Our living room is an area we want to look nice, but with the kitchen and bedrooms that need to be furnished and decorated, it can be a bit overwhelming. We need to stretch what we already have to make it look chic, without spending a lot of money.
1. Rearrange what you already have. This is one of the first things that you’ll want to do. Really think about what you have, and if it’s serving it’s full potential where it already is. I had my favorite mirror in our guest bedroom that doesn’t get used very much, and decided to put something cheaper in there, and put my favorite mirror where it can be seen more.
2. Put up a large mirror, or a few smaller mirrors. If you can’t afford a nice piece of artwork, don’t worry. Mirrors make a statement without all the cost. I love the look of framed mirrors arranged in a collage. You can mix it up with a few family pictures, or just keep it mirrors.
3. Paint the walls. This is also a good starting point. There are so many ways to paint your walls, you can try a faux technique, or add some board and batten, and get a really fancy feel without spending a lot of money. Paint is the cheapest thing that always makes the biggest difference.
4. Recover your furniture. There are a few ways to go about this. You can either reupholster a chair, or use a cool slip cover over an old couch that is waiting it’s turn to get replaced. Or if you just have a nice couch, and don’t want your little ones ruining it, just cover it.
5. Be creative with your window treatments. I’ve seen a lot of cool window treatments lately. You can make your own valence either from just ruffled fabric, or fabric covered wood. There are a lot of options. Even if I choose to sew my curtains, I start at Ikea with their curtains. They’re so cheap, and I just use they’re fabric, and cut them up and sew them the way I want.
6. Update your hardware. This is also one of those little things that goes a long ways. Whether its your lighting, or the knobs/pulls on your entertainment center. It really updates the room, and gives it a modern feel.
7. Hang your own artwork. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you are a great artist, you are probably a lot better than you think. I see a lot of cool frames with weird art stuff in it. Swap it out for your own.
8. Use a carpet remnant instead of a rug. If you find one from a carpet warehouse, they’re usually bound around the edges, and make great rugs. And they’re so much cheaper than the actual carpet. If you have a hard time finding a remnant, then shop sales on line on rug websites. You can find really good deals on rugs, if you hold out for the sales.
9. Buy secondhand. You can either go to thrift shops, and find things there. Or go to garage sales on Saturday mornings. This is a great way to repurpose something, or find just what you’re looking for.
10. Repurpose what you already have. This is a great option for accessories. If you have a bunch of old gross throw pillows on your couch, recover them. If your vases look outdated, paint them, and fill them with something new. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by repurposing what you already have. I had a book shelf I didn’t love, but I painted it, and added some bead board to the back of it. It’s my favorite piece right now.