Adding color to your living room is a great way to revamp your home and give a fresh look to your living space. The only question is how to do it without breaking the bank. It’s actually pretty simple to brighten up the room, and the best news is you can do it on a budget!

These are a few tips to help you bring color into your living room and keep your bank account happy.

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Use Lighting

Simply switching up the lighting in your living room will instantly make the colors in the room come alive. Try to bring in more natural light by utilizing windows to let the sun in.

Or if your living room doesn’t get much natural light, you can change your light bulbs to LEDs, which brighten up the space. You could also add a ceiling light, a new lamp or candles for a warmer look. These options might be a little more expensive, but could be just what you’re looking for.

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Get Creative with Old Furniture

If you want to incorporate a DIY project to your living room makeover, think about ways you can recreate old furniture.

For example, do you have a coffee table you can repaint using accent colors? Do you have chairs you can reupholster with new colorful fabric? Is there an end table you can make look like new with fabric as a tablecloth?

Take a look at what you already have and think about how you can recreate it to bring in color to the room. You can stay in your budget with these projects since you already have the main pieces of furniture and might even have the other supplies laying around your home! And who doesn’t love seeing something they created in their home every day?

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Paint an Accent Wall

One way to bring color into your living room, or any room, is to choose one wall and paint it a different color from the rest. This wall will make the room come alive and introduce a new color you can then work with to bring more color in with décor if you want to.

Painting can be a fun project, but keep in mind the quality of the paint you are choosing. You may want to get a professional’s help with this, because there are a few things that can go wrong if the paint isn’t a good quality. For example, if the paint wasn’t filtered properly, it may coagulate to form “grit” which will create an uneven and bumpy look to your wall.

The good news is you can still find high-quality paint while on a budget. If you paint the wall yourself, the only thing you’ll be paying for is the can of paint and a paintbrush.


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Think Less is More

In this case, it’s true. Less is more when it comes to adding color to your living room. You don’t want to overwhelm the space by having every item be a different color. That will definitely add color, but not in a pleasing way.

Try following the 80/20 rule, where 20% of the room will be an accent color and 80% will be neutrals. This way, the color will make the room pop while the neutrals create a beautiful and inviting space.

You can achieve this look by adding colorful curtains, accent pillows, flowers, throw rugs or art and then keeping the furniture and walls a neutral color. And the accent items can be found super cheap at places such as HomeGoods or IKEA.


Understand Colors

While adding color to your space, you want to make sure you are using colors that will look great together so your home doesn’t end up looking like a Dr. Seuss book — unless you want it to, in which case go for it!

Learn the difference between warm colors and cool colors and decide which way you want to take your living room. Then stick to that group of colors. This will create a unified mood in the room and help you choose colors while picking out your accent pieces.

Bringing color into your living room is such a fun project because you can get creative and you’re going to have a gorgeous and inviting space at the end! Have fun and get colorful!