Creative and Affordable Ideas to Bring your Living Room to Life

Your living room is the room in your house where most of the living takes place.  It’s where your family gathers to watch television, read, and generally unwind and relax after a busy day.  It’s also the room where company gathers during parties and holidays.  Thus making it look good or at least comfortable for everyone is a necessity. However you’re struggling to come up with decorating ideas and strategies for it, and you worry that your budget isn’t big enough to do the job justice.  But with a little planning, creativity, and ingenuity, your living room can be a relaxing environment where you can unwind or entertain with comfort and ease.

Consider pulling pieces you have in other rooms into your living room to use.  A short, double-sided dresser can easily become a buffet when a table runner and an arrangement of candles or a colorful flower centerpiece is placed on top. Blockout blinds can look as posh as those motorized window treatments you see in big mansions. Adding a few things and mixing it together with other accessories at home can bring a different kind of light to your living room.

Use your furniture arrangement to define functional areas. Strategically placed floor rugs, lamps and furniture can create zones in your home. You can arrange your seating to take advantage of a focal point, such as a television, picture window or a fireplace.  You can also find affordable component pieces that combine functional storage with fashionable decorating lines. Tables with drawers and shelves add valuable, and a simple desk doubles for homework, household management, bill paying and filing. Every area in the living room should play a function whether for work or for pleasure.

When accessorizing your room, remember that less is more. Choose neutral colors and accent with colorful textured throws, rugs, and other decorative and artistic elements.  Keep the balance of your room in perspective.  You don’t want to overwhelm a small room with large, bold pieces, nor do you want to place smaller, neutral pieces in a large room where they’ll get lost. Having enough sitting areas, free space where you can move and proper lighting makes a living room functional and relaxing at the same time.

If you’re working with used furniture, try distracting from worn upholstery or a faded finish by using colorful toss pillows or table runners.  Bright curtains can distract from a faded carpet and breathe new life into an old room.

Consider your personal style and the needs of the household when decorating a living room. It should not be magazine worthy but suitable to what your family needs.

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