The living room is arguably the best place to express your creativity and style. It gets lots of foot traffic as it’s the place in your home where you spend considerable time relaxing and entertaining guests.
But if you feel like your living room doesn’t reflect you and your family’s personality, don’t stress! The living room is actually one of the easiest and most cost-effective rooms to revamp, as long as you’re not taking down walls, rebuilding it from scratch, or installing cabinetry.
We asked designers and real estate experts to share their best ideas for refreshing your living room for $1,000 or less—no special tools or skills are required.
1. Exalt your space with crown molding
Decorative trims like crown molding will give your living room a look of elegance. And, believe it or not, achieving this elegance is relatively affordable.
“If you are looking to upgrade your living room without breaking the break, installing decorative crown molding is the easiest and most cost-effective way to do it,” says Todd Saunders, CEO of Flooring Stores. “An average-sized living room will cost between $500 and $800, including labor.”