How to Upgrade Your New Living Room Space on a Budget


When it comes to redesigning the home, most homeowners will want to start with the living room. This is one of the most utilized areas in the house serving as a lounge area for members of the household, an entertainment area for guests, and a play area for kids. It’s no wonder then why we often spend thousands of dollars trying to beautify this area.

If you’ve been meaning to do the same for yours but don’t want to spend a lot, here are smart tips to help you upgrade your living room on a budget.

1. Repaint the walls

Repainting your walls can make a drastic difference in how your living room looks. But, be careful in choosing a color. Evaluate your current space first and see what hues will work best with your decor. You’ll want to compare it with today’s popular colors for interior design as trends are always changing.

It can be a huge commitment to change the color of your walls so don’t hesitate to ask for paint swatches at the hardware store. Maybe even try on colors on a patch of your living room wall so you get a good idea of how it will look like.

2. Replace your old sofa

Your sofa is one of the biggest items in the living room, and it could very well be affecting the appearance of the whole place. If it’s looking old and worn out, it’s time to replace it with a new one. Consider getting a sectional sofa for the whole family as not only is it multipurpose, it also saves you a lot of space. Sectionals can be taken apart with one portion that can be used as a footrest, a table, or even a floating seat for extra guests.

3. Add a large mirror

In the age of social media, who doesn’t want an opportunity to get a selfie in front of a giant mirror? Vanity aside, a large mirror is another great way to upgrade your living room as it creates the illusion of a bigger space. If placed correctly, it can reflect light from the outside bringing more natural light in this area. 

Don’t just get a plain mirror. Since it will be placed in your living room, you’ll want something stylish. There are ones that come with ornate and whimsical frames. If you want the space to look more streamlined, a mirror with simple lines will also do. 

4. Bring in a statement rug

The right sized rug can elevate the feel of your space, making all the furniture look pulled in together. But you don’t want to just get the right size, you want one that will make a statement. There are plenty of patterns and designs you can find in the market from geometric patterns to abstract shapes. Take your time in choosing one here since this will greatly affect how the space looks. 

If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, start by looking at your current decor. The rug can be a supporting element to your already existing decor. Next, you’ll want to think of color. Pops of color are encouraged as this can really freshen up your space, giving it a new feel. Like paint, color trends come and go so do your research on the hottest shades of the moment.

5. Rearrange your furniture

Instead of buying new decor, you may just need to rearrange your existing furniture to upgrade the room’s look. It’s no easy task to move heavy furniture around so consider using a room layout apps that allow you to play with the arrangement of your furniture virtually. The goal is to create more space and allow for easy navigation. You’ll love being in your living room more when you’re able to do this. 

What area of your living room needs changing the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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