While painting the walls is the most common budget-friendly way to drastically alter the appearance of the room, it is by far the only thing you can do. In fact, there are several things you can do to update your living room without breaking the bank.
Paint Hardwood Floors
If your hardwood floors are long past their prime but you can’t, or don’t want to, put the cost into installing new flooring just grab some paint. Epoxy- or enamel-based paint can be applied to hardwood floors to change the entire look of the room. Using a light color will brighten up a room that is a bit dark, or you can create a diamond or stripe pattern with the help of painter’s tape.
Scour Thrift Stores and Flea Markets
Thrift stores and flea markets are treasure troves of unusual, vintage and fun items that can help transform any room without paying a huge price tag. Find some unique lamp shades and install them to breathe new life into your living room without actually having to buy new lamps. You would be surprised at what you can find at thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales and flea markets.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Most ceilings are easy to forget since they are usually a white color and not bothered with unless there is a problem. However, you can drastically improve the overall look of your living room by simply applying a coat of paint to the ceiling. For example, if you paint the ceiling a soft blue shade it will pull the eyes upward when entering the room and make the space feel more open and airy.
Make a Feature Wall
Get dramatic by making a feature wall and painting it a darker color, such as dark gray. For best results, make the area above built-ins – such as fireplaces – the feature wall to help draw attention to the focal point of the living room. Furthermore, you can use stencils to create patterns on the wall, floors or ceilings.
Add Pops of Color
Bright colors can be distracting if overdone, but it can also modernize the living room and bring life to a dull space. For example, add some bright decorative pillows that match your living room’s color scheme to bring a new, fresh and fun vibe to the room.