Refresh your living room

Most of us are tightening our financial belts these days. And even if we’re not, it’s good to find ways to refresh your living room without having to splurge on lots of new things.

Establishing key pieces in your living room is the first step. When there’s a sofa that will last for years, and a few items such as side tables and TV stands, this acts as your blank canvas.

zofa’s affordable design tweaks

Even if you don’t want to totally redo the living space, you may be surprised how fresh your room looks after just a few affordable design tweaks. Whether it’s a new paint job or repurposing old furniture, there are plenty of fast, cheap ideas to try.

Audit your living space

Before succumbing to the urge to buy something pretty online, take a step back and really look at what you already have in your living room. Just swapping the layout of your furniture could give the room the feel you’re after.

Try pulling the sofa away from the wall, for example, or totally swapping the position of every piece of furniture. Or, you could repurpose a piece of art from another part of the house as a focal point of the room.

Sometimes, simply decluttering and removing smaller furniture that you don’t use often can make all the difference.

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Repurpose what you already have

Take a good look around the rest of your house or flat. Chances are you have bookshelves, tables, chairs or other pieces of occasional furniture that could be put to better use.

You may just find that an extraneous piece of bedroom furniture is just what the lounge needs. Don’t forget to check in the garage, in the loft or any other storage area to see what’s been forgotten. If you find something that would be great if it was in a different colour, have a look online for some YouTube videos about painting it. The paint job will be cheaper than buying new pieces.

Take a fresh look at art work

If you’d like to brighten up a blank wall and are sick of photos or paintings, maybe a wall hanging would suit. It’s a really quick and affordable way to totally change the look of a room without having to redecorate or change too much.

However, if you have lots of beloved art you still want to display, try rearranging the room so that the focus is away from the TV and onto the feature wall of art. This can change the whole feel of a living room, without spending anything.

Tap into your green fingered potential

Plants are a very affordable way to add some design flair into a living space without spending your whole budget.

Not only do they add freshness and colour, they give a dead space life. You can hunt out some very reasonably priced foliage at places like Ikea, or hit your local garden centre.

No matter how budget friendly the plants are, they won’t look it when they’re placed around your living room. However, the price can creep up if you get carried away, so stick to groups of smaller plants arranged at different heights throughout the room.

Do a spot of DIY painting

One of the simplest ways to change your living room on a budget is to paint it yourself. While you may be eyeing up the expensive ranges of paint, don’t forget that there are loads of good quality lower priced options.

Alternatively, if you have your heart set on that signature colour, go with one accent wall with the rest neutral.

Change the wallpaper

We don’t mean get the decorators in, as that pushes the costs up. Today, there are removable wallpapers that are ideal for people who like to change it up relatively often, or who are renting their property. It really is a game-changer if you’re renting as you can redecorate the whole room to your taste, and simply remove it when you leave – all without losing your deposit.

Make a feature wall pop with a mural

We love the idea of wall murals. Choose a feature wall and spend some time either stencilling your own or getting there faster by choosing a large-scale print. You can find some that are super easy to hang, and that will cover a whole wall.

Get creative with your scatter cushions

Naturally, the team at zofa understand the importance of a great sofa as an addition to every living space. And one of the best ways to freshen up your sofa, without shelling out for a whole new one, is by changing up the scatter cushions.

You can get them in every colour, shape, pattern and style you can think of. Let your imagination run wild and experiment with different textures and themes. This could be enough to make your living room feel brand new.

Get the key pieces of furniture right

Now, we know this blog is about saving money and decorating on a budget, but we also think that it’s important to invest in key pieces up front. Our sofas, tables and chairs are the central focus of our living rooms. Think of them as the set pieces that you build your décor around.

Our advice is always to shell out for that piece – whether it’s a new sofa or made to measure curtains – if you feel the long-term payoff will be worth it. If you really love it and it has transformative power, then it’s probably worth the cash in the long run.

We want you to love the look and feel of your new zofa from the moment you set eyes on it (and sit on it of course). We’ll happily send you a box of fabric samples and who knows, we might throw a little something extra in with it too.

Our Best Sellers

Our sofas, snugglers, stools and scatter cushions are simply the best (there’s a song in there somewhere!). With a lovely range of styles, sizes, colours and fabrics we’re bound to have something for you, your family and even the pets! Here’s just a few of our fan favourites.

Inspiration & Guides

If you need a helping hand with keeping up to date with the latest tips, trends, inspiration and must haves in the world of interior style then look no further, zofa has got you covered.

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