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Cheap, but Chic Living Room Makeover Ideas

Adopting an eclectic interior design style is a great way to get a cheap, but chic look in your living room. This style isn’t merely a hotchpotch of mismatched pieces but a carefully planned and thought-out style, which, although may take a little design flair and creativeness, the planning will only cost your time – which of course is ‘free’!

1. Be critical:

Don’t be tempted just to buy or replace things because they’re cheap. Take your time and make informed decisions as to what needs up-dating, replacing or throwing away.

2. Furniture:
You don’t have to have matching sofas and chairs – just as long as there is a common link between each item they can look chic and stylish. Old and new can sit comfortably next to each other and create a very stylish look to your living room.

3. Window Dressings:
Change your window dressing with a more modern colour or pattern. Cheap curtains are available in a wide range of styles, design and colours. If they’re ready made curtains the new look at your windows will be instantaneous.

4. Flooring:
As we’ve seen in other rooms this week rugs can hide a multitude of sins and the same applies to your living room. High traffic areas, such as in front of sofas and chairs can get grubby, stained and threadbare – however, if you want a modern look don’t use a small rug in-front of each seating place, instead use large areas rugs as they’re far more trendy!

5. Add pattern to one wall:
Choose one wall and add pattern to it – if you make it the same wall as your focal point all the better. Wallpaper is back in-vogue and there’s lots of wonderful new patterns to choose from.

6. Lighting
New table lamps are a great way to add interest to a living room. Use them to create cosy corners for reading or use one large floor or table lamp to light-up a specific area or feature.

7. Focal point:
Show off the best feature of your living room by using it as your focal point. If you have a fire place then show it off by placing wall art or a large mirror on the chimney breast.

8. Accessories for each season:
Add new cushions with bright colours for Spring and Summer and use throws to snuggle into when Autumn and Winter arrive.

9. Include Texture:
This can be different surfaces, rough, smooth and also be used in your soft furnishings by using cushions and throws made in a variety of tactile fabrics.

10. Using nature:
Natural objects are free if you go for a walk – don’t pick anything which is endangered or spoil the country side – however, interesting pieces of wood, pebbles and stones can all be used to make stylish accessories.

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