Family Room Ideas On A Budget

Family Room Ideas On A Budget

The other side of the family room needed help, too. To keep the family room makeover budget-friendly, Saint-Onge scoured her house for potential pieces to relocate to the ailing family room. He added a coffee table and rug from the formal living room to the sofa, blue armchair with ottoman, a pair of wicker chairs, and a white occasional table already in the family room.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

Before: Bare and Boring The other side of the family room needed help, too. To keep the family room makeover budget-friendly, Saint-Onge scoured her house for potential pieces to relocate to the ailing family room. He added a coffee table and rug from the formal living room to the sofa, blue armchair with ottoman, a pair of wicker chairs, and a white occasional table already in the family room.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

When it comes to decorating inspiration, a photo is definitely worth a thousand words. Visit this living room photo galleries below to find ideas that you can imitate or use these living room photos to inspire your own creative ideas. When you are looking for living room ideas on a budget, find one or two items or layouts that you like and then emulate that. Some of the cheapest routes for big design impacts can be paint and wallpaper.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

Whether you call it a living room, family room, gathering room or den, what we do most in this space in our homes is live. Our living room design ideas will help you make your living room more than just livable, but also an enjoyable and relaxing place for you and your family and friends to be.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

Homeowner Merrie Frisch was tired of her unfinished family room. The walls were bare and lifeless. The layout was uninspired and lacked pizzazz. Bottom line: The room had no personality. Frisch wanted her family room to be a welcoming space where she could spend time with her husband and daughter. She turned to Stephen Saint-Onge to transform her incomplete room into a cozy, family-friendly space. The room’s features — vaulted ceiling, hardwood floor, and upholstered furniture — provided a good starting point for the makeover.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

These are some great ideas for adding more than décor to a family room…it’s about interjecting your family into the spaces you inhabit. None of these ideas cost but a few dollars, and many of them are free for the use of your creative mind! Make your family spaces rooms that you will all remember as places where life was lived, and memories made.
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

1. Color your world! Don’t be shy about adding color to the walls of your rooms. Family oriented rooms tend to be busy, sometimes crowded spaces, so I recommend some calming colors to create more restful retreats. Blues, greens, and neutrals rate here. However, if you have a high-energy family, go with the flow, and bring in some yellow, terra cotta, or even lime green! Paint makes a dramatic impact in as little as one afternoon, for a pretty low cost. If you are wondering what the colors will look like in your room, check out the online personal color viewer at www.benjaminmoore.com. Check out Personal Creations for great, budget room accents! Terrific selection!
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Family Room Ideas On A Budget

4. Create some personal accessories for your family spaces that celebrate who you are as a group. No, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars having a family portrait painted to hang over the fireplace! Print out pics of each member of the family in black and white, then hang them in matching black or white frames gallery style as a group on one wall. Frame those special family moments to share with your guests…a wedding or graduation invitation, love letters your grandfather sent your grandmother during the war, “secret” family recipes, or one piece of treasured childhood artwork from each of your children or grandchildren. Forget those time-consuming photo albums…set a bunch of snapshots out in a pretty basket you picked up at the dollar shop. You’ll be shocked at how often you catch your own kids musing through them! Want a really interesting conversation piece? Print out family candid snapshots on regular paper, then use polyurethane to decoupage them onto a tabletop, cupboard door, or even a whole wall! Slightly overlap each photo, and then seal the whole top with a final coat of polyurethane to protect. What a collage!
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It's not only what you put in a living room, it's also where you put it. There are tips for arranging furniture to help maximize the space. From choosing furnishings for your living room to living room furniture arrangement, you can create a fabulous, furnished living space on a budget — with ease!
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Julia, months ago I actually saved the picture of your living room/family room on my decorating folder/picture file. I loved it so much because it felt like a real room, that was comfortable and so pretty to look at. I have looked at that picture several times thinking you really had the right chemistry with all the furniture, shelves, pictures, etc. My picture has your room with fall pumpkin or orange pillows! hahaha….I love it. Great job. I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing all the inspiration. Keep it up girl! Blessings, Debbie .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Cross stitch Watermelon Pillow =-.
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Saint-Onge filled the rest of the room with inexpensive retail buys to up the room’s style but keep the price down. He chose pieces that would make a big impact, such as the striped armchair, media storage, curtain panels, picture ledge, cushions, and pedestal side table. This setup around the door makes coming and going from the room enjoyable.Editor’s Tip: Saint-Onge added a window treatment to the French doors. Adding drapery panels to a doorway softens the space and can add color and pattern to the room.
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Saint-Onge found the coffee table and rug in the formal living room and repurposed them for the family room — the new environment gives the furniture a fresh look. The nautical decor — seashells, baskets, and decorative ships — creates a beachy theme. The homeowner asked Saint-Onge to include photos of her daughter in the room. He took digital photos of her, printed them in varying sizes, and leaned the framed photographs on a picture ledge.
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Added Innovation Saint-Onge found the coffee table and rug in the formal living room and repurposed them for the family room — the new environment gives the furniture a fresh look. The nautical decor — seashells, baskets, and decorative ships — creates a beachy theme. The homeowner asked Saint-Onge to include photos of her daughter in the room. He took digital photos of her, printed them in varying sizes, and leaned the framed photographs on a picture ledge.
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After: Welcoming Family Room Saint-Onge thought the room just needed a few finishing touches, such as a brighter palette, more furniture, and a bit of rearranging. He chose a blue-and-yellow palette and inexpensive wooden pieces. He also borrowed furniture from other parts of the house to keep the cost down. The TV cabinet provides extra storage space to keep the family’s items organized. Saint-Onge pushed the seating areas closer together to encourage conversation and make it easy to play games or share snacks.
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2. Let the sun shine in! Most family oriented spaces don’t demand the privacy that a bedroom or bath would, so strip off those curtains and blinds and see the light! It makes the room look bigger (always a plus when the whole family is there!) and the extra light really brightens the mood in the room. If some nighttime privacy or light control is needed, such as in a TV viewing area, make sure the curtains or blinds are hung totally clear of the window so that when they are drawn, they don’t block out any of the light. To bring focus to windows with no treatments, use a stenciled or wallpaper border around each window casing. And you thought those window treatments would be expensive! Who needs ‘em!
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Julia, love your room when I first saw it! You did great shopping on a budget. I didn’t get my post together, but I’ve done pretty well on all my rooms too. Love your toile and adding in the blue & yellow is so pretty for summer. You did great, girl! .-= Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality´s last blog ..More Estate Sales =-.
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Saint-Onge filled the rest of the room with inexpensive retail buys to up the room’s style but keep the price down. He chose pieces that would make a big impact, such as the striped armchair, media storage, curtain panels, picture ledge, cushions, and pedestal side table. This setup around the door makes coming and going from the room enjoyable.
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“I always like a tiny bit of red in a room,” says Kathryn M. Ireland. “It could be on a lampshade or even in a painting.” Here, in a Cape Cod family room, it appears on the tablecloth, in Ireland’s Keltic Stripe linen in Aubergine. It’s also on the seat cushions, in her Wildflowers linen, of the Lloyd Loom chairs. The wallcovering is Ireland’s Duden Lodge in Blue and the floors are painted in Snow Sky by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint.

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