Change Your Living Room for the Better

Living-roomSometimes, you just want a change in your surroundings. Of course, you could always pack up and move to a new place, but most of us simply can’t afford that luxury. Instead, most of us will rearrange our furniture, or give the walls a fresh coat of paint. The most creative of us, however, can redecorate our homes to give it a completely different look and feel for very little money. There are lots of ways you can do this without breaking the bank, if you’re resourceful enough to make wise use of your cash and what you have laying around the house.

There are many easy steps and items you can utilize to change the look of your living room. Some of the easiest to change are:

  • Paints or Wallpapers
  • Furniture Covers and Throw Pillows
  • Curtains and Window Treatments
  • Wall and Table Decorations

These simple changes can go far towards your goal of updating your surroundings on a budget.

Dress Up Your Couch

A good place to start with any remodeling project is your couch. The couch is perhaps one of the largest pieces of furniture in your house, and it gets a lot of attention. Such a large, conspicuous piece of furniture can be expensive to replace, but you can change the look of your couch without much effort. A good slipcover, for example, can make drastic changes to the look of your couch.

They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and can easily be made if you have more skill with needle and thread than money. Next up is an assortment of throw pillows. Pillows of various shapes and sizes can be utilized to give your couch a fun little twist, and again can easily be made or picked up cheaply at your favorite bargain house.

Fix Up Those Tables

Your coffee and end tables are another great place to add a little class without going overboard in the money department. There are various coverings you can employ here, or if you want to keep things simple, stripping, staining, or painting them can be a good way to go. Accenting them with vases and knick-knacks can likewise be done for little money, but if you’re looking to add a little class, picking up some crystal pieces or indoor fountains is a great, low cost solution. Books can be another great decorative item, and depending on the books you choose, can help convey a sense of class to your guests.

Hitting the Wall

Another way to completely change the look of your living room is to change out your tired old curtains for some new drapes. As with the couch covers, curtains and drapes come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns to fit any look you’re trying to achieve with very little investment. Blinds, likewise, can do much to change the look of your walls and windows without costing much, and they also come in a plethora of colors and styles.

Paint and wallpaper are another good way for enhancing the look of the room in a cost effective way. Textured paints and papers, bright or subdued color schemes, and creating accent walls will all help you achieve the desired look for minimal investment. While you’re fixing up your walls, don’t forget to get some pictures and mirrors to hang. Adding right picture or mirror will go a long way towards enhancing the look of your walls and will likely become an attractive focal point of the room if chosen correctly.

Of course, the wrong picture or mirror will destroy the look you’re trying to get, so careful consideration when choosing your wall decorations must be used. Wall sconces and shelves are another cheap item to consider and can help round out a room, bringing it from “almost there” to “just right” when used in combination with the right table, furniture, and table treatments.

Getting that new look you desire can is not as hard as you think, and with a little effort and some creative thinking, you can be in the room of your dreams in no time at all.

Polly Godwin is the owner of, a company specializing in indoor waterfalls, outdoor water fountains and more.


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