Decorating and improving the overall aesthetic appeal of your living room can be a fun process, but most people are under the impression that it has to be notoriously expensive. Needless to say, the vast majority of DIY enthusiasts end up giving up due to financial reasons. However, it doesn’t have to go that way, and in fact, it’s quite possible to make your space look luxurious and stylish without spending a fortune. How can it be done, you ask? Follow some of these tips and tricks, and you’ll most likely end up satisfied with your new DIY masterpiece.
Think about art
Most people aren’t aware of the impact of art pieces in a room. For example, a well-positioned collage of pictures will make a wall stand out as the dominant one in the room. On top of that, you can add things like tables of peculiar shape, a lamp that looks like a blooming flower or anything that is not an ordinary piece of a living room.
A good trick to use here is to be a bit of a megalomaniac and put oversized items in the center. This concept is especially effective when it comes to putting pictures on the wall. One massive one usually looks better and more aesthetically appealing than a group of smaller ones. However, it’s also a matter of personal preferences and taste.
Paint your living room and mix up the colors
Most people spend their time in rooms that are usually painted in one color. It’s not a bad thing per se, but it definitely affects the whole experience. Instead of going with just one color, try including at least two or three. It will open up space and make the room much more pleasant to spend time in. On the other hand, make sure you don’t overdo it because there’s a thin line between good taste and a complete disaster. Also, make sure to mix the tones instead of mixing completely different colors. For example, instead of combining blue and green, go with dark blue, baby blue, and white. Once again, it’s a matter of personal preferences, but we strongly recommend against mixing colors that simply don’t match or look good.
One more thing you should consider is putting a themed wallpaper on one wall. There are thousands of different designs available on the market, and most of them are quite affordable. For example, if you feel like a red brick wall would go well with the whole concept, don’t hesitate to get a piece of self-adhesive wallpaper and follow your instinct.
Keep things simple
Contrary to popular belief, having more items in a room doesn’t automatically make it more luxurious. In fact, a cluttered space is usually more of a nuisance than a pleasant experience. That’s why it’s important that you only keep the necessary things on the floor and avoid bumping into something every time you walk through an area.
Bonus points go to things that have a strong sentimental value for you. In other words, instead of having a bunch of boxes and useless things lying around, keep the pieces that will make you feel better when you see them. For example, your grandma’s old jewelry box will have a much bigger impact on your experience than any other commercial piece.
Incorporate unusual shapes
A space in which everything is lined up and square quickly becomes a tedious box of underwhelming experiences. That’s why it’s important that you include objects of unusual shape and break the monotony of your living room.
The important thing here to remember is that you don’t have to incorporate new pieces in order to follow this rule. Instead, you can change the existing things such as the shape of your coffee table, carpet, or even a side chair. Also, the said piece doesn’t have to be functional at all because it should leave an aesthetic and emotional impact instead of being of functional value.
As you can tell, re-doing a living room doesn’t have to have a massive impact on your budget. The key is in little things that don’t seem crucial, but once you tweak and change them, they stand out and improve the overall comfort and level of pleasantness. The whole project should be more of a personal adventure than an investment. If you’re an enthusiast on a budget and are willing to look for some affordable pieces that can change the way you feel every day, don’t hesitate to visit a thrift store or a flea market and look for some good deals. You will be amazed at how impactful a one-day remodeling project can be.