Undoubtedly one of the most used rooms of the home; the Living Room, should be a place you can go to retreat from a hard days work and relax. It serves a vital function in any home. The Living Room is just as important as the Kitchen or Bedroom – if not more so, in some cases.

Decorating your Living Room or regularly updating it can quickly burn a hole through your purse. It’s not always an inexpensive redecoration!

In this post, I explore some of the ways you can update your Living Room for less.

Let’s take a look!

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Changing the Layout

If you’re looking to have massive visual impact with your updates, start by changing your layout. Are there any alternative layouts you can have a play with?

Instead of keeping all the furniture around the edges of the room or pushed up against a wall, bring it into the centre around a shabby chic coffee table. This arrangement helps to improve the overall look and feel of your living room while making it appear more stylish at the same time.

Use your coffee table as the anchor point for the room. Place it on top of a stylish rug and then surround your seating. If your existing furniture is too large, consider looking for slimmer and more minimalistic seating options.

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Window Treatments

Once you have the furniture arranged how you like, the next thing to consider is your window dressing.

Improving the overall appearance of your living space is easy once the principles of drapes have been applied.

Longer curtains help to create an elegant look to your space and can immediately make it feel more lifted. These also provide more privacy, allowing you to unwind in peace.

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Using wallpaper has recently gone out of style, with the increase in minimal / concrete inspired interiors. However, covering your living room wall with wallpaper can be an extremely effective way of updating your Living Room. Perhaps wallpapering just one wall for a small room is all it needs, plus this is less expensive than covering the whole room.

If you want to complete transform your lounge, using wallpaper for one main feature wall with the rest painted in a matching base colour could be the way to go. If the dominant wallpaper is grey, then the grey tone on the remaining walls will match.

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Vintage Treasures

Adding vintage furniture is a great way to lift your living room at low cost immediately. All you need to do it get it out of the attic, brush it down, clean away the cobwebs and possibly spend a little time restoring it if it is made of wood. Consider painting wooden antiques to create accent pieces of furniture.

Strategically placing vintage furniture around your living room can help to give it a more homely feel. Chests of drawers made of solid oak or even mantelpiece surrounds can all change the character of your lounge immediately. 

I hope this post has given you an insight into the cost effective ways of updating your Living Room! What ideas have you got for your living room? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Jessica xo