Staycationing? Update Your Living Room on the Cheap
If money woes has you vacationing at home this summer, now's a great time to tackle some of the updates you've been putting off. Let’s start in the living room — after all, it’s where you gather with family and friends and often the first room people see when entering your home. To get you started, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite living room updates that will add a lot of style for just a little cash.
With some lumber and trim, you could update your fireplace surround:
Or hit yard sales or unfinished wood stores for a matching pair of bookcases to fake the look of built-ins:
Add some style underfoot with a graphic rug:
Neutral Contemporary Living Room With Blue Sofa and Chaise and Graphic Rug
Make a big statement for a relatively small chunk of change with a graphic rug. A rug can also ground your furniture arrangement and give the living room a more finished look. This gray and white graphic rug compliments the dark blue sofa and light blue chaise. A neutral chair and natural wood coffee table create a calm look to finish off this contemporary space.
Clear the clutter and creatively style your bookshelves:
Turn dollar store hula hoops into a funky chandelier:
Give new life to an old bench by turning it into two side tables:
Or give the room a whole new vibe by painting the floors:
Painted Wood Floor in White, Cottage Bedroom
Floors are often forgotten as a place to experiment with a paintbrush. Designer Sarah Richardson doesn't let these knotty pine hardwood floors remain bare. Adding to the home's nautical cottage look, Sarah paints thick, alternating stripes of blue along the floors. A layer of floor sealant creates a flawless, glossy look for extra appeal.