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Quick & Easy Ways to Refresh Your Living Room on a Budget

February 16, 2021

A living room is often the busiest area in the house. It’s where your family gathers and you entertain guests that come over to your house. Therefore, you’ll want to ensure that your living room is functional and stylish. If it’s not either right now, then it’s time for a renovation! Unfortunately, sometimes our budgets aren’t quite as big as our motivations for a major makeover.

ARIA Luxury Residence (2203), Kuala Lumpur by Viyest Interior Design
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While you may not have the budget to do a major renovation, there are still plenty of ways to make your living room look good without spending a fortune. Here are a few ideas on giving your living room a quick refresh while costing very little time or money on your part.

1. Rearrange your furniture

One of the easiest ways to make a change in your living room on a budget is by switching your furniture around. This could be as simple as rearranging your sofa and chairs, or grouping furniture in a way that encourages conversation.

Anjali North Kiara, Kuala Lumpur by MKR Studio Sdn. Bhd.
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You can also consider swapping furniture into another room; like shifting an armchair or a side table from your bedroom to your living room, for example. This will completely transform the look and feel of your living room, and what’s especially great about this idea is that you don’t need to spend any money to refresh your space!

2. Add some greenery

If your living room is filled with white or a neutral colour palette, introduce a dash of colour to your home with indoor plants. This makes for an inexpensive way to lend a homey vibe to your living room, plus, decorating your home with plants is a good way to eliminate harmful toxins and freshen up the air.

Amarin Kiara, Mt Kiara by GI Design Sdn Bhd
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3. Switch up your throw pillows

One of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your living room design is to update your throw pillows. These accents are often the first things people notice when they enter a space, and they have the power to infuse your room with more colour, style, and personality.

Velocity Residence, Kuala Lumpur by MIL Design & Construction
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So consider swapping your current throw pillow with new colours or textures, like faux fur or leather jazz up your space. Besides throw pillows, you can also consider adding a new throw blanket to your sofa. It’s inexpensive and will ensure that your living room will look great!

4. Update your walls

Creating a feature wall is one of the most popular décor trends and a cool way to make a big statement in your living room without costing an arm and a leg.

Tropicana Grande, Petaling Jaya by Blaine Robert Design Sdn. Bhd.
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You can dress up an empty wall in your living room into a show-stopping feature wall using a broad range of materials such as wallpaper, paint, wood and even tile. And because you are decorating just one wall, you can add a lot of style to a room without making it feel too busy.

5. Invest in an area rug

Re-carpeting or redoing your entire living room floor with new tiles can help to transform the overall look of your living room but it can be a costly affair. Instead, getting an area rug to cover the floor can be a great and inexpensive way to add warmth, texture, and colour to your living room. Not only does it bring everything together, but it also lays the foundation and really sets the stage for the rest of the room.

Damai Hillpark Residence, Damai Cheras by Considered Design Sdn. Bhd.
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6. Mount some shelving

Besides a feature wall, floating shelves are a great way to fill a blank wall and help to transform your living room. Plus, shelves are a great inexpensive addition to your living room because they don’t take up much square footage while allowing you to display your favourite items that reflect your style and personality.

Secoya Residence, KL by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
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7. Update your lighting

Replacing old, outdated lamps for something more contemporary is a great inexpensive way to improve the overall ambience of your living room. So ditch the dingy shades that came with the lamp and incorporate lampshades with statement-making shapes, designs and patterns to create the perfect accent to your living room. You should also swap existing bulbs with LED versions to brighten up your living room.

Residensi PV21, Setapak by Studio Athira Wan
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