Do you want to refresh your living room but you don’t have the cash for a full living room remodel?
A living room renovation doesn’t mean that you have to tear down the walls and hire expensive contractors. While you may not be able to make significant changes on a budget, you can still make your living room feel more like home without breaking the bank.
Decorating living rooms is a lot of fun, and there are plenty of ways for you to switch things up with a few trips to the hardware store and a can-do attitude. Keep reading for our tips for making your living room remodel budget go further!
Plan It Out
The first step toward any living room renovation project is planning. Even though this is going to be a DIY project, you still want to plan out your budget and how you want your room to end up.
It’s a good idea to start with an inspiration board where you can put colors that you like, any furniture ideas, and an overall “vibe” that you’re going for in your space.
Set the max amount of money that you’re willing to spend on your project and try to break it down into sections. How much will you spend on paint? What about new furniture and decorations?
Once you have a steady plan, you’re ready to create a cohesive room.
Start With Paint
Paint makes a big difference for a relatively low price.
There are a few ways that you can do this. The first is to repaint the entire room in one color. Once you own your house, don’t be afraid to choose a color that you like rather than one that you think will be appealing to other people.
If you plan on selling, consider wall colors that are attractive to potential buyers. Try to pick a color that you can coordinate with your furniture.
You could also do a statement wall. For this, you’ll have 3 of your walls painted with one color, while the fourth has a different color. It can complement the other walls or stand out entirely.
Some people like to do fun designs on their statement walls. You could also use wallpaper if you want something interesting and unique without having to spend a lot of time painting. Peel-and-stick wallpapers make it easier than ever.
With paint, make sure that you swatch colors and see how they look in different light conditions before you commit.
Flooring: A Huge Change
Changing the floor will change your entire room. Whether you want a new living room carpet or you’re making a change to hardwood, you’ll have a whole new room.
If you’re changing the floors, it’s a good idea to make sure you know what they’re going to look like before you paint.
Flooring is expensive, so make a lot of room for it in your budget. If you choose hardwood floors, this is also a great time to invest in a good area rug. It’s a great way to break up your living room.
Change Up Furniture
Are you bored with your old furniture?
If you can afford it, consider taking this opportunity to buy new pieces. You deserve to replace your lumpy old couch and faded chairs.
If not, you have options. First, consider covering, painting, or reupholstering your pre-existing furniture. You can breathe new life into an old couch or chair with a store-bought cover.
It’s also easy to reupholster old stools!
If you want new pieces without new prices, check local buy and sell pages and thrift stores. You can find furniture that might be perfect as-is or with a quick coat of paint. Get creative!
This is also the perfect time to rearrange your furniture. If you’re like many people, your television has always been in the same part of the room. Your couches and chairs have never changed places.
Move them around and you’ll be shocked at the difference.
Decorate the Walls
Speaking of getting creative, add some flair to your walls.
While we already mentioned adding cool patterns with a statement wall, you can also take this time to add a gallery wall. Gallery walls are a great way to add some personalized flair to your living room.
First, gather your decorations. You can use personal art, art prints, photos, and even shadowboxes. If you have certificates, like diplomas, those also make a great addition.
Try to get cohesive frames. You can use ones that you already own, or you can make your way back to the thrift store. Buy some paint to make the frames match and try to get a variety of shapes and sizes.
While you won’t be adding new walls to your living room, you can still divide up your space.
There are several ways to do this. You can build or buy your own physical dividers that you can move around as needed. These come in many varieties to match any style.
An easier option is to add curtains, though people with small living rooms might struggle with this. You can use sheer curtains to block off areas and then pull them aside when you want to make adjustments.
Do a Great Living Room Remodel on a Budget
You don’t need a lot of money or time to do a living room remodel. With great planning, a few cans of paint, and some creativity, you can have a living room that truly feels like it belongs to you.
Mix and match these ideas and you’ll have a whole new space!
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