If you feel like giving your house a bit of an update, a great place to start is in the lounge room as this is the place that most people spend a lot of their time. However, if you have champagne taste but a beer budget, you may be wondering exactly how you can pull off an update that will make your lounge room look a million dollars. Read on for some hacks that will help you do just that and make your living room the envy of visiting friends and family... and even the odd nosey neighbour!
Paint your walls
If it's been a while since you painted your walls, a lick of paint will instantly make your room look updated. To give some instant sophistication, go for simple colours like whites and creams. A stripped-back look like this will make everything look cleaner, more bright and more expensive.
Update your lighting
If you have dull lighting fixtures, consider swapping them with something a little more glam. See if you can find an old chandelier or a pendant lamp at your local op shop; not only will a fancy light give your room some vintage chic, it'll also make your lounge room look suddenly a lot more expensive!
Go posh with pictures
While you're at the op shop searching for chandeliers, check out the art on offer. A great way of making a space look more expensive is to have a piece of inexpensive art custom framed. While the frame may cost some money, if you can find some inexpensive art that you love, you'll still be saving yourself a ton of money. On top of that, you'll have a focus point for your lounge room and a piece that is one of a kind.
Give your bookcase some style
Your bookcase is a great place to add some pizazz to your lounge room and give the illusion that you've spent some money doing so. Take a few of your books away and replace them with any sculptures you may have, plus mirrors, potted plants, small pieces of art… anything you have and love that you'd like to see on display. However, don't go crazy here; less is definitely more, as the more sparse the pieces, the more expensive your room will look. After all, you're going for chic and sophisticated, not cluttered and disorganised.
Use textiles wisely
Upholstering furniture can be expensive, so instead use vintage textiles to cover throw pillows or, if you're feeling more adventurous, seat cushions or stools. The quirky fabric will really stand out and give your space some instant chic, especially if you've gone for more stripped-back colours elsewhere.