Once you’ve got your main living room pieces sorted, like a new sofa or armchairs, it’s time to add those personal touches that make your home feel like your own. But how can you update your living space and complement your new purchases in an easy (and most importantly, affordable) way? We asked three interiors and craft enthusiasts to share their living room decorating tips…
1. Put up alcove shelving
“Alcove shelves are a great way to decorate on a budget. As well as great storage, they create a focal point in your room and allow you to display family photographs, trinkets and treasures, to bring a personal feel to your space.” Sarah Linda, Daisy Chains and Dreamers.
Take inspiration from Sarah and paint the back wall a statement shade to make your display really pop.
2. Upcycle used furniture
“Mix your new pieces with used or upcycled furniture to keep your home feeling unique.” Kate Williams, Crafts on Sea.
Kate’s crafty kids are forever spilling glue and glitter over her kitchen table, so buying her table and chairs from a local charity shop and painting them in chalk paint was a great solution.
3. Paint a chalkboard wall
“A home-made chalkboard wall is a cheap and fun way for the whole family to make a temporary mark on their home. It’s also very practical for shopping lists and to-dos!” Adele Jarrett-Kerr, Beautiful Tribe.
Adele used black chalkboard paint to cover one wall (with a little helper!). You can make the space as little or large as you want to. Just remember that chalk is dusty, so this idea works better if you have wooden rather than carpeted floors.
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