Whether you’re settling into your new home or searching for how to increase home value before a sale, elevating the look of your living room can do wonders for your home. Trying to redesign on a limited budget can be a challenge, but luckily, there are a few cheap hacks you can use to recreate your living room for a reasonable price.
Here are a few key tweaks you can make to elevate the flow and overall feel of your living room.
Pull the Plug on Your Wires
One way you can make everything look clean and tidy is to remove the cluttered mess of wires surrounding your entertainment system. While there are plenty of ways you can organize your wires and go through the trouble of trying to hide them, there is a modern solution called Wireless HD.
There are a few brands that offer wireless HDMI transmission for under $100, and it’s a great way to minimalize your home entertainment system and give your TV that modern, floating on the wall appearance. If tech isn’t your thing, CNET does a great job at recommending products and explaining the convenience and benefits of Wireless HDMI.
Add Crown Molding
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to make a room pop is to add crown molding. Not only will your living room look more complete and elegant, but it can also be done on nearly any budget without breaking the bank.
This is a great place to start because it can literally transform a room and it’s best to start with the smaller (and cheaper) details before investing in large paintings or new furniture. If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, search for deals that will get you the widest trim, as this look tends to have the most impact.
A nice credenza or ottoman can make a huge difference in a room, as can any large piece of furniture. Unfortunately, designer pieces can cost a fortune, and cheap furniture tends to expose its flaws after only a couple of months of use.
If you want to add a nice piece of furniture to your living room on a budget, shopping at secondhand stores, or even estate sales, is an excellent way to liven up your home and save big. If you find something really nice, like a couch that just needs a little love, you can also invest some money in having it reupholstered.
Add More Life
While you can’t necessarily control home much natural sunlight floods into your living room, you should maximize it as much as possible. Beyond letting the sun’s rays shine through, adding some living plants to your living room can both greatly improve the appearance and the overall energy in your home.
Plants are also great for your overall health, as they not only freshen up the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, they also eliminate harmful toxins. An extensive NASA study featured in NBC News found that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxin in 24 hours! There are plenty of plants you can find that also thrive in low-lit environments, and don’t cost much, either.
Feel the Flow
A simple and extremely cost-effective method you can use to take your living room to the next level is to simply work with what you have and improve the flow of the room. If you have to avoid certain pieces of furniture to get from the kitchen to the living room, or if there’s an awkward light switch that’s too far away, shifting or even removing pieces of furniture can be a cheap and easy way to maximize the comfort of both you and your guests. Making a room easy to move around in will reduce stress and give you the chance to keep your home tidy at all times, too.
Although there are many home staging experts that can help maximize a living room’s efficiency and the overall feng shui of your home, these experts tend to be well over a standard or reasonable budget. Luckily, there are a number of affordable ways you can change up the overall feel of your living room and home and, hopefully, this short list has inspired you to take a second look at what vibe your living room is giving off.
Remember, before making any large investments, play with what you have and look for the smaller fixes that can have a big impact on appearance and ease of movement. Making small tweaks and little additions should always come first. When it comes time to replace the couch or TV, you’ll know exactly what you need to complete the new elevated look of your living room.