Living room update – modern furniture & decor

Does your living room look like it came straight out of the seventies, or just have a worn-out look? If your living room is old and tired but there is little money to spend, don’t despair! There are lots of things you can do to spruce up the room and make it look new again without busting your budget. This article details many easy changes you can make to bring your living room back to life again.

Freshen up the walls

The easiest thing you can do to update the look of your living room is to change the walls. You may have the basic white or cream colored walls right now, or you may even have old paneling. Today, faux finishes add texture to the room, and the look is easily accomplished. To create beautiful walls, first paint them with the basic color you have chosen for the room. This can be a sand shade, soft blue, terracotta or any shade that you choose. Once complete, add the faux finish by using rubber stamps, a feather duster or a rag rolling technique. You can find instructions for completing nearly any faux finish online.

Revive your furniture

Is your furniture tired and worn out? As long as it is still structurally sound, there are a few things you can do to make it look new again. If your sofa and love seat have wood arms or other accents, you can either refinish them or give them a coat of paint. You may attempt to clean the fabric yourself if you like, or use slipcovers to give your furniture an entirely new appearance. Unlike the slipcovers of years ago, today you can find slipcovers that fit well and don’t look as though you have thrown a sheet over the sofa. Consider adding a few plush throw pillows that are boldly colored in any design that suits your decorating style. Stripes, checks, floral and geometric patterns all work as long as you choose colors that complement the room.

Find some old treasures

Many people don’t realize the great decorating sources they have right under their nose! Look in your basement or attic at things you have put away long ago. Old lamps, an antique trunk, accent tables and other things you find can often be renewed by giving them a fresh coat of paint or a new lamp shade. You may not realize it, but many paper lamp shades can be painted. If you have old lamps with a ceramic base, paint them and perform a little stenciling magic!

To further transform your living room, take out some old accents and accessories if you have a great deal of them. Too many accessories make a room look cluttered and messy. Use only a few boldly colored accents to add a splash of interest to the living room. As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” How true this is! You can find tons of great bargains at garage sales and flea markets. Just use your creative ideas to give them a new look. Take an old wooden accent table and give it a fresh coat of paint and you have an interesting new piece for your living room. Decorating on a tight budget is much easier if you just throw a little creativity and imagination into the mix.