How can I design my small living room?

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q n need some ideas for a small design living room eed some ideas

I have $200 I would like to change my living room but I don't know what to do I need some type of suggestions of furniture to go in there

q n need some ideas for a small design living room eed some ideas
q n need some ideas for a small design living room eed some ideas
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  • Huntress Huntress on Dec 29, 2018

    I used a 3 piece set of wall mural Windows from Etsy. Made a huge difference. You could do a full wall mural also,there are lots on internet , just search wall murals and you'll be amazed. Then decorate according to whatever style you have. I used a large mirror, may change it to a set of 3, on the wall opposite the "windows". Space looks twice as big now. And a lot of light due to the mirrors.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Dec 29, 2018

    I think the first thing I would do is put some color on the walls. Make it a light color since it's a small area. Then pick out window treatments that coordinate with the walls. If you need both sofas, get some throw pillows that go with the walls and window treatments. If you don't, I would get two chairs for in front of the window. I don't see any light anywhere, so get a few end tables and lamps or a stand lamp or two. A big picture or mirror over the one sofa would also add color or light. Get rugs that either match or compliment each other. Get bigger corner blocks for the trim over the one door (they're to small), just be sure to measure before you go to the store. I hope you can find something you like in the suggestions I gave you.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 29, 2018

    Myself, I would decide on a color that you want throughout the room as an accent and incorporate that into the décor you use. The walls, doors and doorframes, etc. are different colors and make things look blotchy because they are so close together in proximity with just narrow areas of Wall. I see you do hang objects on your walls, but they are all so small with little variation inside and the larger areas are bare. Hang some pictures that bring together the décor color that will help brighten the mostly monochromatic colors of the walls, flooring and furniture. Perhaps change the cover on the one couch with a print with some subtle coloration to it. You need to brighten up the room with some color. I hope this helps give you some suggestions on a few things you could start with. Change things here and there and see what you would like, start with the little things, like the cover on the couch, perhaps a couple of pillows. Start easy with little things that are cheaper and go as you can afford it in the budget when it comes to rugs, paint, etc. that cost the most. I hope this gets you stated, Donna!

  • Rymea Rymea on Dec 29, 2018

    Maybe it was a cloudy day when you took the photo but to me the room looks a little cold. So first i would warm it up by painting the walls a very light, warm creamy off white and the trim a bright semi-gloss white. Then shop for drapes, throw pillows and area rugs that all coordinate and share a main color. The color could be a neutral, like gray, bright blue, whatever you like and/or can find in your price range. Also keep in mind that you need an accent color which would be just a little bit of one color all around the room. It should be about 1/3 as much as your main color. You don't want the two colors to be equal in the room. So just for an example; your main color is blue, you have blue drapes and an area rug mainly blue with little touches of orange in it. Then you could get orange throw pillows trimmed with blue or an orange print with a little blue . So you would just have a little orange and lots of blue all around the room. Sometimes it's best to shop first then decide on a color after you've seen what's available. And it can take time. I took me two years to get that far. Then gradually add accessories and art work. I hope you have fun with it.

  • Annie Annie on Dec 30, 2018

    All of the above suggestions are great I would like to add two others. That being, use coffee/side tables that are glass if practical and a painting/picture that shows depth. For example, a scene with a winding path. Have fun doing it.

  • Lydia Weikel Cox Lydia Weikel Cox on Dec 30, 2018

    I also agree with what has been written about introducing color. With a small budget for change, I encourage you to A) consider what main color you really like and want to see in your living space, regardless of what you may see in stores right now. When I had my first apartment it was in the late 60's and olive green and BRiGHT orange and BRITE yellow were popular but I hated them!! Thought I had to "go with the flow" since that was available in the stores. Horrible decision that haunted me for years when finances didn't permit changes! So, LOVE whatever color(s) you decide to work with! Maybe start with just one, and do a bit of research on color wheel complimentary colors to see if you want to produce energy or calmness with your secondary color choices. 2) Shop Goodwill and thrift shops!! Especially if your chosen highlight colors are not currently being marketed, you can find new and nearly new items in all range of colors and styles WAY CHEAPER than retail stores. Consider that curtains, table covers, sheets etc can be used to make pillow covers (including no-sew types) or to make throws over sofa or chairs for a different effect, or as table skirts for end tables. Placemats and table runners can be placed on tops of end tables or coffee tables below a centerpiece (or tray of magazines) to bring in touches of your special color. A couple small vases, flowerpots or small decorative items you like in "your color" purchased for less than $5 at Goodwill will very cheaply bring life to a small room.


    It appears there is a large window behind one sofa, with a large wall opposite. Placing a large mirror on that wall, with a collage of other small artwork or family photos to ONE side will bring in a lot of light, with the warmth of art/family connections. The home looks to be like many older homes in my area with LR, DR, Kit in a row on first floor of a row home or duplex, with overhead lighting & possibly few outlets for lamps, so playing up the natural light with a mirror helps and makes the place look larger and warmer. Lighter walls will then reflect more light in evening too from an overhead if it is hard to place lamps there. Don't be in a hurry to spend all $200 at once! Enjoy the looking and creative thought process until you find those things that make you heart sing and will become the basis for what you will build around for your personal space!!!

  • Carol Smth Carol Smth on Dec 30, 2018

    I agree with Lydia. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. are great places to shop where a budget is essential for pictures, mirrors, curtains etc. There is a Savers close to my home that had some beautiful pinch pleated drapes not long ago for little or nothing. They have great accent pieces too. Maybe you could get the more costly pieces there at budget prices, and have extra money left over to buy a few new items. Painting would make the biggest impact.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 30, 2018

    Ottoman's with rollers that would fit under your coffee table would offer more storage and a place to kick your feet up. When not in use slide them under the coffee table.

    Shelving units or book cases on either side of the door way leading into the kitchen. That would give you some place for books, pictures and assorted nik naks.

    Some color on the walls.

    Mirrors would reflect more light and make the space seem bigger too.

    Put a corner shelf that reaches all the way to the ceiling instead of the little one.

    Colorful throw covers for the couches that would make cleaning easier and give you a little more life out of them too.


  • Kaye Miller Kaye Miller on Dec 30, 2018

    If you use your same furniture $200.00 is very doable. You just have to think outside the box. Biggest bang for least buck....drop cloths. They can be used for lots of things; can be painted, cut up, used as throes etc. I do not sew so I used them for drapes by folding over about a 17” valance and then used clip rings to hang the drop cloth. Looks great and the rings were the most expensive part. Decorating the walls will warm up the room. Make a wall gallery with empty pictures frames purchased from thrift stores and all spray painted the same color. Add a couple of mirrors to the mix making sure the mirror frames are painted the same as the picture frames. Find a nice broken tree limb, paint and hang on a wall. Stand old shutters on each side of the door to dining room and add a shelf to the shutters for display. Shop for old books to use as risers for tchotchkes. Fill thirsted glass vase with coffee beans and st

  • Kaye Miller Kaye Miller on Dec 30, 2018

    thrifted glass vase with coffee beans and stick Christmas berry stems in vase for some color. Coffee beans will give nice fragrance to room. Hope this helps with budget ideas.

  • Allison Offord Allison Offord on Dec 30, 2018

    Hi Donna,

    You could put some mirrors on the walls it will make the room look larger and more stylish. Pretty couch covers would it make even more prettier and cozy.

  • Lori Lori on Dec 31, 2018

    Lots of very good ideas here! A light cream color on the walls to lighten and brighten, color the accessories so you can change them up when you want a new look or with the seasons (much cheaper that way too. One large rug to anchor the living room; the missmatch smaller rugs break up the space too much. Don't forget to check craigslist for free stuff (even paint!)....and if you have a local chapter of FreeCycle you can get almost anything if you wait for it to be offered. Drop cloths or even flat sheets on clearance are very useful....so much fabric for so little money. Paint or stain can do wonders for nearly anything, even fabric. You can use spray paint called Mirror Effects to make a mirror from almost anything made from glass. One can of that stuff is about $8 but is enough to make several large mirrors from old windows or a lot of mirrored objects to reflect light around the room. There are techniques to make those mirrors look like mercury glass, very easy to do. Personally, I'd eliminate the coffee table as it takes up a lot of precious real estate in a small room...replace with end tables or even a deep shelf for lamps. Stash the ottoman under those when not in use (they can double as extra seating when needed).

    Need more inspiration? Check decorating websites or books from the library. Use your favorite color and things you LOVE. I've read people should be able to know something about you from what they see in the room (my living room shows I love to read, crochet, and quilt as well as love of animals).

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Dec 31, 2018

    Love all these suggestions. Walmart has twin sheets for $5 which make great curtains, pillow covers, etc. I took some white ones once, laid them across my dining table (after covering it with plastic garbage bags) and, because I had nothing else in the house and it was late Saturday night, I stamped the sheets using the cap from a hairspray can which I dipped in leftover wall paint. They turned out well and stayed up for a long time and I'm considering doing it again with a pouncer brush used for stenciling and make polka dots. If you cut a slit ONLY ON THE BACK in each end of the largest hem of the sheet, you can run a cheap curtain rod or dowel through it and hang, letting the other end puddle on the floor. Or if you don't want it on the floor, you can hang the sheet, determine how much to turn up for the bottom end and use iron-on tape or bonding tape to create a hem.

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