Affordable Living Room Decorating Ideas For Homeowners

Not everyone has an unlimited budget when it comes to decorating his, or her living room, thus affordable living room decorating is an important thing to think about. Many people’s living rooms are a direct reflection of their financial difficulties, often comprised of hand me downs, and thrift furniture. Not only is this not a great design element, it is completely unavoidable if one has a grander vision.

Embrace the shabby chic design element that allows for vintage to be cool. Some of the most respected furniture design companies spend much of their budget creating vintage looking furniture. When considering affordable living room decorating it is necessary to look at this trend, and embrace it while going for the originals.

Instead of going to the thrift shop, try looking at an antique auction or antique store instead. Many think that the word antique signifies a high price tag, when in fact most antiques are as cheap as what a piece of furniture would be at a thrift store. Just as the retail market has general rates, so does the resale market. This means that a beautiful antique sofa or table at an antique is probably as cheap, as a dirty couch found at a thrift store. By looking for antiques you can find not only beautiful affordable living room decorating pieces, but you can also find sets easier.

Create a must have list, and start at the top when putting an affordable living room decorating plan in action. There should be one or two pieces that are the focal points of your affordable living room decorating effort, and thus try to obtain those first, and build around them. By considering this in your affordable living room decorating plan, you will be automatically thinking about an actual design, what most people forget to do when they shop for affordable furniture. Stop thinking in terms of price, and instead think in terms of design, and then in terms of price.

Go with a simple, minimalist look to save money. While minimalists come from all economic walks of life, it is the most affordable way to make an affordable living room decorating plan look chic. Simply define your needs in terms of people that will be spending time in your living room, and go off to find the minimum that they need. Space the furniture, and tables out, and you should have an affordable living room design that the entire family will appreciate.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya

Living Room Decoration Ideas For The Black And White Lovers

Black and white is in style again and more and more homeowners are looking to incorporate these two timeless colors into their home decor. Living room decoration is very easy and rewarding when the classic colors are successfully integrated, as they can give the room a unique and classy style of its own.

One of the easiest ways to do it is simply by applying a coat of painting to your walls in these two colors. It is a fact that black and white are everything: they are classic, contemporary, retro and yet always in style. They are not going out of fashion and you can find pretty much in every decade living rooms furnished and decorated in these two famous colors.

If you don’t feel like painting the walls again, you can add some nice zebra prints, since they have the classic color combination by default in them. The zebra rug can go very well in the room center for a prominent location. If you have guests coming over, they will really enjoy looking at the prints, and will feel entertained and comfortable at the same time. Of course you need to make sure that the furniture and seating arrangement is as pleasing and comfortable as possible for enjoying your room in full.

Another part of the living room that you can decorate in these timeless colors is your flooring. Using either marble as chosen flooring or white tiles, you can actually make the room seem much larger than it really is, so this is a great benefit for smaller homes. Just make sure that your room is as clutter-less as possible, so that you really enjoy that extra white space that you have now. You can also add some pictures on the wall with black frames, and the duo-color is complete.

You can also add black and white textured fabrics for your coaches or for your window curtains. The choices are really unlimited, and you can easily shop for many different living room accessories that are white and black, to adorn your room in style.

The Importance Of Themes In Living Room Decorating

What exactly is a theme? To make things simple let’s put it this way. A theme is nothing but a group of design elements combined together and given a name.

Some of the common theme names we have heard are

1) Contemporary theme

2) Oriental theme

3) Country theme

etc..

So a theme includes elements of decorating that are responsible for a drastic change in any given interior space. What these elements can be? A theme might include colors, finishes, textures, specific
shapes to be used, budget restrictions, or even a material of only by a particular manufacturer.

Such a group of design elements when combined together gives birth to a “theme”. It is perfectly possible to add, delete, modify, alter, replace any one or all the elements in this theme. It all depends
on what you like/dislike.

For example If I say that a “contemporary design theme” does nor or should not include a specific color for ceiling in the living room, you have total right to modify the above statement and make your
own depending upon what you like/dislike. SO any design theme is always evolving and you can use “creativity” to give birth to new themes.

But what about the themes that are already existing?

1) Contemporary design theme:

In these type of designs much emphasis is given on “simplicity” and straight lines and forms. this type theme says that a square in it self is a beautiful and “balanced” entity hence most design elements
in this theme are simple forms made of straight lines.

Also plain colors with their shades are used to create a “play” of light and shadows.

2) Oriental design theme:

In these type of design majority of surfaces are treated for “relief work” such as textured plasters with heavy decorating, wallpapers, with decorating prints of natural elements such as leaves, flowers,
scenery. Surfaces are treated as a way of expression.

3) Country design theme:

In this theme more and more natural elements are used for creating furniture and other elements. that’s why more country houses have wooden furniture, wooden flooring, shutters, ceiling made of wood etc.

So wood is used as a major language of expression.

While selecting theme for your living room it is necessary to first analyze what you like most and the budget criteria. Once this has been defined finding design elements that fits your design theme is
relatively easy. But one thing must be kept in mind that a living room is the face of your home. Once you decide or finalize the theme for your living room, it becomes almost necessary to use the same theme for rest of the room.

Of course this is not an absolute rule ,but keeping a common theme for your entire home helps to maintain a visual balance.

I hope this article was helpful to everyone.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya