How to Give Your Living Room a Facelift Without Spending a Fortune

Is your living room outdated and in need of a redo? Do you long for a new look for your living room furniture but you can't afford to replace your old furnishings? If so, you should consider giving your living room a mini makeover. Small changes can make huge impacts without draining your bank account.

1. Have your furniture reupholstered

There are several advantages to keeping your old furniture and having it reupholstered. If your old living room furniture is comfortable, you can enjoy a new look without sacrificing the comfort you love. And you don't have to fork over the money to have every piece redone. Having just one chair upholstered can change the look of the entire room.

Also, having furniture reupholstered allows you plenty of decorating options. When you purchase new furniture, your color options may be limited, but most furniture upholstery contractors have a wide selection of fabric options to choose from. You can create a look that nobody else has by selecting fabric you love.

2. Change your window treatments

Windows are the eyes to a room. Changing the style of your drapes or curtains can make a big difference for a small amount of effort. If you presently have dark drapes, switch them for light sheers to allow plenty of light to filter through the room.

Swap out full-length drapes for just a topper and window blind. Get creative with color. Trade your bright curtains for neutral hues. If your living room lacks color, bold curtains can add the perfect pop of color to bring your room to life. Curtains do not have to kill your budget either. You can typically find inexpensive curtains that look just as good as designer styles at department stores, yard sales, or flea markets.

3. Get the clutter out

Eliminating clutter is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your living room without spending a penny. Take a good look at your living room. Are accent tables cluttered with magazines or papers? Do your walls contain too many pictures or decor items? Too much of anything can be distracting.

Select a few items that have sentimental meaning for you and your family and focus on drawing attention to them. For instance, you may wish to create a focal point wall by using framed family photos. Purchase cheap frames in circle, square, and rectangle shapes to create an appealing contrast for your photo grouping.

De-clutter accent tables by keeping magazines organized in a large basket or magazine rack rather than leaving them on tabletops. Choose one centerpiece for a coffee table, such as a vase of flowers, a tabletop fountain, or use the coffee table to display a large picture book or photo album.

4. Command attention with creative accent pieces

It's amazing how a few throw pillows can change the look of a room. Cover old pillows with purchased pillow covers in unique fabrics. You may want to select fabric and make your own or have a local seamstress make them for you. Quilts and throws can also make a dramatic difference in a room when draped over a chair or sofa.

Plants, real or artificial, can bring a room to life. To save money, you may be able to get some cuttings from friends and family members and start your own plants. If you don't have a green thumb, silk plants look like the real thing and can be purchased at a reasonable price. Watch for seasonable sales, and you can save a substantial amount of money.

With a little time and effort, you can have the new living room you've been dreaming of, without sacrificing the family budget. A few small changes will go a long way in transforming your old living room into one that is fresh and inviting.