The living room is the heart of the home. Its where the family gathers, where guests are invited to, and where we put our most beloved possessions—to exhibit what kind of family we are and what kind of home we have.
The living room can take ages to be renovated fully, so if you dont have the time or the finances for a full remodeling, try some of the following ideas.
These are inexpensive ways to bring new life into this area, make it appear newer and fresher, and impart a completely different atmosphere at home.
Start with Postponed Repairs and Unused Items
Start by doing some minor repairs that you have been postponing for ages. You know those spots with chipped paint, the stains on the carpet, the floor board that is loose? All of these small issues make the living room look unwelcoming and not as cozy as it could be.
Start by fixing those issues and then take a look at the room. What is it that you like about it and what is it that youd immediately get rid of?
Is it the old chair sitting in the corner of the room that nobody ever uses; or is it the old CD player that only gathers dust? Whatever it is that bothers you a lot about the area, simply get rid of it.
There is no point keeping items that you never use on display and continuing to dislike them.
The living room is a room of many purposes—watching TV, resting, eating, socializing, reading books, and even working. Focus on what these purposes currently are.
Or what they have been in the past couple of years, for example. Then remove everything that no longer contribute to those essential activities. Rearrange the cabinets and the shelves so they dont look cluttered and messy.
Rearrange Furniture and Furnishings
Now that you have lost unused items, its time to reorganize for comfort, efficiency, and aesthetic values. In order to generate a more inviting feel to the living room, there are key focal point objects in the room.
These may include mirrors, lighting, rugs, candles, photo frames, paintings, plants, drapes, etc. These can be placed for aesthetics or effect. For example, mirrors enlarge a room visually.
Arrange your furniture to provide not only the maximum amount of free room (avoid claustrophobia), but also to provide clear foot traffic routes from all points of entry and exit.
Open areas allow easier movement, more tranquility and ensure a much tidier space. A living room will feel completely different with less furniture blocking the high traffic areas. Often you dont even need to throw away furniture pieces—it is all about properly organizing them.
Room Painting is an Inexpensive Fix
One of the inexpensive ways to remodel your living room is to simply repaint it. Choose two colors that will complement the style and color of the furniture. Experiment with painting the window sill and the different elements in the room.
Keep in mind that different colors can create different moods and perceptions. For example, the darker the color, the smaller and more somber the room will seem. On the other hand, lighter colors open up the space.
Utilize these simple and affordable ideas for remodeling your living room and within a few days you will have a fresh looking room with a completely new atmosphere.
This article was created by Ella Andrews—professional writer and blogger. As writer, Ella is always focused on writing in the best possible way. Her creativity and imagination are not limited to just writing.