You’ve been wanting to do this for a while and the time has never been better then now; especially due to the larger spans of free time you have on your hands – you are going to revamp a room in your home and you are starting with the living room.
Your living room is one of the most commonly used areas in your home, it’s the place of relaxation, it’s where you hang out with your children and spouse, you spend time here making memories and catching up on the events of the world. Of course, you want to revamp it, but the unfortunate side of renovations and revamping raises its head; it’s not cheap to overhaul an entire room right?
Wrong! It can be fairly inexpensive to overhaul and revamp your entire living room if you do it in a manner that will not only save you money in the long run but it can actually increase the overall value of your home, which can net you more money if there is ever a case of wanting to sell your home.
Let’s break down some of the most inexpensive ways to revamp your living room and transform your cozy nook into something just as cozy but new!
Change the Color
With a coat of paint on the walls, some new artwork hanging in strategic locations, and a sofa covering in a bright pattern (or muted tone); you suddenly have a new living room without any major expenses. Look at investing in a couple of thick and soft throws that can be draped over your sofa with some decorative pillows to hide imperfections while adding a touch of elegance to the room.
While you’re at it, you can even change around the layout of your living room to showcase your new style and change what the focal points of the room will be. Use a combination of art pieces from different mediums that complement each other, such as watercolor paintings on one wall, a mosaic art piece on another, and matted family photos on another. The options are limitless when it comes to having a couple of key pieces to revamp your living room.
Get Crafty, Get Thrifty
Instead of running out to buy all new furniture, why not remake what you already have? You don’t need a master’s degree in carpentry to do this but instead, you need drive and creativity supplemented by designs and blueprints found on the web.
Take your older furniture, sand it down to the original wood, and then use a furniture paint or stain to restore it to its former glory. Want to change up the couch cushions with some new DIY upholstery? Then use fabric purchased at your local department or craft store and a bit of stuffing (like what you find in a teddy bear – also available at craft and department stores) to revamp your pillows or make a bunch of cushions in a variety of sizes for a funky look.
Browse through flea markets and craft fairs for inexpensive but unique items that also serve a functional purpose or purchase inexpensive furniture to restore. You even use your discarded items as new patio furniture after they’ve been given the same TLC treatment.
Utilize the Room
One inexpensive way to revamp your living room is to utilize the unused space into a functional area. For example, if you are starting to clutter your living room to fill the void of blank walls, why not set up a mini office setting in the corner of the room? Perhaps your family just got their first “family” computer and you want to ensure that you can monitor your children’s online excursions.
Why not make a mini computer room that can be both fun and practical in the corner of the room behind the living area (where the couches face the television, etc.)? Purchase a pair of computer speakers and use your computer as a music player or to increase the surround sound of your entertainment setup.
Don’t want a bulky computer chair taking up space, halfway out into the main traffic areas? Then you want to check out these top drafting chairs for standing desks. They are more streamlined, compact, and more modern than most traditional office chairs, plus they have a ton of health benefits for those with chronic pain issues.
You can take any of these tips and ways to inexpensively revamp your living room and mash them together for a complete overhaul or you can even pick away at your revamping project over time. Some of these ways don’t even have to be exclusively for revamping your living room either but they can be used in other areas of the home as well. For example, re-holstering your furniture can also work for your outdoor patio furniture or the cushions on the dining room table chairs.
You can add new artwork, both homemade and purchased, to the walls of any room within the home for a fresh look. Changing up the accessories and accents of a room with a fresh coat of paint can also revamp the rooms of your home without blowing your rainy-day budget.
Take your time, envision what you want your living room to look like, make lists, and start bargain shopping whenever possible! Check out those local flea markets, online buy and sell groups, and even stuff that family members might have had for generations but are willing to part with it!