4 Ways To Take Your Living Room From Drab To Fab (On A Budget)




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4 Ways To Create An Affordable Luxurious Living Room

Your living room is the first room you should redecorate when you’re transforming your home into a luxury home. Next to the kitchen, your living room is the most used room in the house. It’s the room where you spend time with your family and entertain your guests.

Here are four ways to take your living room from drab to fab on a budget:

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1. Get your furniture reupholstered

Good furniture isn’t cheap. Cheap furniture tends to break down quickly due to the lack of extra supports in its construction. While it’s not susceptible to being easily broken, good furniture is prone to upholstery wear and tear.

If your furniture is starting to look worn down and drab, rather than buy new furniture, get it reupholstered. It will look new, but it won’t cost you nearly as much as new furniture.

The idea of disposable furniture is relatively new. If you’ve already invested in good furniture, there’s no need to switch it out. If you do, you might accidentally end up with poorly constructed furniture that doesn’t last. By reupholstering your couches and chairs, you can get a customized, fresh look that perfectly matches your décor.

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2. Choose the right set of logs for your gas fireplace

With a gas fireplace, a log isn’t just a log. Since gas fireplace logs are prefabricated and don’t actually burn, you’re going to be looking at the same set of logs as long as you live in your home. Choosing a specific set of logs may not seem like a big deal. However, once you realize how many options there are, your preferences will become apparent.

For example, some log sets show more fire than others. Some logs are lightly colored while others are dark. Some logs look like full rounds, and others look like split wood. Some log sets have three distinct separate flames and others look more realistic.

Choose a set of logs that will make you feel good when you sit in front of the fire. If you end up switching out your logs, sell your old set of logs on eBay or Craigslist to recover the cost.

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3. Replace your curtain rods, brackets, and window coverings

Maybe you’ve already purchased luxury drapes or curtains, but you haven’t quite achieved your desired look. Your curtains might be fantastic, but what about your curtain rod brackets and rings? You’d be surprised to see the difference stylish drapery hardware can make.

Even if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on handmade, hand-painted ornamental drapery hardware, fancy brackets are surprisingly affordable. Decorative brackets and curtain rods are available at most department stores. The trick is to intentionally buy your curtain rods, brackets, and window coverings to match each other, rather than individually. Doing so will have a profound impact on how luxurious your living room looks and feels.

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4. Replace your carpet with hardwood floors

Carpets look great when they’re brand new, but over time, they fade and look dirty. Even after a good shampoo, carpets in high-traffic areas look dingy.

You could ask all your guests and family members to remove their shoes before entering the house, but that’s not feasible for most households. The better solution is to replace your carpet with hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors are a great way to increase the perception of space, especially when combined with minimalist décor. If you’re worried about kids and pets dinging up the floorboards, just use stain and scratch-resistant wood. If you’re really on a tight budget, install laminate flooring that looks like wood.

Installing hardwood floors will be a little more expensive, but hardwood floors create a better resale value for your home. A study of homebuyer preferences conducted by USA Today reported that 54% of home buyers will pay more for a home with hardwood floors.

Luxury doesn’t have to be complicated.

These four simple transformations will take your living room from fab to drab without breaking the bank.

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