In family life, time tends to move at the speed of light. We get caught up in the whirl of day to day activities, and before we know it another year has crept past. Perhaps you’ve noticed recently that your home décor is starting to look a little dated, and this could well affect how saleable your house is should you need to move. Not to mention the fact that a modern, well-designed interior is a pleasure to use for everyone and can enhance family time by designing a space that is easy to co-exist in. Giving your living room a facelift doesn’t have to break the bank though. These little tips and tricks will update at little to no cost:
Move Things Around
Have you ever stopped to question the layout of your living room? Perhaps things are positioned just as they always were since you moved in. But you can gain a lot at no cost by rethinking the positioning of your furniture. Perhaps the space used to work for you, but the way in which you and your family use it has changed? If so, take the time to map out a floor plan using some free online software and see if you can make it work better. Think about who uses the space and for what. This will help you to create a more usable area that can bring the family together.
Upcycle Some Furniture
A few new pieces of furniture can make a world of difference to a space, but it can be expensive – so go second-hand shopping to get a bargain. Often you can pick up better made, old-fashioned pieces at auction for a very low cost and transform them with a coat of paint and new handles – you don’t need to be particularly good at DIY to do this, and it can be a satisfying project. A service like Shiply can get you low-cost quotes for shipping on items you like, and it can be a great way to update the room. Who wants identikit flat-pack furniture anyway? Add character with something unique.
Change The Lighting
It’s quite incredible how much of a dramatic difference the right lighting can make to your space, so do a review of the situation. That depressing low-wattage overhead pendant? It’s got to go! Use a mix of task and accent lighting to bring your room to life. Use lamps to brighten up a dark corner or spotlight a feature you want to show off. With the overhead lights, consider a new split installation to add more outlets and use LED bulbs to provide brightness without compromising on power.
Switch Up Your Accessories
Finally, the fun part. You can give a space a different feel without redecorating by introducing some great accessories. The high street has really caught onto the growing trend for loving our homes, and lots of your favourites like H&M and Zara now have homewares departments online and in store. Supermarkets can also be a great place to pick up small decorative objects, cushions and lampshades as they replenish stock often and are quick to pick up on interiors trends, See what you can pick up next time you do the weekly shop!