I’ve got the itch, y’all. And it’s BAD this time.
I’m SO ready to redecorate our living room! I have my eye on a gray leather sectional that I would like to build around, and plan on doing the entire room in grays, whites and chocolate browns, with pops of yellow. Be still my heart!!!
Although that revamp has been on “the list” for a while, it’s still not getting done. Partly because other things keep coming up. (Like a quick getaway weekend to DC that I flew out for with my hubby this morning!) I’ll just make do with the living room the way it is for a bit longer!
But when Doug contacted me and asked if I would publish a post on decorating a living room without breaking a budget, I was ALL about it! He’s got some awesome ideas here!
With every change of season, the urge to redecorate my house takes over. While I’d like to have a budget that allowed for a complete house makeover, the reality is that a lot of times, I simply have to find ways to shop smart (and cheap!), find new uses for the things I already have and invest more time than money.
Image used with permission from Tilton Coffered Ceilings.
You may not have the budget right now for something amazing, like a skylight or coffered ceilings – I know I don’t! But your home can still look trendy and fresh with some of these budget friendly decorating ideas.
Changing seasons with color
Nothing freshens up a room like a fresh coat of paint. Choose colors that provide a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room. Try one of the year’s hottest new colors, or match a favorite accessory to create a cohesive look for the room.
Add subtle stripes in a different sheen to provide interest and variety. Paint one wall in a coordinating color to bring even more style to the room. If you aren’t the DIY-painter-type, then check out Kristen’s Printable “questions to ask a painter”.
Stack things up
Put those coffee table books to good use. Stack up a neat pile of books in graduated sizes to fashion an end table next to the couch. It’s the perfect size to hold a slice of cake and a cup of tea while relaxing on the sofa.
Really want to make things pop? Select books whose covers match your decorating scheme – black and whites, shades of blue, or go eclectic for a natural, cozy feel to the room. Check out how classy stacked books look in the first image here.
Bring the outside in
A field of fresh flowers is a scene of beauty and tranquility. Bring some of that beauty indoors with a large bunch of mixed flowers. For an even more dramatic flair, use a vibrant vase that adds personality to the room.
Search thrift stores and garage sales for interesting pieces that you can use as a vase. Have a southwestern décor? Try tucking a large glass in a cowboy boot to hold the flowers. Want a more industrial look? Soften the space with beautiful flowers slipped inside a piece of galvanized pipe. The possibilities are endless!
More than serving
Have a blank wall? Hang an assortment of silver trays on the wall to create a unique and attractive decoration. Check out thrift stores for silver trays of all shapes and sizes at a reasonable price. With a little elbow grease, you can put together a beautiful arrangement that complements almost any style décor. An odd number of trays is generally more pleasing to the eye, so pick 3 different styles or shapes to really make the arrangement work.
Where in the world
Create a whimsical and modern look by purchasing several simple clocks. Set the clocks to some of your favorite places around the world, and label each location. With a glance, you’ll know exactly what time it is at your dream vacation-spot. Add a picture of yourself in each place as a reminder of the wonderful time that you had there for an extra special piece of art.
Mix things up
Find new uses for pieces of furniture that you already have. A luggage rack with a glass frame on top can become a side table. Collections can become centerpieces, game boards can become wall art. Finding new and inventive ways to use the materials you have on hand is economical, fun and unique.
Check out your options in molded tiles. These new, lightweight tiles are easy to hang and remove, giving plenty of opportunities for creating new and interesting arrangements. Made from recycled paper, the tiles are not only attractive; they’re eco-friendly and environmentally smart. Your place can look cool and you can feel good about helping save the planet at the same time.
Try moving furniture around in a new arrangement for a fresh, different feel to the room. Create a reading nook, move chairs together to create conversation areas or put couches at different angles to invite people to relax in your redefined space.
Less is more
For a completely new look, remove everything but the furniture. Embrace minimalism with a simple, clean space that will look new and roomy, without spending a dime. Add back in one or two items of interest to highlight your personality, then sit back and enjoy the new atmosphere.
Make your own
Create your own pieces of art with ‘found’ items and some vibrant colors of spray paint. Glass bottles can become a mantel piece; old frames given new life can be grouped for artistic appeal or make collages of your own design with odds and ends from the junk drawer.
Spruce up your living room with some (or all) of these ideas and fall in love with your home again!
Bio: Doug is a DIY enthusiast, runner, home brewer, and avid traveler. You can follow him on Twitter @diydoug
You know what, I especially love that clock idea! How fun would that be?!
What did you think? Do you plan on employing any of Doug’s ideas?
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