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Affordable Ways to Give Your Living Room a Makeover

One of the most commonly used rooms in the home is the living or family room. This is the space where families get together to do just about everything from play video games to watch movies and television series. As you might imagine, since the living room is constantly in use, it may need to be spruced up more frequently than other areas in the home. If your family area is looking a bit worn down from all the fun memories you’ve created, you’ll love these affordable tips for giving it a makeover.

Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’re looking for an affordable way to change up the room, a fresh coat of paint always does the trick. The color of the room sets the tone and if it’s looking especially dingy or chipped, it can make the entire room look uninviting. To make the space feel more vibrant and open, consider brighter or bolder colors instead of darker colors that can make the area feel dreary and small.

Couch Covers and Throw Pillows

Enough game and movie nights as your couch and pillows will begin to look misshaped. While buying a new furniture set may not be in the budget, if you’re handy with the sewing machine, you can make your couch look brand new. You can make your own couch cushion covers and throw pillows. You can opt for more durable fabric like Sunbrella fabric which can be used both indoors and outdoors. This will ensure your toss pillows and couch cushions stay intact even during imaginary play.

New Wall Art

Now that your living room walls are all freshly painted, you can add some life to the walls and really bring the décor together. Decorate your walls with nice pictures or paintings. You don’t have to spend a lot either, you can find affordable pieces at flea markets, yard sales, and even your nearest department store. You can create a collage, a feature wall, or whatever you’d like to make the walls pop.

If you’d really like to tackle a few tasks at once, you can save money, spend time with your family, and get the wall art you need by allowing each member of the family to create their own masterpiece. Experimenting with different colors, textures, and styles of art is a cool way to spend time with the kids. They’ll also feel proud when they see it hanging up.

Refurbish Old Furniture

If you have old side tables or wooden chairs in your living room that have lost their color or don’t function as well, you don’t have to throw it out. Most wooden furniture can be refurbished at a low cost. You’ll need to get screws and L braces to secure wobbly legs and other furniture parts. Lastly, you’ll just need some sandpaper, stain finish, or paint to complete the look.

You don’t have to break the bank to create a space you enjoy living in. All it takes is a little creativity, some cool ideas, and the tools to get the job done. Your living room area may look a bit worn down now, but with a fresh coat of paint, a new couch cover and toss pillows, and some wall art to complete the look, you’ll have an entirely new space in no time.



  1. Mary Ambrosino says:

    A great way to start the New Year.