Clever ways to update your living room without breaking the bank
The living rooms on The Block are always an amazing showcase of interior styling. Here's how you can add a touch of style to your living area.
AGL is powering The Block on Channel 9 in 2019. This year couples will renovate the Oslo Hotel in St Kilda into five top-end, three-storey homes.
Muscle up and move
Without spending a cent, you can transform the feel of your living space simply by moving things around. Channel the ancient practice of feng shui to improve the flow of energy through each zone in your living room. Or simply swap your couch and dining table for a fresh perspective. Whatever you choose, it’s a good workout and may lead to some pleasing results.
From the ground up
Depending on what’s there now and what you aspire to, flooring can be costly to replace if you rip it up and start again. Instead, why don’t you opt for a striking new rug? As well as helping to define different zones in the room, layering up your flooring with a cosy rug has the added bonus of making your living room warmer.
Bring the outside in
Ferns are touted to tip the fiddle leaf fig off the top rung when it comes to “it” plants this year. Whatever your preference, adding some greenery in hanging baskets or big pots is still an absolute winner aesthetically and environmentally. If you’re absolutely not a green thumb, why don’t you add some cushions or a throw rug in some of the hottest colours of the year, hunter or forest green?
Kick back, relax
Buying a new sofa is a big deal. Not only are they a big-ticket budget item, but you sit on it every day so you want to get it right. Whether you can afford a new one or not, head to your favourite furniture stores to give some a test run. Then, if your budget is tight and time is on your side, set some alerts on your favourite online marketplaces and patiently wait for the perfect sofa to come your way. It could save you hundreds of dollars.
Create a temperate zone
You really want to be comfortable in your living room while you kick back on your new couch. Yet you don’t want to waste hundreds of dollars each year heating and cooling the zone, right? Think of ways that you can make the room cooler in summer and warmer in winter without having to rely so much on costly heating and cooling. Those rugs mentioned above are a great start. As are some thicker window coverings to keep the cold air out in winter; or block the hot sun in summer.
Get the latest gadgets
You probably know you can say, “Hey Google, play Life on Mars and turn it up.” Or, “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” and “Alexa, remind me to bring an umbrella this afternoon.” And, bingo, your handy home assistant heeds your call. But did you know you can say, “OK, Google, good night” and, if set up right, it then turns off all the lights, locks the front door, switches off the heating and even plays you a lullaby? These next-level smarts could change the way you live your life.
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