You can change the energy in your home just by doing something as simple as decorating your space. If you’re feeling restless or bored, maybe it’s time to revamp your living room. After all, the living room is one of the most used spaces in the house–whether for entertaining guests, bonding with loved ones, or just relaxing on your own.
Want to add that much needed-brightness and warmth without having to monitor your budget? Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to help you start the transformation.
1. Rearrange your furniture
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to give your living room a new look is by rearranging the furniture that’s already there. Consider moving your favorite chair closer to the window for that natural lighting. Create a reading nook or a quiet area with side tables and tools. You can even switch things up by moving decor from one area of the house to the living room.
2. Dress up your walls
When you’re in a pinch for floor space, walls are an excellent place to start adding new furnishings. Consider creating a gallery wall with fun, nostalgic, or even inspiring framed photos and prints. If you’re more artsy, a piece of fabric with an interesting color or pattern can be just the touch of style you need.
3. Add some greenery
Plants are another effortless yet stylish addition for your living room, adding shape and color to the spaces they’re in. It’s simply a matter of finding the right type or size that suits your needs. A neat trick to getting the large, lush foliage look without the hefty price tag is to arrange groups of smaller plants at varying heights. If you have a personal garden, consider bringing in some of your homegrown plants in pretty pots.
4. Update your cushions
Cushions are the perfect accents for any living room, so it’s no surprise that revamped cushions can make a difference for your living room. Pick a light, complementing color to match your current palette while adding much-needed brightness to the space. For those who are more daring, you can opt for bright, stand-out shades to give them a pop of color.
5. Invest in conversation-starters
Another good way to transform your living room is to add a striking or interesting piece that will get people talking. Not only does this create a focal point for your design, but you also have more freedom on deciding what kind of piece it is. Feel free to pick a piece that best expresses ‘you’!
6. Refurbish old pieces
Sometimes, the key to making a change is breathing new life into old things. Maybe a table needs a fresh coat of paint, or a chair cushion could use new upholstery. Transforming furniture that you already have into something more interesting gives you the opportunity to keep well-loved pieces while updating them to match the vision you have for your space.
7. Play with mirrors
One of the best home decorating hacks ever is using mirrors to give the illusion of space. A well-placed wall mirror can make your living room seem bigger and reflect more light, adding more brightness into the room. Luckily, mirrors come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, making it much easier to match to your space.
8. Splash on new color
Need more brightness in a room? Taking your wall color in a new direction can work wonders for your space! While white is a safe and easy choice, it doesn’t have to be the only one. Paint the walls with colors that easily highlight and accentuate the decor and design you have. If you’re feeling brave, go for a bolder, brighter hue or a color that makes you feel relaxed and at-ease.
9. Bring in light
It may be stating the obvious, but the best way to brighten up your living room is to add more light. Get creative with furniture placement and thinner curtains to maximize your natural light sources. For brightness throughout the day, consider adding a new lighting fixture. A lamp can easily fit on a side table, on the wall, or even stand on its own. Opt for warmer bulbs to create that warm and cozy feeling.
Making a change to your living space can be necessary for bringing in a lighter, more positive energy. However, this change doesn’t need to break the bank. With a lot of creativity and a bit of patience, you’ll have your living room better and brighter than ever.
Author Bio: Michael Hill is the Marketing Manager at Ayala Land International. He believes that everyday is a chance to learn something new. In his free time, he writes about home improvement, personal finance, and lifestyle articles while listening to soul and jazz music.