Staycationing? Update Your Living Room on the Cheap
Breath new life into your living room with these budget-friendly update ideas.
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:
Statement Fireplace Surround With Marble Tile Foundation and White Circular Tile Frame Under Dark Wood Mantle
Small white circular tiles create texture and accent the neutral surroundings. The off center frame gives a contemporary and artistic look. Large, neutral marble tile makes an inside frame around the fireplace and continues out onto the step. A dark mantel top adds a rich contrast to the bright and neutral tones.
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Or hit yard sales or unfinished wood stores for a matching pair of bookcases to fake the look of built-ins:
Contemporary Living Room With White Bookcase, Sofa
A pattern accent wall adds visual interest to this contemporary living room. The white sofa pairs well with the white bookcase.
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.