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6 Living Area Updates for Under P1000

Spruce up the look of your living room with our budget-friendly tips

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

The living room is usually the first area that family and friends see when you open the front door. It is also the space that welcomes you home at the end of a long day. It is the spot where you can change into slippers, put your bag down, and sink into a comfortable chair. 

However, since we see this all-important room too often, we have a tendency to neglect it and take it for granted! We do not exert as much effort as we should in creating the best living area possible.

If you would like to change all that by improving the look and maximizing the use of your living room, check out these affordable decorating ideas.

Use furniture and decor from other rooms

You should start by rearranging your furniture and decor. You might be surprised at how a different layout could change your living room's look and feel.

You should also try using furniture and decor from your attic, garage, and other rooms in your home. Maybe you can find an accent chair, side table, or floor lamp that would look better in the area.

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Pick strange and unexpected pieces

You should also look for pieces that you wouldn't usually use in the living room! You can even use an antique filing cabinet, an old secretary table, or an old garden chair.

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Recycle old prints and gift wrappers

Do you have a lot of damaged books and magazines that you can no longer use? Instead of throwing these reading materials out, maybe you can look for beautiful prints for your living room. Cut these prints out and place them in beautiful frames! 

RL Tip: Remove the standard matting (the plain border inside your picture frames) and replace it with printed gift wrappers!

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Use a throw and don't choose matching pillows

There are also botanical prints in this particular living room! Apart from these interesting framed pieces, we also love the light-colored throw and the different pillows on the sofa.

You can easily update your own couch by draping a thick, chunky fabric on one side and pairing it with mismatched pillows.

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Hang up interesting lamps or DIY ceiling accents

Another way to instantly spruce up your living area is to hang unique, oversized lamps or lanterns. If you do not have any, you can check out garage sales or thrift shops.

You can also consider making your own ceiling accents like paper flowers, paper cranes, and buntings or banderitas. These DIY projects can help you create a fun, festive, and playful feel at home.

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Mix and match accessories

This is an essential step for homeowners living in brand new homes and even rented spaces! Since your living area is bare and empty, you have to personalize it with decor that you love.

You can try displaying your collections or highlighting things that have sentimental value. Don't be afraid to use different types of pieces.

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