Enlisting your inner designer can help you to update your living room without a lot of cost to you. A few simple tricks can help your furniture look like a million bucks.
Add Nailhead Trim
Nailhead trim is usually found on expensive and well-made furniture for a timeless and classic appearance. You can buy this trim and simply add it to a chair, ottoman, sofa or any other furniture to give it more dimension and style. You can choose from a variety of finishes to suit your style. It is easy to use if you purchase a kit from a fabric store, which includes a strip with pre-drilled holes for the nails. You simply attach the strip to the furniture and use your hammer to insert the nails in the holes for a perfectly spaced product that looks like a million bucks.
You can also update other areas in your living room with this trim. It works well on side tables, desks and chest of drawers as well. You can put in on any type of furniture as a border or you can create an intricate design of any type you wish.
If you aren’t that handy with a hammer, you can enlist the help of an interior decorator to install the nailhead trim for you, as they usually have access to more different finishes from which to choose.
Choose Custom Upholstery
This is one of the most versatile updates you can give your living room because there are literally thousands of patterns, fabrics, and colors available. You can turn a plain piece of furniture into your statement piece in a room. Try replacing a solid fabric with a stripe, or bold solid or any outstanding pattern to draw the eye to it.
The best way to accomplish upholstering your furniture is to get help from a professional, as this isn’t a DIY project. Choose to upholster a sofa, stool or side chair in your living room to breathe some life into your home.
Add Contrast Piping
Professionals often use piping on upholstery to add texture to a piece. It is made from a contrasting piece of fabric and creates a small round channel for decorative purposes on the item. If you have a neutral color sofa, having a professional add a colored piping can add great details at little cost to you. Contrast piping will give any piece you place it on a kick in appearance.
Think Gold Leaf
Any of the variations of gold leaf, such as the silver leaf or aluminum leaf can add a touch of glamour and glitz to any piece of old, boring furniture. This can be a DIY project for you on a lazy weekend when you have the time for it. It can be a bit messy though, so be forewarned.
You wipe the dust off the piece of wooden furniture, such as an end table. This technique does not require removing the finish first. You paint the size (glue) on the surface in a small area with a paintbrush and let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes. It will change from a milky color to clear when it is dry. You remove the sticky backing from the gilt and let the thin layer float down onto the surface, and then smooth it out with a dry brush to remove any wrinkles and air bubbles. Voila! You now have a beautiful piece of furniture that speaks for itself in modern style.
Add New Hardware
Hardware on furniture is much like jewelry that you select to finish an outfit. It can enhance what is already there or it can really make the piece stand out. Your furniture may already have hardware on it, but it has been the same for the entire time you have owned it. You can remove the hardware and replace it with updated pieces.
In most cases, you remove the existing hardware with a screwdriver and replace it with new hardware. You have a large variety of colors, textures and shapes to choose from. Some popular choices are glass, wooden, metallic or a composite material. You can choose any shape you can think of from basic round shapes or rectangular shapes as drawer pulls on side tables. Many of the new and exciting patterns are painted scenery on each piece, such as nautical, oriental or medallions.
You can try to do most of these design hacks in your living room to update it without going to a lot of costs, however, if you are not talented in this area, contact a knowledgeable interior designer to make your living room perfect with only a few new touches.