Not everyone has the money for a big redecorating project but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a living room you love. There are several living room decorating ideas you can use to make your space warm, inviting and appealing without breaking the bank. Let’s look at ten of the best living room decorating ideas you can use to get a room you love at a price you can afford.
10: Work with the furniture you have.
Furniture is expensive. There’s no question about that. Look at the colors of the furniture you already have and build an idea for your room around that. If you absolutely hate the colors of your living room furniture, don’t have the budget to replace it and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, you can reupholster your furniture on your own. It sounds like an expensive project but it doesn’t have to be as long as you’re willing to be a little flexible when choosing new material.
Many fabric stores will have a discount, clearance or budget section. You always want to buy more than you’ll actually need, especially if you’ve never tackled a project of this nature before. Mistakes are bound to happen. If those mistakes are big ones and end with ruined fabric, you’re going to be glad you have that surplus available. Getting a good deal on your fabric can make that a lot easier.
What you trade off for a better price is often selection. You might not be able to get your dream color or design, but don’t let that discourage you. The money you’ll save will be worth a little compromise. It’s a good idea to go in to your fabric search with a color scheme in mind, but don’t get hung up on a specific color or shade. You just might not be able to get it. Stick to simple fabric patterns or a solid color. Busy patterns on multiple furniture items will look busy and distracting and limit your decorating ideas.
09: Look for a theme.
A theme can really tie your living room together, but it can also tie your living room in with the other rooms in your home. Whether its s common color or a specific décor theme, look for a common thread that already exists and expand on it. If there is no theme there, choose one. A theme adds a nice flow to your home and makes it feel connected.
A theme doesn’t mean adding a lot of new things. Instead, most times you can build on a theme by identifying a predominant color in one area of the home and carrying it through to the living room. You don’t want the same wall color – we’ll talk a little more about that in a moment – but instead, carry your theme over in room accents; molding, baseboards or even flooring.
08: Don’t weight your room down with knick-knacks.
Knick-knacks give your living room a lovely, homey feel but you definitely don’t want to take it too far. A lot of clutter distracts from the room and makes it feel messy and unkempt. Pick a few special items and place them throughout the room. If you have a lot of knick-knacks you want to have out and on display, consider a dedicated knick-knack shelf. Avoid having every flat surface in your living room laden with one knick-knack or another. You could even add wall shelves running along the tops of your walls but keep them shallow and keep them uncluttered. Those options will probably run a little extra in terms of money but if you have the budget for it, it could be a good option.
07: Choose your flooring carefully.
You need good flooring in a living room. Flooring can entirely change the feeling of your room and you want to make sure that is a change for the better. You want something that’s going to tie everything together, go with what you have laid down in the rest of the house but also be durable and easy to maintain. Hardwood floors are absolutely beautiful and, depending on the type of flooring, can be quite durable but cost would definitely be a concern. If you want that hard wood floor look but don’t have the expense in your budget, consider laminate or plank flooring. Keep in mind a pest inspection can definitely help and prevent any future problems when upgrading your floor!
While wood in a living room floor can make it more warm and inviting, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of carpet. It’s comfortable to walk on. You have more choices in terms of color and it can be fairly inexpensive. For this one you really need to consider what will work for you and your family. Hardwood, or even laminate, floors may not be great for households with your kids or pets. At the same time, with carpeting you need to worry about spills. It’s a tough decision but no matter which one you make, you’ll be able to find an option you can afford if you’re willing to be flexible and you’re willing to do comparative shopping.
06: Choose a color you can live with.
The color you choose for your living room walls is important. You want something that fits in with the overall color scheme of your home’s décor but you don’t want to use the same color you’ve used elsewhere in your home. This is where having a theme will come in handy. Wall paper is a good option but it can be hard to hang, hard to remove and hard to maintain. Paint can be a much better option.
If you have warm colors or pastel colors in the other rooms in your home, choose warm or pastel colors for the living room. Again, you don’t want to choose the same exact color. You want your living room to feel completely detached or separate from the other rooms in the house but you also don’t want your home to feel boring or monotonous.
If you have the time and patience to deal with hanging and taking care of wallpaper, it can definitely be a great option to go with. A great wallpaper can add texture and a sort of glamour to a room but you really need to choose a design carefully. Choosing a great design and color that fits in with your decorating budget can be a little bit tricky but if you shop smart, you will probably be able to find something high quality that is within your budget. Again, you just may have to be a little bit flexible.
05: Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on windows.
Windows can make a huge difference in how your living room feels. Picture windows and bay windows can greatly open up your space, make the room brighter and more lively and make it feel cozier and more inviting. Spending a little extra on windows can definitely be a wise investment, especially if you have a smaller room to work with. Nice, big windows can really open up a room and make it look larger. Putting small windows in a small room close it off and make it feel claustrophobic. You definitely want to avoid that.
04: Make your own curtains and throw pillows.
Curtains and throw pillows shouldn’t be the focal part of a room but should instead be accents that compliment the overall feel of a room. You don’t want your throw pillows and your curtains to be the same color or pattern as your furniture, but you want them to compliment those colors. To save money, you can easily make your own curtains and throw pillows if you’re willing to put in that extra work. You’ll have a lovely finished product that you can take pride in because you make them yourself. In addition, you can make your throw pillows as firm or soft as you want and you can make your curtains as long or as short as you want. More elaborate designs will require more work but don’t be afraid to keep things simple. You don’t want your curtains or pillows to distract from the rest of your room.
03: Rugs make great additions to a living room.
If you want to really make your room come together, rugs are a great way to go. Even in a smaller room, a nice rug can be the perfect accent piece. You don’t need a fancy, expensive rug to pull your room together or make it feel more comfortable. You don’t even need anything all that flashy. A solid color rug that matches the color of your walls can make a huge difference in a room.
Alternatively, you can liven up a bland or stale feeling room with a bold print rug or even a colored rug that contrasts with your walls and furniture. A bold print can sometimes be distracting and should only be used in a room without any other bold print. If the walls and furniture are pale in shade, a bold printed rug can really lived things up. Pair that bold printed rug with some bright pillows and you have an exciting room.
02: Move your furniture around until you’re happy with it.
Choosing where you want to put your furniture can be pretty difficult. You want something that is open, inviting but, most importantly, comfortable. You want a functional layout but you also want something that’s visually appealing. You want to avoid one of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their living rooms – trying to cram too much furniture into a small room. You want to have room for your family to sit together and you want room for company, but if you’re creative with your layout, you should be able to figure out how to work it out. Try emptying the room, measuring the furniture you have and then stepping back into that room to imagine where your furniture couldgo. Sometimes just looking at something with a new set of eyes is all that’s needed to solve a problem.
01: Don’t expect the perfect room if you don’t have the budget.
Even with tons of money at your disposal, it’s hard to make a home perfect. Things go wrong. Unless you’ve built and designed your home yourself, you’re probably not going to be able to get things absolutely ideal. The more money you have, the more you’ll be able to do obviously but you can still do a lot if you only have a little. Don’t expect more than you can get though. If you’re not willing to handle some of the work on your own, you’re looking at biggest costs as well.
Designing a room you love on a budget you can afford will require you to be a smart shopper and really look for deals whether on fabric, carpets, rugs or anything else you need to buy. You’ll need to make tough choices when it comes to household clutter and you’ll need to be flexible if you want to save money on fabrics, paints and flooring. You can do it though. It’ll just take time and patience and the end result will be well worth it.