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6 improvements to your living room on a budget

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

As the name suggests, we spend a lot of time in our living rooms. It's where we relax. And lie shamelessly on our sofas, binge watching our favourite TV programs. The living room is where ‘life’ happens. So we all want it to look and feel like a nice place to spend a lot of time in.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it look like you’ve spent a lot of money if you catch my drift. There are many affordable tweaks and ideas that you can do to improve your living space.

Rearrange your space

Before you buy anything, spend some time rearranging what you already have. For many of us, our living rooms follow the same pattern. TV as the main focal point, rug in the middle, and sofas against the wall.

Try mixing this up a bit. Make a piece of art the focal point, pull the sofas away from the wall, and change the space in the middle. Decluttering and clearing out some furniture can make a living room feel larger.

Bespoke Storage

Storage may not seem like the most exciting thing to consider. But, containing your clutter and efficiently using the space can transform a room. If you have alcoves on either side of a chimney turning one into free hanging shelves adds extra storage and a display area to the room.

You can also regularly switch out what you have in them to create a new focus in your living room.

If you have a small living room having a coffee table that doubles as storage space is an easy way to keep your clutter contained.

Look at what you already have

Take a look around your house before you go buying extra things. You may have a piece of furniture, a lamp, or some paintings elsewhere that could give your living room a boost. Don’t be afraid of a little DIY If you have a piece you like but it doesn’t quite fit.

Paint, wallpaper, or a gallery wall?

Painting is one of the easiest DIY ideas. There are loads of good-quality well priced paint out there. To save time and money you can have one feature wall that adds some colour to your room. You can paint it or use wallpaper or even turn it into a gallery wall with lots of photos and art.

Gallery walls are a great way to fill in a blank wall and give it some personality. You can buy photo frames very cheaply or you can use a sight like DESENIO to help you design your galley wall.

If you have wooden floors you could sand and re-oil them or perhaps even paint them a different colour.

Cushions and Blankets

A few new cushions or new cushion covers could help your living room to feel refreshed. So could adding a blanket or new upholstery to a tired looking sofa.

Add some greenery

And lastly, add some plants. Plants are an easy way to add life to your living room. They come in all shapes, colours, and sizes and you can get some really inexpensive ones now too. There are also many plants that are easy to look after like a spider plant or a cactus. Or if you need extra help you can always look at real homes how to care for houseplants article.


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