Seeing luxurious home décor tips in magazines can put one down but don’t you worry, as it does not have to be so expensive all the time. You can achieve quite a similar look when you decorate your living room on a low budget as well. All you need is a couple of DIY tips and a few hacks and your home décor game will never be the same. It is cost-effective, easy, and way more fun. Also, in this way, you can add personality to your house and make it more ‘your way’. With DIY comes countless opportunities to explore the artist within.
Decorate Your Living Room on a Low Budget: What to Consider Beforehand
Planning is essential when you want to decorate your living room on a low budget. Always plan before starting a home décor project. By allocating resources and making a budget everything goes seamlessly and you do not end up buying extra stuff. Believe me! That is a serious problem. The amazing feeling of being in a home décor store mesmerizes you and you end up purchasing things you would not probably use.
Once you have made a budget plan, next up is specifying what space are you decorating. It will help you buy things accordingly. If you are decorating your living room, there is so much explore and play with.
Recycling and reusing will help you a lot if you are looking forward to an affordable renovation. You can utilize stuff that you already have, as it is, or use multiple techniques to improve and improvise based on what you are using it for.
Coordination is essential. You do not want your space to look odd and alienated in your house because of a botched paint job or failed décor technique. Keep the colors, patterns, and placing of things such that they go with the setting of the rest of the house. Especially for living rooms, it is the center of the house and requires proper attention for renovation and décor.
1. Furnishing of the Living Room
Let us begin at the hardest part of redoing a living room i.e. the furniture. It might not be that tough to select furniture when you have a big budget but a small budget room décor can put you in a pickle. To save the cost of new furniture, redo the old one. If you must buy a new one, invest in multipurpose furniture as it serves multiple purposes and comes quite in handy when you are low on space.
Just by placing your couch in a different place or position can make a huge difference in the ambiance. The major difference is caused by the couch; avoid placing it in the corner as it looks quite shabby and makes the room look smaller.
Vignettes can transform your décor maneuver, entirely. You can incorporate one by manipulating the shadows or by moving the furniture in such a position that it creates an illusion of a more vivid and bright living room.
Instead of purchasing new furniture, you can redo the old one. repaint the wooden parts and change the cover of the couch. You can be creative in so many ways and change the look of your old, boring furniture without spending so many dollars. A unique way of repurposing furniture is to take away apart from a piece of furniture (detaching a table arm and transforming it into a cutting board)
Less is more
A living room does require furniture but you do not have to stuff it with fixtures. The lesser the better. It will make your setting look brighter, more open, and improve the aesthetics up to a great extent. Eliminate any unnecessary furniture and see how it changes the look.
2. Affordable Paint Job
Redo the walls. It plays a significant role in transforming the ambiance of the living room. You might find expensive paint jobs with eye-catching patterns and luxurious textures in various magazines and online but they might be too expensive. Here is when DIY saves the day. You can create various expensive-looking elegant textures and patterns on your walls using multiple techniques and types of paints (glossy or matt).
If you are a trend-follower, this one is for you. Use bold and solid paint for your living room to match your personality. Make sure it compliments your lighting and furniture.
Stencils are a great option if you are into intricate patterns but can’t afford expensive wall paint jobs. They are quite affordable and are safe to use. Place a stencil of your choice on the wall and apply the paint, evenly. Remove the stencils and enjoy your beautiful masterpiece. It is easy and extremely budget-friendly.
If you like simpler patterns, trips, dots and geometric patterns would help you redo the bland old walls. You can tape a pattern and paint the entire wall. Once the paint dries up, remove the tape to have a simple yet beautiful wall.
Sponging and Ombre
Ombre walls will create a sunset vibe in the living room especially in the evening lights. It is a great way of adding a subtle look to the overall aesthetics of a space. If your furniture is of light shade or made out of blonde wood, ombre would work perfectly for you. You can use the sponging technique to add a thicker texture
White-washed walls are a blank canvas, you can experiment with painting landscapes, city capes, etc. to discover your hidden talents. If you find these ideas tricky, the abstract will always save the day.
3. Create a Display
Your hobbies can be of quite a utility in decorating your living room especially if you are a collector or have any other artistic hobby. Here are some ways you can integrate this in your living room décor:
Shelves are a great way of utilizing verticle space and quite inexpensive (to install). You can even DIY a shelf and make one from scratch. Use leftover wooden pieces from a piece of furniture etc and repurpose it by painting and revarnishing it as a shelf to display your collections.
For a book lover like me, mini-libraries go incredibly with the living room ambiance and create an aesthetic and sophisticated vibe. Color coordinate books to add extra artistic oomph.
It is quite similar to a shelf but they are comparatively smaller and look more artistic. You can use glass, wood, PVC, or almost any material to make one. Displaying stones, jewelry, bottle caps, etc can look perfect.
4. Decorate Your Living Room on a Low Budget by Incorporating Different Elements
Monotony always leads to boredom; try to include various elements to keep the aesthetic of the living room high. You do not want the core part of your house to be dull.
Glass sculptures, wall art, mirror, and decorative items can help refract light to keep the room well lit. The transparency away contributes to the deluxe look that is usually provided by expensive makeovers.
Adding metallic counters, tables, art or furniture can help you add a silver leaf finish. It is great for people who like warm tones and metallic hues. If your house is dark themed, metallic wallpaper and furniture are great for you.
Curtain and drapes are not only important in terms of the ambiance but are quite functional as they keep excessive light out and prevent bugs from getting in even with open windows. You can be creative with cushions and cover/sheets for the cabinets and tables. It gives a very homely vibe.
Woodwork is expensive but you can always reuse and redo old stuff to create the most picture-perfect living room ever. Wooden mosaic art on walls will give a rustic look which is perfect if you like deep tones. If you are looking for more a modern look, combine worn-out wood with resins and glitter to make starboards, tabletop or countertop. It is one of the most mesmerizing and fun to do an art projects ever.
5. Self-made Cheap Artwork
DIY projects are quite fun especially when you are using them for home décor purposes. It does not necessarily mean you have to utilize old stuff; you can buy cheap artwork and repurpose it using your artistic skills or even use its packaging to create something entirely new.
Wondering how wrapper and old packaging can be used as art? Here are a few tips:
- Bottlecap mosaic
- Candy wrapper pixel art
- Glass bottle vase
- Cigarette box puppets
- Cut out pictures from magazines
- Self-made calendar
- Mounted cases from old boxes
The best thing about recycled art is that it can create a vintage as well as a trendy vibe. It all depends on how you utilize the resources and give it a twist of your creativity.
You do not need big bucks for good home décor; with a couple of good ideas and a few day hacks you can change the game of interior decoration. Without spending recklessly on expensive home decoration, you can achieve a similar outlook and a perfect setting that you always desired.
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rachel framptonDecember 16, 2020
My living room looks a bit dull, which is why I’m thinking of decorating it with a floral still life oil painting because this will surely enhance its ambiance. Well, you are right that aside from adding art, rearranging the furniture will make a huge difference as well. I also like your idea of redoing furniture instead of buying new ones.
rachel framptonJanuary 11, 2021
My dad would like to have window treatments installed in our living room so the said space will look more lavish. Well, I like your suggestion of investing in multipurpose furniture too. We’ll also keep in mind to remove unnecessary furniture.