Photo Gallery: Budget Living Room Decorating Tips
Affordable ideas for a fresh look.
A stand-alone electric fireplace can serve as a strong focal point with the help of a faux chimney breast. Build a frame using two-by-fours and nail white-painted faux brick panelling to the board frame. Face the side edges of the boards with painted 4″ MDF planks and apply base caps to the corners for a polished finish. Place the chimney breast on the wall with the fireplace and mantel flush against it — voila!
When decorating a new living room, this homeowner used all their own old furniture and simply had it recovered. An easy-clean vinyl on the chairs is kid-friendly and cost-effective.
“I love the way a cluster of store-bought medallions injects a plain-Jane wall with so much texture and old world detail,” says H&H editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma. Made of light fiberglass, the ceiling medallions (available at your local hardware store) can be hung using picture-hanging strips. Paint a mix of styles in graduating shades of the same colour for an effect like this.
Watch a video on how to make these medallions.
“This idea from designer Summer Thornton is a great example of an easy way to give a space architectural interest, colour and pattern all in one go, while keeping the project budget manageable,” says Apartment Therapy‘s managing editor, Janel Laban. “She simply framed out a wallpapered section of the wall with painted moulding for maximum impact and minimum cost.”
Or try these DIY Wallpaper Panels for a less permanent display.
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This room proves that affordable, vintage finds can add sophistication to any space. The chair was found in an antique shop with tattered, outdated pink upholstery. Stripping the stain from the wood frame and retufting and reupholstering it in neutral linen gave it a classy, Barbara Barry effect. The collection of frames are from various thrift stores and even the garbage. A few coats of matte white spray paint made them like new for a cohesive art wall. A round pedestal table found at Value Village was also transformed with two coats of black paint to become a new side table. The teal throw and patterned toss cushions add personality to an affordable white sofa from Ikea.
Spray-paint a set of lamps glossy red and reupholster vintage chairs. The carved, faux-wood mirror exudes mid-century style thanks to a coat of Valspar Signature Colour Series, Martha Stewart Colours Open Sky (MS-283).