One of the most disenfranchising facts for interior designers everywhere is that only 20% of Americans feel happy with their home decor, according to a HomeGoods survey. Feeling good about one’s living environment is essential. But contrary to popular belief, you can find design-based inner peace on a budget. Here are some feng shui tips that won’t break the bank.
- Laminate Flooring: There’s an eternal debate roaring in the design world. Hardwood floors or laminate floors? On one side, you find the purists who prefer hardwood. On the other, more practical side, you find supporters of laminate floors. While laminate is less expensive, only discerning eyes will be able to spot the difference between the two. And although wood is one of feng shui’s hallmarks, a high-quality laminate will certainly fit the bill.
- Accent Lighting: One surefire way to make your wall hangings and interesting keepsake items stand out is by using accent lighting. A few lamps placed with purpose can elevate your living room to a place people love to hang out. Plus, having excellent lighting is one of the main elements of feng shui.
- Discount Area Rugs: There are many living room furniture stores that have a clearance section. While these can be hit or miss, any area rugs you find on sale could cut costs significantly for your living room makeover endeavor. A good area rug can help balance a space and help you feel calm throughout the year.
- Thrift Store Finds: Thrift stores are everyone’s friend. You can find all different kinds of kooky trinkets and pretty paintings. This is the least expensive way to find cool decorations that are also unique. The only drawback is that some thrift stores are a total bust and you won’t find anything you like. Persistence is key; finding an item that will bring you joy is the goal. Just make sure to eliminate any unnecessary clutter, as feng shui is all about harmonious, simple energy.
- Space and Flow: When it comes to putting it all together, you want to picture the room in use. How will it feel it live daily life with this room the way you’ve decided to decorate it? When in doubt, take a minimalist approach and leave more space than you think you need. You can always add, but subtracting is more difficult.
A well-designed living room takes time and planning. You must scope out the best deals from a variety of places. Once you find these things, you need to somehow assemble them into an ordered and flowing design. It can be difficult at times, but since your environment affects your happiness, it will be worth it.