So you’ve finally found the perfect home for you to move into and you’re completely in love. You want to decorate lavishly and can’t wait to express yourself through the décor in every room. But wait, you just spent a pretty dime on the house itself and you’re, as the saying goes, quite broke. There’s no way you can afford to make the whole place look as amazing as you want it.
The first room you should properly decorate is the living room. First of all it’s the room where you will gather at the end of the day to wind down and relax, and second of all, if your friends and family come over to check out your new place, you will most likely be entertaining in the living room. There are a number of ways in which you can approach this dilemma, and here at CENTURY 21 we have just the tips for you.
Surround yourself with the people you love
This one is self-explanatory. Nothing gives a room a warmer feeling than photos of you with your friends and family. After all, smiles are the best form of décor in any aesthetic and decorating your living room with memories of good times is the best way to ensure your guests feel at home when they visit, while you feel at your best when relaxing surrounded by pictures of your happy times.
Make the most of what you have
Use the space you have efficiently so that you may create the best living area. Read up on feng shui to learn how you should place your furniture for the best effect, while also choosing pieces which coordinate but don’t match exactly in order to maximise the flow of the room. Vary the shapes of pillows, ottomans, and poufs and coordinate colours for the brightest and most relaxing vibes.
Another way in which you can use colour to your benefit is by painting one of the walls in the room a different colour to create a feature wall. This will act as a decoration in itself, while also giving the room a different dimension. On the other hand, you can also add accents and pops of colour by working with different textures and patterns on the throws and cushions you place on your sofa and armchairs. These will help make the room feel homely and lived-in.
Layers are your friends
A very simple way in which to transform a room and make it look more expensive while in reality not spending too much is by layering light from different floor lamps and table lamps. These brighten up the space and add ambiance to the room.
Another way to make your living room feel warm and comfortable is by covering the floor with a carpet, or if you don’t want to commit yourself so fully, opt for rugs which are easier to remove and change as the seasons progress.
Second hand does not mean second best
Check out car boot sales, flea markets, and even online, for people selling things which they no longer need. It’s not as rare as you might think to find good quality bargains and if you’re really lucky you get what you want for a fraction of the price.