Another guest post from the lovely guy that is Peter Minkoff. He’s slowly becoming a resident guest blogger on my site and be sure to check out his last one here. Peter is a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. His next blog post is about that creating the perfect living room space on a budget. Sounds like my kinda blog!
Ready for a high-end decorative change on a low budget? Although it might seem like a complete oxymoron, it is far from an impossible endeavor. To find out how to make your living room unrecognizable with almost no budget at all, check out some of the homeware ideas we have listed in the article below.
Attention to detail
What many are unaware of is that you don’t have to purchase a completely new set of furniture in order to make a drastic change. Au contraire, all you really need is several statement pieces.
Dissatisfied with your old couch, but the new one you saw at IKEA is out of your price range? Walk a couple of isles further and check out the racks with colorful pillowcases and sheets. By adding a bright cover, not only do they completely camouflage your worn-out couch, but also add a bit of warmth to the room. If you feel like these too are a bit pricy, you can always choose to make them yourself and thus ensure you have some unique pieces to show off. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different materials, textures and patterns, as long as you stay within your room’s color scheme. Trust us, new cushion cases, pillow seats and table cloths have a powerful effect and can significantly elevate the design of your living room.
Something old – something new
Have you already purchased some paint only to realize that the professionals are out of your price range? You don’t feel like you’re capable of repainting the entire room yourself? Well don’t think that you’ve wasted valuable funds!
Check out the boxes in your garage to see whether you have a few furniture or decorative pieces worth rejuvenating. Whether you find several old chairs, coffee tables, wardrobes or small candlestick, the process is the same: first, strip the old paint with sand paper and then provide the item with a coat of mineral spirits or denatured alcohol in order to remove traces of the stripper. Then take the color of your choice, pick up a paint brush and give it a fresh look.
Touch of nature
When looking to make a change that will tend to all your senses, opt for a couple of (or even more) flowerpots. Aside from refreshing the overall look of your living room, they also have a purifying effect. Statistics show that indoor air is two times more toxic than the outdoor environment, which has a tremendous influence on people’s health.
One of the plants that was proven to be a purifying, yet inexpensive champion is Garden Mum, which removes ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde from the air. Ficus too can contribute to air cleansing and is perfect due to its low-maintenance quality. In addition to the plants, if you’re looking to live in a 100 percent healthy environment, a smart move would be to invest in an affordable humidifier to increase the moisture level in the room. What makes it so popular in many households is the fact that it plays a huge role in the treatment of many allergies and respiratory diseases.
And then there was light
The struggle of many people worldwide is a lack of space, making their homes feel quite claustrophobic, rather than a place they feel most comfortable in. Since demolishing walls is hardly ever an option, there are steps you can take to make the room look visually bigger and lighter. Take all the drapes down to let in more natural light (and maybe re-use the fabric for those cushion cases and couch covers we have previously mentioned). Furthermore, instead of numerous pictures, add mirrors to the walls since they reflect light and deepen the space. Finally, get rid of all the gigantic furniture that doesn’t really fulfill any purpose and voilà – you have given yourself some free room to breathe.
Do you feel like you’re up for a challenge? Do you dare redecorate your living room, even without big bucks in your wallet? Test some of our ideas, let your imagination go wild and you might just get inspired and come up with a couple yourself!
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