Living room makeover on a budget

Enjoy a fresh new look for little money

Freshen up your living room in little time, no matter what your budget. Whether you need a quick living room makeover for company that will soon be visiting, or just want to do something a little different for yourself, you can use the tricks we've provided to refresh your living space. Our recommendations prove that you don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a fresh new look. Many of the budget decorating ideas we've listed won't cost a dime!

Hide the television - Every home has a television set in their living room, and while we many enjoy looking at it when our favorite show is on, when it's not in use, it's a bit of an eyesore. Makeover the living room by concealing the TV behind curtains, behind a room divider, or with any of the '8 Clever Ways to Hide a Television' we've provided. This is a quick way to improve the look of a room and keep the set protected from damage, dirt, and dust.

Create a focal point - Choose a point of interest and turn it into a focal point. This will help anchor the room, and provide a structure to decorate the living room around. In the living room, it's easy to select a focal point because there is typically substantial wall space and either a window, fireplace, or other sizable feature to use. Use our recommendations for 'Easy focal point ideas for home decorating'.

Rearrange the furniture - It's easy to get a whole new look by simply rearranging the furniture. Push everything to a new location and move it away from the walls at least 1". This will help give the room a cozy feeling, and create a comfortable conversation area for visiting with friends.

Reuse and repurpose - Reuse and repurpose furniture, accessories, linens, and artwork from other areas of the house for a quick living room makeover. Perhaps there is an unused mirror, chair, or framed portrait, up in the attic. Bring it down and make it a part of your new living room makeover. Exchange artwork that is currently place for some in another room. Move things around from room to room and repurpose it elsewhere for a fresh new look.

Add the unexpected - For a quick budget decorating idea, add an unexpected element to the living room. A room divider, decorative ladder, water feature, or oversized mirror, are just a few items that will bring the "wow" to your new living room.

Makeover the furniture - Since new furniture isn't part of budget decorating, you'll need to work with what you have. As long as it's still structurally sound, there's no reason to replace it anyway! Makeover the sofa with a fresh slipcover, decorative pillows, or a thorough cleaning. Take a wooden chair and give it a distressed, antique finish with a simple DIY paint technique. It's easy, inexpensive, and will provide you with a one-of-a-kind accent piece.

Dress up the fireplace - Take your fireplace from drab to fab with very little effort, and completely change the look of your living space. Decorate the mantel for everyday use, and give the hearth some purpose when there's no need for a fire. Make the most of every space with these 'Fireplace Decorating Ideas'.

Declutter - The importance of a nice, clean room cannot be overstated. A room that is free of clutter is a room that will look more spacious. Pick everything off the floor and organize it in bins, baskets, and other storage vessels. Use these 'Storage Solutions for Small Spaces' for inspiration.


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