Low Cost Ways To Update Your Living Room
Have you been wondering how to update your living room, but don’t have the budget to match your dreams? There are so many low cost ways to accomplish your update that you probably won’t know where to begin – but this list will be a great start. Remember, as with any home decorating project, creativity is typically the key! Use your imagination and the sky is the limit!
Hang Terrarium-Style Vases
If you love plants, hanging terrarium-style vases is a great way to jazz up your living room. When you have one in your room – particularly if you’ve chosen something with a little color – the eye is naturally drawn to this piece. It is different from everything you are expecting to see and makes for natural decoration. Additionally, anything hanging will save you from small children or pets that like to play in the dirt! These vases hang high enough so that little hands and paws can’t reach them, despite how much they may want to. Small succulents, such as cacti, are perfect to use for this project, but be creative with your choices! They don’t require much upkeep and you can choose to change them out at will.
Buy a New Rug
I know it may not seem like a lot, but because a rug runs over much of the floor (if not the whole thing), getting a brand new design can change the entire feel of a room. If you have a throw rug, consider picking up a different design for the year – or even each season. This will allow you to change things up whenever you feel inclined while keeping your expenses low. Make sure that you are coordinating the hues with your current furniture and paint colors so that all you have to do is switch your rug out for the update.
Transform a Bookcase
Is there a bookcase in your living room? If so, it is not expensive or difficult to transform it into a beautiful focal point! Simply paint the inside-backing of the bookcase a contrasting color to the rest of the piece. Don’t feel like painting? Another easy option is to attach fabric to the backing, using spray adhesive to make it easier. In the event that you decide to change the room’s color scheme at a later date, repaint the backing or replace the fabric to match. Go one step further and buy a coordinating throw rug to go in front of your newly transformed bookcase. You won’t believe the difference!
Rearrange the Furniture
As silly as it probably sounds, sometimes rearranging the furniture can really give your living room a fresh new look. The best thing about this option is that it doesn’t cost you a thing. You can do this once per season, once per month or once per week depending on how much you like to change things up!
Buy a Sofa Cover or Throw
Investing in a new sofa certainly isn’t cheap, but there is hope! Why not buy a pretty or fun sofa cover instead? These covers are available in tons of different patterns and textures. It’s not hard to find something to complement your existing décor, so – provided that you have the funds – you could get one or two to trade off at your leisure. If a sofa cover doesn’t fit into your current budget, consider buying a couple of throws or pillows instead. You can use them as a temporary update until you can afford something different. Are you crafty? Consider doing some chair makeovers instead or creating your own throw pillows!
Create a Photo Gallery
What better way to add life to an empty wall and display your treasured photos than to create a picture gallery! Purchase several cheap frames – of various sizes – at the dollar store or Michaels. Paint them or decorate them as you wish and then choose your photos! If you are creative enough, you can get several sets of these (different frames with different photos) and change them up for the next season or when the mood strikes you. You can also create a few canvas prints for some additional standout material.
Refinish A Garage Sale Piece
If going to garage sales and second-hand stores is something you enjoy, keep an eye out for older furniture pieces that may fit with your décor. Items don’t have to be the correct color, but they should be pieces that you connect with and appear to have a good structural foundation. Take these home and refinish them on your own time, with additional consideration to your budget. A little paint stripper, some sandpaper and a new color can change items into something perfect for your living room!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cheap ways to update your living room, but hopefully these ideas will give you a good place to start. Better yet, once you get going, chances are you’ll be surprised by what you come up with on your own! Do you have additional ideas? I’d love to hear them!