4 Low-Cost Ways to Improve Your Living Area

You can do the last idea without spending a single cent!

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Many homeowners, my mother included, would love to explore a new look for the home each time a new year sets in. The reasons behind the desire for a change may vary but it’s safe to believe that all of us want to welcome the year with a fresh take on things. Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to equate to a major renovation project or an extreme makeover! By simply updating your accessories and changing the soft furnishings, you can come home to a cozy space that looks and feels new.

Start with the living area and check out these ideas:

To give your living area a new look, consider painting the walls or installing a pretty wallpaper. "You may consider repainting one wall with a bold accent color or install a beautiful, printed wallpaper for a different look. Make sure to compliment it with an accent throw pillow or same color gradient," interior designer Anla Li-Tan suggests.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

An easy way to liven up your living area would be to change the soft furnishings. Depending on the color of your sofa and the theme of your interiors, you can add pillows with cool colors and interesting prints. A throw would also be a nice addition that can add warmth to the space.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

You've probably heard or read this tip on our website before but adding plants is really an easy way to brighten up a space! You place a vase of fresh flowers on the side table for an extra sweet boost. When choosing plants to add indoors, choose low-maintenance ones such as succlents and cacti.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Rearranging your furniture is a NO-COST way to improve your living area in a snap. Anla suggests that you mix and match the pieces until you've attained the perfect arrangement for your space.

When working on the layout of your furniture, always consider the flow of traffic and how people can move around freely. "Rearrange the furniture layout so that you have a smoother pathway from the front door to the rest of the house. If you have sufficient space, consider pulling the sofa away from the wall and place a console table behind it [where you can] place a table lamp, candleholders, and an arrangement of fresh flowers," interior designer Kimi Manuel shares.

Photo by Marc Jao.

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