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.
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!