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Give your living room a facelift this fall

Date posted:  10/31/16 09:00:00 AM Living room

A change in season is a good time to freshen up various aspects of your life. Whether you purchase new seasonal clothing, style your hair differently or decide to take on a hobby, trying something new when another season starts is always fun.

If you are growing tired of your living room décor or think it could use a pick-me-up, check out these tips for refreshing this area of the home:

Set a budget
Before you take on any project, establish your budget. Keep in mind that you don't need to spend a lot to make a huge difference in the space, noted My Home Ideas. Set aside only the amount you are comfortable spending, and make sure you give yourself a little wiggle room in case something goes over budget.

Know your vision
Ask yourself what you want in your new living space. Are you looking for a more modern look, or something cozy and chic? Try to outline your vision and work within those boundaries, whether it's specific color palettes or furniture designs. Consider setting up a Pinterest board to organize the designs and decorations you appreciate the most. You can also use these for inspiration as you work toward your unique style.

You'll also want to balance style with practicality. Does your vision fit your budget? Does it fit your lifestyle? For example, if you have children, a glass coffee table might look nice, but it could be problematic for a home with young ones.

Mapping out your timeline is a great way to ensure you don't spend too much money. Parse out changes and investments you make in the new space. In addition, you may be able to spend a little more if you spread your updates out over the course of a few months. 

Clean house
You'd be surprised how much reducing clutter can give a room a new vibe. When revamping your living room, separate furniture and other décor into items you want to keep in your new space, and items you are all right parting with. This will make room for any new additions. Also, you can sell furniture and decorations and use the profit to fund your new design.

Before you decide to sell or throw away anything, ask yourself if it can be repurposed. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a piece, so keep this in mind when sorting.

The magic of paint
Just as a paint job can renew furniture, it can also breathe new life into any room. Head to the hardware store and select a shade that works with your vision. If you are feeling daring, consider adding a bold, accent wall to liven the place up.

Fall is a great time to shop for paint as there are often discounts. Be on the lookout for any deals and consider subscribing to an email list or two to receive coupons.

Unexpected gems
Before shopping, Apartment Therapy suggested going through the other rooms in your home and seeing if there are any decorations or pieces of furniture you can reuse in your refreshed living room.

Make sure to check your closets as there might be some gems hiding in storage.

You also should schedule a few trips to flea markets, garage sales and antique stores to look for new pieces that won't cost a great deal of money. A little hunting will help you stay within your budget while also ensuring your living room gets a fresh new look.