George Moore once said, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it” and honestly nothing has ever made more sense than George Moore made that day. But the most important aspect here is actually to realize what makes your home, home? What differentiates your home from a mall? Or a rice mill? Or any area surrounded by 4 walls?
Answering this question is important because well, the global construction business is expected to be valued at 10.3 trillion USD by 2020, and yet all they can construct are houses, not homes. So, what is it that turns a house into a home? Mostly, your family. The love and feelings that you carry for your family and they reciprocate is what makes the area enclosed by 4 walls and a roof, a home.
The Living Room in Your House
So, what George Moore really meant was that you come home to find all the love and belongingness from your family. Today, however, the world is all about privacy, and everyone have their separate rooms. Your son has his homework from college that he needs to work on while your daughter is busy with the project that has been under process since God knows when, and your wife is not even home from work yet.
In such an age, you wonder how you are supposed to connect with your family. This is where you realize that the Living Room in your house serves a huge purpose. It brings your family together. In doing so, it fulfills the purpose of your home. So, no matter how busy your family might be, it is always possible to sit together for a movie once a week in your living room.
On A Budget Decorations
Since it serves such an important purpose, must it not be one of the most beautiful rooms in your house? But crunching some extra bucks through for an exquisite decoration is not always possible. So, here we guide you through 4 ways of decorating your living room on a budget.
1. First Things First
However, we are not diving directly into getting new furniture or decorates. The very first line of business is to ensure that your house is free from pests. Statistics say that termites – one of the most occurring pests – can cause property damages of up to $5 billion every year. If you have termites in your house, the new furniture or paintings will be no good because all they will do is serve as food for the pests.
Therefore, the very first line of action is to get those bug killer sprays and to get some bug killing underway. Since these pesticides are usually very strong when you do spray them make sure you take all necessary precautions.
2. A Nice Simple Clock
Now, most people tend to believe that a clock in a living room does not look great. However, as a rule, there should always be a clock in every room of your house, including the living room.
But another rule for clocks says less is more. Being on a budget does not mean that you get a table clock for your living room though, but it also does not mean that you get those huge grand clocks from the 18th century that cost you as much as your house. The best clock for your living room is a respectably sized wall clock.
Try not to be too fancy with this clock though; remember less is more. But, make sure that the color of the clock matches the décor of your living room. Hang this clock on top of your television for the added effect.
3. Two Paintings are better than one
Another essential element for a living room is wall hangings. More often than not, these should be pleasant paintings that match the color of your walls and décor or at least brings it out. But, as was the case with walls, less is more. You do not need a huge painting covering an entire wall in your living room.
What you need are small paintings, a little bigger than the palm of your hand. Plus, these do not have to be paintings by Picasso or Da Vinci; get what fits with your room. You can get these paintings at any garage sale or the local flea market.
Once you have the paintings, hang them in a short cluster near the clock that you just hung above your television. You can arrange the cluster as you please. For some inspiration, you can arrange them in a stair, diamond, or square pattern or any other way you seem fit.
4. There’s nothing as good as a Family Photo
Now since you never bought a huge painting in favor of several small ones, you can use a family picture as the colossal painting that you never got. We assure you this picture will be of much more interest to you and any guests that turn up. Plus, as time goes by, you can reminisce about the good times you have had in the house with that picture.
There are four basic steps to this exercise. Take a picture with a decent camera. Take it to the local photographer or printing shop and get it printed. Put the picture in a suitable frame. Hang the picture on your wall.
If you think that your walls look empty, get some individual portraits framed, but in a smaller size than the family photo and hang it around the family photo. That should do the trick. Just for the sake of consistency, ensure that the frames on each picture are the same and in line with the décor of your living room.
All in all, what your living room needs, is some cleaning off from pests and a few additions to your wall. Of course, there are many other ways you can add beauty to your room and hence your house. But staying in budget and achieving the task requires plenty of research.