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Frugal Living Room Remodeling

Ideas for Inexpensive Make-Overs

© 2016 by Vicki Riviera; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

A recently remodeled living room; photo courtesy Ella Andrews

Your living room can be said to be the heart of your home. It’s where your family gathers, where your guests congregate, and where you stage your most beloved possessions—to exhibit what kind of family belong to and what kind of home you have created.

Your living room can take ages to be renovated fully, and indeed this is often an evolutionary process, so if you don’t have the time or the finances for a full remodeling, give some of the following ideas a chance.

These are frugal and wallet-friendly ways to bring new life into the area, make it look newer and fresher, and embody a completely unique atmosphere right in your own living space.

Start with Postponed Repairs and Unused Items

Begin by performing some of the minor repairs that you have been postponing for ages. You know those spots; chipped paint, carpet stains (wine or pets usually), the parquet or laminate floor boards that have become loose? These small items will make your living room area seem unwelcoming and not quite as cozy as it used to be.

Begin your project by addressing those issues and next take another look at your room and make an evaluation. What is it that you like about it? What is it that you would immediately change?

It might be the ancient chair lurking in the corner of the room that nobody ever uses. It might be your old CD player that never gets used anymore. Whatever you find that gets on your nerves upon an honest inspection, simply dispose of it.

There’s no merit in holding onto things that you never use.

Your living room is a place functioning for many purposes—watching television, kicking back, eating, entertaining, reading books or your Kindle Paperwhite E-reader , and even working. Determine what these purposes in your case are.

Next consider removing everything that no longer adds value to your essential activities. Where possible, rearrange the cabinets and shelving so they don’t seem cluttered and messy.

Rearranging Your Furniture

Since you have now finished eliminating your unused possessions, it is time to reorganize your new-found area for comfort, efficiency, and aesthetic qualities. To generate a more inviting vibe to your living room, focus on essential objects in the room.

What are these objects? They may include mirrors, runner rugs, candles, picture frames, art works, potted plants, window treatments, etc. These can all be rearranged for aesthetics, functionality, or effect. As a good example, mirrors can be positioned to enlarge a room visually.

Next, arrange your furniture in order to provide not only the maximum amount of free room (avoiding the dreaded claustrophobia), but also to provide clear walking traffic routes from all your points of entry and exit in the room.

Open spaces are known to allow for easier movement, more comfort, and guarantee a much tidier living area. Your living room will feel completely different when it is encumbered with fewer furniture pieces blocking your higher traffic areas. In fact, you don’t need to throw away or donate furniture pieces— in most cases. It is all about logistically organizing them in order to serve your requirements.

Painting Your Room is a Frugal Home Improvement

One of the most frugal methods to remodeling your living room is to simply repaint it. Generally, pick two colors that complement the style and color of your furnishings. You can also experiment with painting your window sills as well as the different elements in your room.

Remember that some different colors can be used to create different moods as well as your perceptions. As an example, consider that the darker the color, the smaller and more somber your room will appear. Simply put, lighter, mellower colors tend to open up your space.

Try using these simple and affordable decorating concepts for remodeling your living room. Within a few days you’ll have a fresh looking room along with a completely new atmosphere.

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