Remodeling For Those on a Budget – Remodel Your Living Room For $1000 Or Less!

Remodeling a living room can cost a substantial amount of money; today, many people just don’t have the budget for a complete remodel. If your living room needs a fresh new look but your financial situation prevents you from spending too much money, this article offers tips for giving the room an entirely appearance for $1000 or less.

Paint – A budget-friendly solution for many problems

Paint can cover a multitude of sins! If your walls are paneled and look like they came right out of the 60’s, paint can work miracles. You can paint directly over clean paneling, or remove it if you like. Use trendy shades such as peach, burnt orange or toast to warm up the room.

You may want to paint baseboards and trim a contrasting or complementary color to add depth and interest. Paint your ceiling a bright white to make the room look taller, or a darker shade to bring a tall ceiling down to size.

Paint can also be used to give your wood furniture a new look. Sand off the old stain or paint, add a new color and gently sand the edges for an antiqued appearance. Also consider giving your walls rich texture by using techniques such as rag-rolling and sponging.

A new floor doesn’t have to cost a fortune

Most people assume that putting a new floor covering in the living room will cost thousands of dollars, but that isn’t necessarily true. Today, you can have carpet or laminate flooring installed for approximately $2 per square foot. This means that if your living room is 300 square feet, you can have a brand new floor for about $600!

Laminate flooring is a project you can probably handle yourself, so you don’t pay for installation charges. Carpet is a bit trickier, and it’s probably best to leave the installation of carpet to the pros.

Lighting

Another bright idea for updating your living room is to install a new light fixture especially if you have only one in the ceiling as the main source of light. Replace it with a completely new light fixture, or consider placing a ceiling fan with lights to give the room a cozy, comfortable appeal. You can replace a light fixture or add a ceiling fan for about $100.

Window treatments make a world of difference

Have a large window in your living room that is your main source of natural light? If you have sheers, curtains or thick draperies hanging from the windows, consider a window treatment that is a bit more modern in appearance. A fabric valance with tassels that hang just over the top edge of the window adds modern appeal, and lets natural light flood the room!

These are just a few ideas for giving your living room an entirely new appeal without spending more than your budget will allow. Put these tips to work in your home, and your living room will look as though you’ve spent a fortune – only you will know the real truth!

Open Up Your Small Living Room

A living room is often one of the most utilized rooms in a house. It can be used as a gathering place for youthful hangouts or study sessions. Perhaps your room is used to host monthly group meetings or clubs. Sporting events may be watched regularly from your living room sofa. Maybe your room is the site of regular parties or social gatherings. Whatever the case may be, the living room deserves special attention when it comes to home decorating. This is the space in your home where you reconnect with your family and loved ones.

The feel of a living space in manipulated with the way furniture is placed in it; the way colors are added to it and accents that are used in it. Different design elements can completely transform the look and feel of a living room. Even if your living room is a problem spot in your house, do not despair there are solutions to minimize the things you don’t like and maximize the potential that is there.

If your living room is on the smaller side, make sure you are aware of the furniture pieces you are putting into that room. It is important not to overburden a smaller space with too many pieces of furniture or too large of furniture. The placement of furniture and area rugs in a small space is essential. In order to visually expand the space, keep furniture toward the walls. Clumping furniture too close together, or too near the center of the room, will visibly shrink an already small space.

If you use your living area as a space where you watch television or movies often the placement of the furniture and TV or projector is even more important. Placing the television and seating furniture along opposite walls is often the best and possibly only real solution, proper placement of an area rug will help keep your room from visually shrinking. Place the area rug in front of or underneath the television then place the furniture along the opposite outside edge of the rug. This visually expands your floor space and will keep you from feeling too cramped. If possible, use a round or oval shaped rug to eliminate a boxy feel.

Choosing the right size rug is extremely important in a smaller sized living room. Using too large of a rug will end up seeming like the main flooring, or carpet, in a room. Using too small of a rug can look like an afterthought and unplanned design element. It will not have the right effect on your decorating as a well thought out and planned rug. Essentially you should look for a rug that is large enough to cover the center of the floor, but not too large that all of the furniture along the perimeter of the room rests fully on top of it. If you shift the rug so that it covers more of one side of a room leaving exposed flooring on the other side, you will again visually change the appearance of the size of the room. Small living rooms can be greatly enhanced by choosing and using the right area rugs.

Redecorate Your Living Room Today

Fall is a wonderful time of year. For many of us it means the cold winter is coming so really, it is the last months to enjoy the weather before the snow and cold set in. For many people, the fall and winter months can be a gloomy time, simply because of the darker days and nights and the lack of sun. This year, why not do some redecorating in your home that can make it a place you will enjoy each and every day?

Let’s start with the living room. Other than our bedrooms for sleeping, the living room is not only the place you spend the most time but also the place you always want to look clean, beautiful and in tip top shape for those unexpected guests or Holiday parties you may have coming up. Lets face it, we know it always makes us happy and brings a little smile on our face when we get something new or can create a whole new look in our home that brings a welcome change right?

Have you ever thought about an indoor waterfall? Not only will it add beauty to your living areas, it will also bring nature indoors with the soothing sounds of water. You have many options when it comes to water fountains in your home. For example, you could add a small tabletop for a whole new look to an end table, a wall fountain instantly adds a new art piece to your walls, or a floor standing fountain can fit perfectly in that corner that looks like it needs something.

Let us explore the indoor floor fountain concept for a minute. Floor water fountains come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Whether the space is large or small, you will find a fountain that will fit perfectly and one your budget will allow. Slate and glass are very common for the face material of indoor waterfalls. You will be amazed at how the sound of water flowing down the entire face of the fountain will relax and soothe you every day! If you have a contemporary style, try a stainless steel framed fountain with a glass or mirrored face. Do you want to create more of a warm, natural look? A copper or bronze frame for your floor fountain will help with this and help bring the nature look into your home.