8 Affordable Ways to Give Your Living Room a Facelift
With the change in seasons comes an overwhelming need to change your surroundings, and if you have the budget for a full remodel, then you’re ready to get started. However, many people are working with tight budgets and need to make their money stretch as far as possible.
So how do you update the look of your living room and make it feel like you’ve revamped the space without spending a fortune? We asked some of the top interior designers, home remodeling professionals and money-saving experts for their tips on how to give your living room a facelift without breaking the bank.
Swap Out Your Old Ceiling Fan
“Whether it’s a fan or an old light fixture, swapping it out for a great new fixture is an inexpensive way to bring new life to a space. Think of lighting as the jewelry of the room.”
–Genevieve Wilhelm, Designer, Lee Douglas Interiors
Check Your Lighting
“Better lighting always refreshes a room (provided it is a clean room). This can be as simple as removing curtains that block light, putting brighter bulbs in light fixtures, adding an extra lamp or two, or replacing light fixtures with brighter fixtures.”
–Glenn S. Phillips, CEO, Lake Homes Realty
Rearrange Your Furniture
“The first thing I did was remove all of my decorative items out of the room so I could get a sense for where I wanted to make changes to the room. Then, I actually rearranged my furniture. That’s correct, simply rearranging my furniture has completely changed my room style! Everyone that visits notices that something is different, but I have not spent any money to refresh my room by simply rearranging furniture.”
– Elizabeth Dodson, Co-Founder, HomeZada
Never Pay Full Price
“All across the U.S. people spend thousands on re-decorating their homes each year. Coupons can save you money on every aspect of re-decorating, from paint, flooring and tiles to bathroom cabinets and furniture. Make a list of the items you need to re-do your home, and spend an hour searching online. Check all major coupon sites and don’t forget to look for manufacturer coupons as well.”
–Marco Piu, General Manager Couponbox.com
Invest In Classic Furniture Pieces
“The décor of the living room is incredibly important as this dominant room sets the tone for the rest of your home. It’s the room where guests may spend most of their time and the room that will leave lasting impressions, so creating stylish wall units should not be taken lightly.
Homes striving for a more traditional design would be served best with living rooms that emphasize the modern elegance of the residence. That includes classic furniture pieces, such as a beautiful coffee table and sophisticated rug designs. A simple writer’s desk in the corner and a chandelier can also round out the classic nature of the living room.”
–Dan Moyer, Closet Factory
Consider Your Windows
“Large, modern windows can dramatically change the look of any room, especially the living room. By increasing the amount of or size of the windows, you are allowing more natural light and creating an inviting environment. The great thing about windows is that you can base your entire room off of their style, or you can find a window to fit the already existing feel of the room. With the endless paint, size, material, and shape options, there is certainly an affordable window perfect for every type of living room.”
–Dave Smucker, Smucker’s Exterior & Remodeling
Harness the Power of Paint
- Repaint the fireplace: Giving the living room a new look doesn’t require repainting the walls. By using an oval-shaped, flat brush to get into the cracks, readers can learn how to change the color of the bricks surrounding the area, and create color variation with a rag.
- Repaint the trim: One of the quickest ways to give a home a makeover – focus on the trim, baseboards and shoe molding. There’s no need to apply a primer, as this project is as simple as using a small brush with bright white paint.
- Paint the inside of a bookcase: No longer do shelves need to blend into the wall – make them pop by painting the inside with a controlled blast of color.
–Scott Specker, Five Star Painting of Suwanee and Alpharetta, Georgia
Less is More
“Get rid of clutter and unnecessary items that are taking up space in your living room. Minimalism is ‘in’ for a reason! The less clutter you have in a room the bigger it will feel and the easier it is for your eyes to focus on the objects in the room that are worth paying attention to. Having more space will also give your living room a more serene feel.”
–Liat Tzoubari, CEO and Founder, Sevensmith