Do you want to let your inner designer loose but are worried about the financial costs? Well you can breathe a sigh of relief, because there are stylish and affordable ways to reinvent any room in the home.
All you need is a little bit of imagination and a DIY attitude and you can transform any space without breaking the bank. To prove it to you, we’re going to zoom in on the living room. Here are our top tips for refreshing the most used room in the home while sticking to a budget.
1. A Little Bit of Trimming Goes a Long Way
You don’t need to overhaul your entire room to get the brand new look that you desire. In fact, a few small changes around the edges might be all you need.
Some wooden trims in your living room can transform an otherwise blank space into a visual masterpiece. Not only do trims have all the benefits of wood – making your living room timeless and warm – they also have a range of other benefits.
Wooden trims literally frame your room, taking advantage of vertical and horizontal lines to create strong and defined shapes. Trimming is great for your doorways, your window sills, redefining individual elements and the wider décor.
2. Choose a Floor to Match
If you like the look of wooden trimming you’ll love our next solution. Wood floors – whether they’re bamboo or timber – are deep and earthy, bringing a touch of elegance to any room. You can get timber and bamboo flooring at wholesale prices and even install them yourself – saving on your major costs.
Wooden flooring can create the look you desire, and the long planking of the boards can evoke a sense of spaciousness in even the smallest of lounge rooms.
3. Maybe Laminate is the Way to Go
Staying on your floors for the moment, maybe you want that wooden look for even less. Well that’s where laminate comes in. Laminate flooring is versatile, convenient and easy to install. It can replicate the look of your favourite wooden designs, with the oak series providing a natural appearance at a lower price. Have a look at this DIYers before and after to see the difference laminate flooring can make.
4. It’s Not Just Another Wall
Moving away from the floor, let’s address the other major surface in any living room. Your walls will be one of the first things to draw the eye of guests and neighbours, so give them something great to look at.
Feature walls are an affordable and effective way to make the most of an empty space. They can complement other design pieces to help them stand out, create patterns and textures in your space, or even become a work of art themselves.
5. Why Not Try Wallpaper?
Sticking with the theme, if you don’t want to make them the feature, you can still make your walls look great. Wallpaper is an easy to apply work of art that gives people something to look at other than just a solid colour. The following two examples show off wallpapers at their best. While one is bold in its patterns and design, the other is subtle yet effective, but both of them really define the room.
6. Don’t Forget to Accessorise
Perhaps the most forgotten element in reinventing rooms on a budget is remembering to add accessories. From wall art to decorative moulding, adding these extra elements can really perfect your interior design look.
Those are our 6 tips for creating a living room on a budget. What are yours? Share your ideas in the comments section and keep creating great living rooms.