So, if you’ve just moved into your new American home and would like to decorate your living room to resemble the average American dream living room then you’ve come to the right place. In today’s economy, the very thought of decorating a new house can cause us to twinge at the cost, but here are a few tips on how to get your living room done on a budget!
Being an American, homes are always important because that is where the family gathers to spend time, create memories and bond over everyday things.
The living room especially is where everyone meets, when the children are not locked away in their rooms and it is also where the guests are usually entertained.
What you need to do first, is to think about how much you are willing to spend, so draw up a budget and remember that the better quality you buy, the longer it will last!
Pick out your furniture based on your own preference, are you into a traditional and old American style or would you like something modern?
If it’s the old stuff that you like, go for wicker chairs and wood furniture, preferably oak.
Pick out a nice table for the center, and get matching chairs to go around it with some cool rustic lights, lamps and all of that.
Most American homes today are usually decorated with the modern touch, so if that’s what you want, then flip through magazines or check out some showrooms to get the feel of the house you would like.
Start with the walls first, color must work in a complementary fashion with the character of your living room. You can go with something rich or a softer hue, it’s all up to you. Soft reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows make great colors for a living room because it gives a welcoming feel and can create a cozy feel to your home as well.
When the walls are done, think about furniture. First, you would need a comfy sofa set, the most basic being a set with three seats, two seats, and a single seat.
Pick something that is large and comfortable enough to spend a lazy day on, but of good quality so that it doesn’t wear off to fast. You would also want to make it leather so it will be easy to clean when the kids make a mess or so.
Once you’re done putting your furniture in order, think about the details next. Average American homes have got pictures on the walls, mantle tops and all of that. So frame up your best family and friends pictures and pick out a few gorgeous paintings for the walls.
In addition to that, look for a lamp for that warm glow, add a potted plant for your coffee table and invest in some cushions to make the sofas more comfortable. If you have guests over pretty often or kids at home, you can add a bean bag to the floors and don’t forget to get a few rugs as well.
You don’t have to spend so much on these details. Instead of going to big stores, visit the little thrift stores, vintage shops or secondhand stores in your neighborhood and you’d be amazed at all the little American home accessories you can find!