Recently, I wrote a post about energy efficiency in the home and while I love decorating, I am always mindful of my spending. You see, just like most families, our bank accounts aren’t overflowing with cash. We have to be careful of what we spend on non-necessities, like decorating the house.
Anyway, writing that post got me thinking about decorating on a budget and how, you can easily give any space in your home a revamp without breaking the bank. In today’s post, I decided to focus on the living room, as it is one of the most used spaces in every family home.
Don’t repaint unless you have to
First things first, assess the paintwork in your living room. If it’s stained with marks and grubby hand-prints, you might think that repainting is the only option, but that’s not the case. Instead of repainting, you can get rid of marks and stains by washing the walls.
Fill a basin with warm water and a small amount of mild soap – dish soap is ideal for this, and then dip a sponge or clean cloth in the solution. Wring the cloth or sponge out to get rid of any excess water, and then gently wipe over each wall. Don’t be too rough with the cloth on stains, as you could end up removing the paint.
If washing your walls removes the stains, then you don’t need to repaint. However, if it doesn’t, or you notice that the paint has started to peel or bubble, repainting is the only option. To make this cheaper, buy your paint from a discount store and do the work yourself, instead of hiring a professional painter.
Clean or rip up the carpet
If your living room has carpet that’s looking a little worse for wear, you have two options; clean it or rip it up and reveal the floorboards. If you don’t fancy having bare floorboards – (which can look fantastic) cleaning your carpet is the best option.
You can do the cleaning yourself, or you can hire a company to do it for you. If you hire a professional company, the results will be better. However, professional carpet cleaning can be costly.
If you choose to rip the carpets up to reveal the floorboards, make sure to think about how you will protect them. You can polish the floorboards or paint them with a special protective varnish; what you choose to do is up to you.
Get creative with your furniture
When it comes to your living room furniture, getting creative is a must. Wooden pieces of furniture can easily be updated with a quick sanding and a coat of paint or stain. However, updating pieces made from other materials can be more tricky.
If you have items that are in a good condition, but you no longer want, sell them on a pre-loved site. You can then use the money you make to visit a good home furniture store and pick out something new. For your couches and armchairs, you can easily update them by recovering them with a new, stylish material.
Move accessories around
To give your living room a fresh look without spending a lot, take accessories from other rooms in the house. It’s amazing how switching accessories every so often can make such a big difference to the look and feel of the room.
Breathing new life into your living room without overspending might seem almost impossible. However, if you’re smart about it, it’s actually, much easier than you would think.