Table of contents:
- 1. Rearrange the furniture
- 2. Update old stuff
- 3. Transform the walls
- 4. Hang mirrors
- 5. Don't forget the nice details
- 6. Replace hardware
- 7. Green the room
- 8. Consider lighting
2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
Effective and inexpensive ways to make a room cozy.
1. Rearrange the furniture
There is no simpler and more budgetary way to change the environment than rearranging furniture. A slight castling will not only help to add variety and better organize the space, but also allow you to see the room from a different angle. This makes it easier to decide what is really needed and what it is high time to get rid of.
Just do not forget that this seemingly simple event requires careful preparation. Don't move things by eye. This can waste a lot of time and end up making it worse. Instead, take a tape measure, measure all the furniture you have, and sketch out a plan for the rearrangement on paper. Or plan it on a computer using convenient services or programs.
Stylish placement ideas can be borrowed, for example, from this video:
2. Update old stuff
Recycling is more relevant than ever. Do not rush to part with the furniture heritage of the Soviet era - it is better to give it a new life.
So, a shabby sofa can be easily turned into a trendy one, if covered with a fabric of the current color. By the way, pulling upholstered furniture will cost less than buying a new one. The dull grandmother's chest of drawers, repainted in a bright color, will turn into an interior star. Moreover, all this can be done not only with the help of professional restorers, but also on our own.
For example, here's a step-by-step guide on how to paint an old nightstand and fit it into a modern design:
And here they show how to pull the upholstery of a chair with your own hands:
3. Transform the walls
Of course, painting the walls or wallpapering is the best solution. But for this, there is not always the means and time. An old-fashioned wallpaper pattern can be softened by hanging posters or paintings side by side. Of course, the ugly wall itself will not disappear from this, but such a technique will divert attention from it and create an interesting decorative effect.
Take your time to drive nails into the wall - first, arrange a preview of the future composition. Take measurements from your paintings and place similar sized sheets of paper on the wall. Think, try different options, take a photo.
This video clearly shows how to compose:
And here they talk about a compositional technique that will help to hang photographs, posters or paintings so that it turns out stylishly and beautifully:
4. Hang mirrors
A mirror is a decorator's best friend: it visually expands the space, improves illumination and completes the interior. The large mirror can simply be placed on the floor. Small ones will look luxurious as part of a wall gallery. Or, instead of one large one, hang several medium-sized mirrors: they will reflect light beautifully.
Video tip for those who want to dilute their wall decor with a mirror:
5. Don't forget the nice details
It's bad if all the furniture in the room is different. It is difficult to give a uniform style to such a room. Accessories will come to the rescue: a new lamp, blanket or photo frames will make the interior more thoughtful. Another tried and tested method is textiles. Upgrade your curtains, cushions, tablecloths. If you want to save as much as possible, you can sew all this yourself.
This video tutorial will help a novice seamstress create pillow covers:
6. Replace hardware
Any little thing can play a big role in the design of a room, for example, furniture or door handles. It's easy to find them: they are sold in almost any store that sells household items.
7. Green the room
Indoor plants will help to revive the living room. Several pots with geraniums or dracaena - and the room will immediately become an order of magnitude more comfortable. If your gardening skills are lame, just choose succulents: they are unpretentious, but effective.
8. Consider lighting
If you only remember your bulbs the moment they burn out, it's time to change that. After all, the light tone strongly influences the atmosphere in the room. If the living room is not cozy enough, just replace the cold light bulbs with warm ones. There is also the opposite effect: the cold lamps make the room seem cleaner and more spacious.