101 Ideas: An expensive-looking living room on a budget – Irvine Real Estate – Irvine Homes for Sale

by Robert Mack on January 12, 2011

in Buyers, Latest News, Sellers

Having a vibrant living room is a must, but it doesn’t have to break your wallet. Consider these tips, and let the magic happen.

Collect one nice piece from everywhere you go to add meaning to your decor. “Decorating with things that have meaning or stories behind them,” says Jen Jordan, “brings individuality to any space.” Look with different eyes at heirlooms you’ve inherited — old books, dishware, stitchery, clothing, even your grandfather’s pipe — to see how they might be displayed.

Details define the look of your room, but such nuances need not be a part of every piece. A great compromise is to purchase more expensive or larger items in a simpler style, and then invest in design-specific accent pieces to upgrade the look.

Good rugs are costly. Search garage sales and Internet auctions for better buys. Even with fading and wear and tear, used rugs can be cleaned and blemishes camouflaged, depending on how you place the furniture.

Add details to an inexpensive light fixture to give it a designer look. Coat it in a bold paint color, add fringe and beads, or change the crystals. Introduce pattern and texture by stenciling and/or upholstering the existing shades, or purchase new shades for a low-cost update.

If you can’t travel to foreign destinations yourself, take advantage of shops that sell affordable handmade crafts and other decorative imports, including masks, dolls, statues and unusual artwork.

From the book “Sensible Chic” on hgtv.com

(For thousands of other ideas, visit www.hgtv.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)

Add some character to your living room without breaking the bank! Check out some great (and super cheap) ways to add some life to your living space….

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