Although your kitchen and the bathroom are always the priority when it comes to renovation, home builders and decorators consider the living room as the first place to look at when their home needs a refurbish. Since the living room is the first thing that your guests see, it should show your personal taste.
You might ask, how can I transform my living room into a luxurious one with just a canned-beer budget? Before we give you some tips to come up with, given with a limited budget, there are a few things that you should ask yourself first. What do you want to achieve with the whole look? How much room do you have to work with? How will you use the space? What pieces would you like to replace and the ones you want to keep?
After answering that, you can now consider these key ideas for giving your living room a touch of luxe and a timeless image.
#1. Wow factor using a large-scale art
A luxurious home should have a focal point on one of its living room walls. You can add that wow factor by hanging an oversize piece of art. You don’t really need to buy an expensive artwork. Go to flea markets and thrift stores for large pieces at affordable prices or if you like DIYs, then you can make your own if you’re decorating on a budget. This is a smart idea that has a high impact with little trouble.
#2. Avoid cluttered and over accessorized living room
The key to a successful luxurious room is to simplify the styling. How? Keep all areas uncluttered and organized. Avoid your room from looking messy and disorganized. You want to keep it chic and sophisticated. Remove some decors from your collection that you think just adds up to the excess and just keep the pieces that have sentimental value to you. Over accessorizing your space will not allow some remaining elements to stand out. Plus, a simplified space will help you save costs!
#3. Camouflage your television
A sophisticated luxury living room would not be complete if it doesn’t have a huge black television placed front and center. What modern homes do nowadays is by tricking their guests into thinking that the television disappears and blends with other elements on the wall. However, if fancy mirrors that conceal the TV aren’t in your budget, you can visibly reduce the presence of your screen by creating a gallery wall or salon-style art arrangement around it. This won’t completely make it disappear but just create an illusion that the frame of the television blends in with the other artwork and divert the eye. A few thrifty finds can work well with your budget.
#4. Use unique textiles
You can custom your throw pillow or cover small pieces like seat cushions or upholstered stools with rare vintage antique textiles. You can accentuate the look of your living room by placing an antique Turkish rug on the floor. Most of the time, the unusual fabric you have in your room will bring out a unique element plus, it ramps up that cozy factor.
#5. Add artistic sculptural items
Your living room is not just full of straight lines and circular forms, you can add some interesting shapes or unique silhouette. The unusual pieces of art are the ones that you should opt to and add a wholly artistic component to your budget. You can thrift for tree-root tables or uncommon side chairs that also act as pieces of art in your living room.
#6. Incorporate old pieces
Include a sense of history in your home with some patina and age to it. Either a mirror, a small coffee table, or any accessory will do the trick. Roam around French flea markets and keep an eye out for unique affordable finds to stay on budget.
#7. Play with textures
Don’t be afraid to experiment with layerings, a mix of materials, and textures that can give your room a new breath of fresh air of a custom-designed, luxurious look. Create a dynamic feel with your space by mixing metals, glass, wood, textiles, and leather items. Be patient in finding affordable pieces, because you won’t run out of it. Choose pieces that suit your budget and let your room come together naturally.