Updating the look of your living room doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, this is one room where you can achieve a real feel of elegance and style without spending through the nose. A blank canvas with a few luxury touches allows you to create a room that stands apart from the crowd, providing a show-home feel for just a small amount of money.
1. Start simply
While you don’t have to spend a great deal on the basics such as paper and paint, you should understand that a luxury room is built from the ground up, rather than by adding extras into the mix which can cause a home to look cluttered. Start your makeover by stripping your current stylins back to the basics by getting rid of old, worn wallpapers and chaotically patterned carpets. It’s all about fresh neutrals right now and by creating a room that’s stripped right back, it’s easier to visualize the places where you can add a touch of color.
Using a fresh white or ivory paint on your walls makes your room bright and airy. While you are painting the walls this is the ideal time to sand and paint your skirting boards too. You’d be surprised how a freshly glossed skirting board finishes off a luxury room. Once you’ve painted your base color you might choose a feature wall to paper or paint in a vibrant hue. Remember, less is more. A little color and pattern goes a long way; too much and you’re heading into gaudy territory.
3. Use What You’ve Got
Period features are beautiful as part of a living environment and the best thing about them is they don’t cost anything if they’re already there. If you’re lucky enough to have wooden floors consider priming them instead of investing in a carpet. Fire places, beams, exposed brick chimney breasts and ceiling roses are other features you might find within your home that are worth keeping and renovating.
4. Cushions and throw-overs
Quality cushions breathe new life into sofas and chairs in terms of style and comfort. You can use large cushions as a continuation of the room’s color palette or to update furniture with a scatterback effect. Placing toning cushions in a variety of sizes on a sofa transforms a boring piece of furniture into a work of art. Throw-overs are another great idea for updating your living room furniture. They are available in a huge range of colors – from pastel patchwork to vibrant block tones – which look fantastic and provide the ultimate in comfort on a cold winter’s night.
Living rooms are notorious as a breeding ground for clutter including newspapers, children’s toys and the general bits and bobs of everyday life. The most successfully arranged living rooms have surreptitiously placed storage solutions such as baskets, drawers and boxes to provide a home for these items. This allows you to benefit from a tidier living environment.
If your living room is getting you down right now, it needn’t cost a fortune to update. With a coat of paint, cushions and covers you’ll be well on your way to a fresh new room.
This article was written by Emily Peel, a cushions and soft furnishings lover!