The living room is that space in the house that people love decorating the most. After all, it is the most visited place in the house and speaks a lot about the residents. However, designing a stylish living room is expensive and may cost a small fortune. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. By cleverly mixing high-end items with the less expensive ones, you can still create the desired look. The key is in knowing where you can splurge and where you can save.
Splurge on the couch and the coffee table
Couches are undoubtedly expensive and there is no end to how pricey they can get. All leading designers would advise you to spend on this one piece of furniture. Consider it as a one-time investment as with proper maintenance your couch can last you a really long time. Besides, you don’t want to save on some money today and end up with a back-pain or stiff neck later.
Similarly, select a sturdy coffee table as it is also the main element of your living room. You can save on accent tables that are used mainly for layering or decorative reasons. You can also save on poufs and chairs which are meant to provide some extra seating in the living room.
Hot tip – Instead of choosing a trending design, select a classic one that will always stay in style.
Save on fabric
The general rule is to spend on fabric that will come in direct contact with your skin. For instance, the sofa and chairs. You can select velvets or soft linens as you please. However, for other kinds of fabric uses like the curtains, throws and cushion covers, you can opt for more economical materials. If you spend a fortune on them, you won’t feel like changing them often. On the other hand, if you stay within a reasonable budget, you can change them frequently without feeling guilty. You will be surprised to know how easy it is to change the look of your room by changing these simple elements.
Splurge on statement pieces
Every living room has one focal point. It could be a big piece of art of an exquisite, beautifully-carved vintage mirror. Such items can add a character to your living room and leave an everlasting impression on your guests. It is alright to spend on something that catches your eye and steals your heart away. If you are sure this purchase will make you happy for a very long time, we say go ahead with it.
Save on artifacts
You can save on decorative accessories like vases, mirrors and other accents. Although these items are necessary to weave the story you want to tell, you don’t have to break your bank on them. You can pick up little knick-knacks from flea markets or even from thrift shops. It is more important to pick up items that will go with the underlying theme of your living room instead of picking expensive accents from designer stores.
Splurge on quality
You can save money on anything but never on quality. If you are thinking of getting a chest of drawers or a cabinet, make sure that the hinges and knobs are of good quality. Similarly, do not compromise on the installation of your electronics or wood-work. You may save money today but any minor glitches may cost you in a bomb in future. A magazine rack falling apart is a much scenario than an unsteady drawer that won’t open properly.
Save on lighting
The options in lighting are numerous and even overwhelming in certain cases. You can definitely save a few hundred dollars if you choose wisely. Plenty of decorative lamps are available in the market that can set the mood of your living room. You can avoid spending a considerable amount on a crystal lamp and go for a second hand, upcycled lamp.
Splurge on the floors
Your floor, whether hardwood or stone, is the foundation of your home. It is not something that you can afford to do time and again. To save yourself from such troubles, select the best quality flooring in a neutral color that you won’t get bored of. You can save on your area rugs and carpets. There are good chances that something will spill on them and leave an indelible stain. You can find several interesting and cheaper rugs in the market.