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Up-cycling interior design ideas for your living room

Are you tired of looking at your worn sofa and chairs? Fancy a new look in your living room but simply don't have the spare money to completely refurbish? All is not lost, there's some great ways to bring your living room up to date and as up-cycling is one of this year's biggest interior design trends you'll be doing your bit for the environment and giving your home a brand new style.

Patchworks Patchwork easy chairs and sofas are bang on-trend. If you have the time and the skills you can recover them with cheap curtain fabric patches to give them an instant on-trend up-date. To keep the style flowing through the room you could also use larger pieces of fabric to make wall-art by stretching the fabric over cheap canvass boards and stapling at the back – keep the corners neat by using the same techniques as the sheets on hospital beds – smooth the fabric flat, lift up one edge and tuck the remaining fabric underneath before stapling into place. Sound too complicated? Then glue the fabric onto the board remembering to keep the fabric smooth and taut as you can. Fabric glues which dry clear are the most suitable, along with medium weight fabrics which aren't transparent.

Bold Botanicals This season botanicals are ticking all the right boxes within the world of interior design. Use this trend in your living room for cushions, throws, tab top curtains and art work. Using throws is a cost effective way of re-covering sofas and chairs if you don't want to go down the patchwork route. Teaming the colour of the throws and curtains will bring balance and cohesion to the room.

Trendy Colours Use sherbet colours with bright pops of Spring green and you'll revitalise your living room in no time at all. Think along the lines of the colours nature provides, raspberry pink with apple green, hyacinth blues with purple undertones sitting next to sage or hunter greens.

Stylish Accessories Cheap rugs placed under coffee and side tables add warmth and new textures to plain flooring. Cheap cushions are the perfect way to bring the new look together, mix and match colours, styles and patterns to create a visual affect which makes eyes stop for a fleeting moment as they scan the room. Sherbet colours call out for Spring flowers, such as tulips, displayed in ceramic or glass vases giving the room a fresh and welcoming look.

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