Your lounge room is the place where you get to relax and unwind at the end of the day and it’s probably the place you will spend most time hanging out with friends and family, so it’s important that it’s a nice space. If your lounge room is looking pretty tired don’t despair because there are a few simple and inexpensive items that will help add some sparkle.
1. The Couch
One of the most important items in the lounge room is the couch. If yours is old and shabby you can revamp it with a colourful throw and lots of cushions. If it’s beyond repair, consider buying a new one. There are lots of inexpensive lounges available; check online and find out just how inexpensive a new couch can be.
Neutral colours are often the best choice as colour can be introduced with cushions and accessories, allowing for a change in colour scheme later on. Make sure to scotch guard your couch to avoid staining. Comfort is an important factor. If your couch isn’t comfy, no one will want to spend any time on it.
One of the cheapest and most dramatic ways to decorate your lounge is with a fresh coat of paint. Just as with the couch, neutral tones are best. Neutral does not have to be boring. Creams, wheats and egg shell tones will create warmth in your room, whereas whites will create a fresh crisp look. Many whites can be tinted ever so slightly to match the room’s colour scheme.
3. Cushions, Throws and Rugs
You can add colour, interest and style to your lounge room with cushions, throws and a bright floor rug. Look for interesting textures and fibres. Don’t be afraid to be really daring with colour. Cushion covers are cheap, so go all out. You can always replace them later. Try contrasting colours and even quirky patterns like zebra print, zigzags or retro paisley prints.
A stunning floor rug will completely lift your lounge room; a small investment that can make a huge difference. There are lots of rug shops, so go window shopping and see what you can find. You can also check out second hand stores and thrift shops. There may be a treasure just waiting for you.
4. Accent Chairs
Another great decorating idea for your lounge room is to add some accent chairs. These will add colour and extra seating. Accent chairs can be different colours and styles to your lounge, in fact throwing in an antique rocker or a funky retro piece will add loads of character to your lounge room. Garage sales and thrift shops are a great place to find something unique.
Once your main furniture is in place it’s time to add the ‘extras’. It’s these smaller decorative pieces that will make your lounge room a fun place to be. Things like wall hangings, paintings, unusual clocks, candles, lamps and quirky sculptures will make your lounge room really interesting.