How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget

In this chapter, we will look at a number of different ways to provide a new look to your
living room.

It may be that you are just starting out in a new home, or that you would
like to revive an old tired space, but decorating any room, and especially the living room,
can be a real challenge. It can be even more of a challenge when you only have small
budget to work with.

But the biggest hurdle that we face is how to get a look that expresses our unique
personality, without spending a fortune. However, by looking at the items you already
have in a different way, you should be able to create a cozy family room for almost next
to nothing.

Below are provided a number of decorating tips which should help to turn a
drab living room into a warm and friendly place for everybody to gather.

1. Paint
Paint one wall using your favorite color, and so make this the focal point of the room.
Then hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have
made yourself). Next, place a nice piece of furniture on that side of the room to provide
even more accent to the wall. If you want to add extra impact to the wall, then why not
use a rubber stamping technique? Although it is extremely easy to do, rubber stamping
can look very impressive when finished.

2. Use an Area Rug
This is a great way to define a conversation area and look for one which will complement
the décor of the room. Rather than lying it straight, put it at an angle underneath your
coffee table (if you have one). Or if not, then just place it in a central location where the
seating is situated. Why not add some large cushions as well?

3. Pictures & Mirrors
Hang those which most reflect your personality. If you are able to, try frames that are
more ornate. Plus, when hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect
either a nice view, or an interesting architectural element of the room. Including a
mirror in a room also creates the illusion of more space in a room because of the light
reflecting off it.

4. Lighting

Replace lamps, as these are one thing that will provide clues to your room being
outdated. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the
lampshade instead.

5. Coffee Table
If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative
throw rug. Or if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then why not consider tiling the
top of it with mosaic tiles or colored glass instead?

6. Rearrange the Furniture
But do not think square; instead, put your furniture at an angle. By doing this you are
giving a whole new look to the layout of your room, and is much more inexpensive than
going out and buying new furniture.
Also pay attention to the floor space that you have left and use it. You could actually get
some scatter cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living
room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.

7. Plants
Use plants to add freshness and impact to the décor of your room, and if placed
strategically, will hide any ugly flaws in a room.
Finally, if you do not need it, then remove it. You can either donate it to your local
charity, or ask a family member or friend if they could use it. By de-cluttering a space,
you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a
whole new look.

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