Tips & Tricks: Decorating Your Family Room on a Budget Featured Image

Looking to transform your family room without straining your budget? Don't reach for your credit cards or deplete your savings just yet. Discover some exciting and wallet-friendly ideas to revamp your space without breaking the bank.

Become an Upholstery Expert

Do you have an old couch that is still in good condition but has some stains and flaws in the upholstery? Replacing that couch can cost hundreds or thousands, and hiring an upholster to change the fabric can cost quite a bit too. There are a number of websites and video tutorials that teach you the basics of upholstery and lets you restore those pieces on your own, which can help you save a lot of money.

Create a Focal Point

An easy way to renovate your family room is with a new piece of artwork. Take one of those old paintings you have tucked away in the basement or a piece you found at a yard sale. Hang that piece on one wall in your family room, and arrange the furniture so that each piece faces that wall.

If your family cannot survive without a television, you might use your TV as a focal point.

Use Similar Colours

A new coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update your home. Instead of using plain old white or another neutral colour, try using a combination of similar colours. A jade green wall combined with a lighter shade of green on the baseboards can make a big impression. To pull things together even more, consider painting some of the wood furniture in the room in similar shades.

Shop the Thrifts

Why waste money on new furniture and decorations for your family room? You can easily find some great items at your local thrift stores. Instead of spending $1,000 on a new couch, you can often find couches for well under $200. Thrift stores are an excellent source for organizational products too. Adding a new coat of paint to an old bookshelf turns it into the perfect place for storing boards games for the kids, DVDs that your family watches often and books that you love. You may even find storage benches that function as seating and have space to store things inside.

Reuse Old Furniture

Turn an eclectic mix of furniture into a statement making room in your house. It doesn't take long to stain or paint old pieces of furniture. You can visit any home improvement store and find products designed to strip the old finish off the wood. As long as you work in an area with ventilation and wear protective gear, you can safely clean the wood before adding a new coat of stain or paint. Try using a few pieces in neutral colours and adding a few bright pops of colour.

Make Use of Existing Features

A concrete floor tends to look cold and unwelcoming, but you can transform the look of that floor in seconds. Carpet tiles are a great and affordable option. These tiles have a backing that peels away to reveal an adhesive that sticks right to the floor. You can even use carpet tiles on top of a tiled floor or a hardwood floor.

Another idea is to paint your concrete floors. Talk to your home improvement specialist to find out what the best choice for your home is.

Reach for Wallpaper

Wallpaper is now so easy to install that anyone can do it without any professional help. Instead of applying wallpaper paste, you can simply peel off the backing and stick the paper right to the wall. This feature comes in handy when you want to change or update the look of the room later.

Add New Lighting

Give your living room a fresh update with some new lighting. A spotlight lets you highlight a piece of art or a collection of family pictures hanging on the wall, while a chandelier can add an elegant touch to the room.

One more trick we'd like to mention. Home improvement stores and furniture stores often have either a large clearance or scratch-and-dent section. You can find low prices on a lot of great items you could use for your family room.

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