The Living Room is probably the first part of an interior that you encounter, when entering a house. The living room accomodates a plethora of activities which include entertainment, relaxation, TV viewing, inter alia. Yet when we get sick of our surroundings and need something different, it’s tough to make big changes in the context of our busy lives and small budgets. That’s when small, cheap tweaks come in handy. Everyone deserves a living room that exhumes a homely and welcoming attitude, including you. In lieu of this, changing the face of your space isn’t so much of a herculean task and can be achieved by some simple yet groundbreaking ideas which I would be sharing below.
Here are 10 budget-friendly ways to change the face of your space;
1. Go Online : Going online is a great way to get inspired on ideas for designing a space on a low budget. Opps!!! Forgiv me you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t do this already right? Browsing would also give you a sneak peek into other people’s living rooms to get an idea of what you like, and just as importantly, what you don’t.
2. Go Green (not with envy though): Greenery is one of the best ways to liven up a space. See if one of your friends or neighbors will divide up one of their plants and give it to you, then find a vessel around the house for your new organic friend.
3. Stack Your Books: Piled books draw the eye.A stack of books adds needed color, or is a nice space-filler when you don’t want to buy pricier accessories. If shelves aren’t high enough or deep enough to accommodate oversize books, stack them on a flat surface, such as a bench or an end table.
4. Move Things Around: Get acquainted with a different part of your space by moving around your furniture. Put your desk by a window for a change, or orient your sofa towards the fireplace vs. the television for a while.
5. DIY something: Aside from the good feeling you get from making something with your hands, DIY projects are inexpensive ways to decorate. It doesn’t have to be large— even a quick no-sew pillow adds something new to a room. Pillows are relatively easy to make yourself, so choose fabrics such as velvet or silk that exude luxury. Use the expensive fabric for only one side of the pillow, the other side can be faux silk and can either contrast in color or complement. This is where you can show your personal style.
6. Paint it up: This is one of the cheapest and easiest things you can do to switch up a room. It immediately changes the mood, looks fresh, and can be done without a lot of money.A fresh lick of paint can do wonders to brighten a room. Update tired furniture, and be brave: use a color accent from your favorite piece of art that will be hung in the room and apply it to a piece of furniture to turn it into a statement. Refresh tired wooden floors and any architectural features. Do not ignore the ceiling. You can add height to your room by having a lighter tone on it.
7. Declutter: You need to strip out your living room and be ruthless as to what stays and what goes. By getting rid of excess clutter, you are immediately changing the status quo. Your tastes change as the years go by, and what may have been a cutesy ornament twenty years ago may now very well look dated.
8. Find Beauty in the Everyday: Take a look around for regular items that have special visual appeal. Whether it is your collection of boots (above), or an old kimono, displaying them in a conscious way elevates both your objects and the room.
9.Hang a Gallery of Photos: Mine your albums for your best shots (pick a theme: weddings, birthday parties, vacations) and put them in identical frames. Hang in a tight grid or a long line. You can’t go wrong if you stick to a geometric arrangement.
10. Keep it Simple: Ever heard of the statement ‘Less is more’ Yeah, it applies to interior design and decoration as well. Keep your design simple. You don’t need to throw in all your favourite colours and accessories in one space. Imagine if I served you a plate of all your foods mashed up together, wouldn’t you think I need ‘very serious’ help? So, cool it down guys. There are still other spaces in your house that can take on other colours and accessories.