If you look around your friends’ homes you are likely to discover that someone measured about a foot or a foot and a half down the wall from the ceiling and hung everything. It is impossible to balance a room with those kinds of heights. Eye Level, always!

If you want to visually tie a space together, like the seating arrangement, find a rug that is two feet wider than the conversation arrangement and center it on the rug underneath.

If you have a sofa that looks perfect against a wall, look for something that balances the size of the sofa with the room. As unlikely as it may seem, a single oversized piece will attract attention not only to your prized sofa but also to the entire room as it becomes the focal point.

Eliminate clutter, place only large items on the floor as a part of your décor get rid of ‘foo foo’ pieces that collect dust (a nice curio cabinet is good for these to be displayed).

Add candles in at least one area of your living room. When things are quieter in the house candles are very comforting to relax with. Display it attractively! Add a plant, tree or other accessory beside the areas that still feel austere to further designate it as your focal point. Whatever your plan, execute it with pride.

Create a special corner in any area and let the lighting, mirrors and candles set a special mood! You are ready now to ‘strut your stuff’ in your living room! Invite your friends and enjoy!

Accessories For the Living Room

You can always make your living room look spectacular and provide the right atmosphere for family and friends relaxation. From the furniture to the decorative pieces, living room accessories are available for all types of house styles. Modern room accessories come in a variety of beautiful designs to choose from and you can always remodel the living room to give it a more modern look.

Some rooms look good with a combination of both traditional and modern accessories, and it all depends on how you mix them to blend well. The main thing is to make the room comfortable at the same time bringing out your taste and style. With a large room space, you can have as many accessories as you like as long as you don’t’ compromise on the remaining space. You don’t have to make it cluttered just because you want all your favorite furniture to fit in. If the room is small, minimize on the accessories.

Go for modern designs that are both simple and affordable if you are working on a tight budget. You can always get modern designs that are beautiful and cheap and these will still give your living room the modern look you want. Since you might be spending a lot of time in the room with family, make the furniture comfortable and consider the children if you have them. Children may want to play on top of the furniture hence get furniture that will be user friendly for them.

The living room may also be the place you have entertainment with your friends which means you should get accessories that will make this possible. Remember to make an entertainment centre when arranging your furniture which will include a TV, DVD players and more entertainment gear you can afford.

Living room furniture includes cabinets, coffee tables, end tables, sofas, side tables among others. Decorative room accessories such as picture frames and flower vases add to the ambience of the room so they should match the style and theme you have chosen for the living room. The living room floor should not be forgotten as it matters too to the general look of the place. You can decide to put rugs to cover the floor that will blend well with the furniture and other accessories. Make the lighting appropriate to bring out right atmosphere..

When you think of improving your room to get rid of that ordinary look, there are many home improvement companies that can help you get that look you want within just a short time. They can help you to choose a theme, arrange the house for you and even tell you the best furniture to buy. Decorating a place is not very easy and these companies can also do that in minutes. Remember that it is not always a must to get completely new living room accessories but you can rearrange the ones you have and get a few new ones to add.