I’ve finally finished a refresh on my own living room after moving into my brother’s country vacation home last summer. I had a very tiny budget to make this space my own, so I got creative with projects that add a sense of natural serenity and also meaning. As with all of my projects, the aim was to create a serene and comforting space with a low footprint on the earth and the wallet.
First, of course, I painted the walls white with no-VOC paint.
My grey sofa remained the same, with some new cushion covers on throw pillows. BUT, my old IKEA Karlstad chair got a refresh with a
This was a more sustainable and budget-friendly way to update my furniture without buying new. My old Karlstad chair was a grey that clashed with the sofa, but IKEA discontinued the Karlstad line of cushion covers. I thought about shelling out for a new chair, but realized that was silly, since mine was still in perfectly good shape and very comfortable. I needed to make do. That was much easier when I found
That’s also thanks to the four new
One of the other major changes in the room was adding a reclaimed barn board feature wall. It covers up a cheater door into a bathroom on the main floor which was never used, and the wall now adds rustic warmth to the space. It’s also very cool because the boards came from my grandparents’ old farmhouse!
Lots of books, both in a standing bookcase and on a built-in bookshelf around the perimeter of the tray ceiling (my brother’s custom handiwork) add punches of colour and lets my own personality shine through. A vintage chest from my grandfather, used as a coffee table, adds charm.
A gallery wall makes the TV not stand out so much and adds more colour and natural appeal through a pieces of driftwood and botanical prints.
The circle artwork is my own DIY handiwork to save more money and add a little fun.
The console table (another handmade pieces by my brother using reclaimed boards) adds rustic charm and is a great perch for plants in front of the window, as is the DIY hanging wood slice plant shelf in the window. Check back later this week for this DIY.
The sofa end table was a previous thrift store DIY
Of course, I had to add a little more reclaimed barn board with a sconce light hanging bulb and antique cage. PS – they’re available over
Finally, adding a natural fibre jute rug to anchor the space is the finishing touch that I believe almost all living rooms need. It has beautiful warm colouring and is very forgiving to dirt and stains.
This modern natural living room refresh had a very low cost and a low impact on the environment – the only new elements were the rug, which I got from
You can see in the before and after what a difference a little white paint, a good rug, and natural materials can make, right? Keep your refresh simple: you don’t have to spend a lot to achieve an impactful refresh. If you need a little help,
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