Decorating Your Living Room in a Budget

Only the rich and famous can get away with insurmountable bills  that come with outrageously-priced furniture and home decor; but unfortunately (or fortunately?), most of us are not like them. We usually have a budget to follow, so even if we have a general redecoration project for our living rooms, we have to stick with it. Here’s a few pointers how to keep your decorating expenses low:

Set a budget. If money sources are limited, you must have a budget set.  Of course, this is the most obvious thing to do.  However, to make it all clear, you must understand that your decorating budget must not consist your whole savings. Allocate a budget, which you can afford and not a single dime more.

Plan your decorating scheme. Determine what you REALLY want to do with your living room. List down the color schemes, patterns that are present in the furniture and fixtures that you consider retaining, and set your mind only to that plan. Do not buy anything that is not included in your shopping list, even if it is on sale. If you do this, it is more likely that you end up with unmatched colors and patterns that may force you to repaint a wall that do not need painting, or buy a new set of curtains, etc. This will eventually end up to additional expenses that are way out of your budget.

Call for help. If you really don’t know what you are doing, then maybe it is time to ask for help. It is pointless to engage in a do-it-yourself decorating project if it will just end into a disaster. You can ask the help of some friends who have more experience in decorating.

Never give up. If you are on a budget, then chances are, it will take more time to finish your decorating project. It might be a little frustrating to want something that you know you can’t have, like that expensive couch or the trendy designer paint; but, you must never give in to your wants. Stick to your budget. It does not matter if it take you months to find bargain items and finish decorating. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of discipline to make your budget decorating plan successful.


Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan For Your Living Room


The main purpose of a ceiling fan is to keep a room well-ventilated. Unlike air-conditioners that only chill the air, ceiling fans push the air around, making them ideal for cooling, as well as heating. Many homeowners install ceiling fans in various parts of their homes, such as the living room, where air circulation is prioritized. So, how can you make sure you have the right ceiling fan for your living room? Here are some pointers:

Know the right size. There are many sizes of ceiling fans. The diameter of ceiling fan you should choose depends on the size of the room where you will use it. For instance, if you are using it in your living room, and its area is just 70 square feet, you only need to install around 29-36 inches diameter of fan. For larger rooms, you may need up to 54-inch in diameter or you may have to install a couple of smaller-sized fans to keep the room ventilated.

Mounting options. The ceiling height is another factor in choosing the kind of ceiling fan that is perfect for your living room. Ideally, the fan blades to floor distance should be about 8 feet. For low-ceiling areas, flush mount ceiling fans are the best, while for ceilings higher than 8 feet, the downrod mount is ideal. Most ceiling fans have included downrods, so the only option is to use it or not.

Design. Believe it or not, ceiling fans come in a wide array of designs, colors, and shapes. When choosing a ceiling fan for your living room area, you can opt to keep it simple or choose a set that goes with the overall design of your living room. Ideally, dark stained blades are great for rooms that have light-shaded accents such as white or cream. But, you can also explore on the available designs and colors. Don’t be afraid to play with it and make your ceiling fan the focal point of the area.