If you’re ready to turn your living room from drab to fab but are worrying over the cost, use these tips to keep the budget low and the standards high from DIY Network Canada’s Sweat Equity.
In every episode, host Amy Matthews increases the values of homes by choosing home improvement projects that give more bang for your buck.
Shop at close-out or thrift stores if you are buying new furniture.
These locations take some patience, and more than one visit, but a good deal is easier to find. Alternately, you can give your old furniture new life.
Wooden chairs can be re-stained or painted, and upholstery is an eye-catching and easy way to make an old piece new again.
Flooring easily adds to a budget, but there are ways to avoid area carpeting or hardwood flooring without sacrificing style.
Consider staining concrete floors in the basement or using carpet tiles to create a custom rug area.
Colour is the easiest way to get a dramatic change with minimal work and budget.
Keep the colour palette crisp and clean so it’s always in style and won’t require frequent updating.
For a smaller budget, paint only one feature wall to draw attention.
Swapping or adding accessories creates a simple change in rooms.
A vase of flowers is an easy and cheap way to add a feeling of luxury to the room. Create wall decor using items you already have — hang a collection in frames or shadow boxes, hang a family heirloom quilt, or use an assortment of mirrors.
It’s easy to forget about using the lights in your home for more than their practical purpose. Create drama or romance with a flick of a switch and illuminate your favourite elements of the living room for a fantastic effect.
To consistently save money on updating your home, consider learning the basics of sewing. You’ll make simple things like throw pillows and curtains at a fraction of the cost.
– Sweat Equity airs weeknights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on DIY Network Canada.