Five Tips to Make Over a Family Room For Less Than $1,000

Focus on simple, cost-effective details to make the most impact.

Whether prepping a home to sell or taking
a home makeover room by room, renovations and repairs can be costly and
time-consuming. Adding to that stress is the fact that trends in interior
design can change in what seems like the blink of an eye. It’s important for
homeowners to stay on top of those changing trends to keep homes in
ready-to-sell condition and find simple, cost-effective ways to update rooms to
align with current trends.

Tony Stavish, owner of AW Stavish Designs in Chicago, has been in luxury interior design for more than 35 years and has seen how trends have shifted over the years, particularly in the living and family room spaces.

“For the past 15 years, the idea of a family room has taken priority in the home, with an open floor plan where the dining area, sitting area and kitchen are combined into one room.”

As living rooms have shifted from “sitting rooms” or “a place for company” to family rooms, they’ve become centered on comfort and practicality. This combined look can make it easier to update to current trends as each area blends into the rest.

Stavish offers some quick and easy tips for sprucing up your family room:

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way.

As a first step, Stavish suggests a new paint color for the family room walls. “Pick a strong color that can instantly change the look and feel of a room for a couple hundred dollars.”

Give new life to your furniture.

While they may seem like a thing of the past, Stavish notes that slipcovers are back in style and offer a cost-effective way to completely transform your furniture. In lieu of premade slipcovers, he suggests purchasing reasonably priced, durable fabric and having a local company create custom slipcovers for couches, ottomans and more.

Make your light work for you.

According to Stavish, lighting is an integral part of the look and feel of a room. He suggests adding pools of light in darker areas to add warmth to a room. Swapping out dated, dark lampshades with a crisp, linen shade in a lighter color is another low-cost way to make a room feel fresh and new.

New pillows.

Pick up a few new pillows for your living room couch or chairs – but make sure to buy them in like colors. Mix and match sizes, patterns and textures in a muted color, like gray or beige, for a clean, thoughtful look.

Decluttering is free.

While working with a budget, focusing on making the most impact for the lowest cost is of paramount importance. “A lot of homeowners have a collection of bowls or vases throughout a room, which can lead to a cluttered look. Instead of having items scattered throughout a room, group like items together to create a deliberate and clean look. It doesn’t cost anything to remove the clutter.”

With a little planning, elbow grease and shopping around, homeowners can upgrade a room with luxe touches. Take it step by step and seek out cost-effective ways to make the most impact to your home.