Make Your Living Room Stand Out!
Is your living room feeling a bit drab lately? When you walk into it, do you wish there were more of a “wow” factor to it? Many of us choose conservative pieces of furniture, in neutral colors because we want something that we won’t get sick of, or that will stand the test of time (will that bright red couch still be in style in a couple years?). After so many conservative choices, our living room can end up looking, well, boring.
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You might be feeling a bit underwhelmed when looking at your living room, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money with an all-out redesign. Even if you don’t have the funds for a complete overhaul, there are smaller, more affordable changes and upgrades you can make. Whether you want to spend just a few dollars and be more moderate in your changes, or if you are wanting to go a bit more aggressive and make changes that will really stand out, there are definitely changes you can make to your living room that will give it that new level excitement and visual appeal that it’s been needing!
Here are a few things to try, from cautious to adventurous:
Throw pillows. Throw pillows are one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to add a new feel or more excitement to your living room. You can either buy them (look for them on sale!), or you can make them for even cheaper.
Couch covers. If you weren’t ready to completely commit to a lime-green couch, but you wouldn’t mind trying it for just a while, why not try couch covers? Again, these can be purchased for pretty cheap, or if you know how to sew you can make them yourself.
Exciting rug. If your whole living room is done in all black and white, why not try a bright blue rug? Or if your walls are neutral and you have a green couch, how about a bold printed rug?
Paint your coffee table. If you have an old coffee table that is getting a bit beat-up, you could paint that a bright color. Or, purchase one from your local thrift store and paint that. What a great way to add an exciting pop of color to the room!
New lamps. New lamps are another easy and inexpensive way to add a new feel, excitement, or a pop of color to your living room. Try chrome lamps in a cool geometric shape to make your room more modern, some large wrought iron lamps to make it more classy, or lamps with bright lamp shades for more color.
New paint. If you want to go more extreme, you can always repaint your living room. Paint is much easier to swap out than you might think. Of course it isn’t as simple as, say, a new lamp shade, but if you are really ready for a change it’s amazing what a different a new coat of paint can make!
Plasma TV. If you’re still living with a traditional box TV, and you have a bit of extra money to spend, try upgrading to a plasma TV. Plasma televisions make your space look so much more sleek and put together than a box TV.
Projector. If you already have a plasma TV but want to make even more of an impact, you can really elevate the room and impress your neighbors with a projector and some projector screen paint. Projectors add so much more of a “wow-factor” to your living room. And home theater screen paint isn’t as bulky as a large pull-down projector screen (and it is much more durable), so it is a much better option for a living room. And, there are many cost-effective options for projectors nowadays, you can even find one for less than you would spend on a new TV!