If you are on a budget but still want to change the look of the home, then consider starting with the living room. A general contractor can go over the details that you can change in the room so that it has a new look from the lighting to the flooring and walls. Start with the basic details, such as the painting or changing the flooring, before changing the furniture or adding new accessories. The windows should also be considered when looking at remodeling the living room as this is an area of the home where you want to have as much natural light as possible since you'll be spending the most time here.
If the living room is dingy and doesn't have a lot of color, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Add texture to the walls of the living room with ceiling medallions that are attached and painted over or by using a sponge to create a fun look to the walls. Once you have the color of the walls, you can start looking at the carpet or other types of flooring that you might want to have. Hardwood flooring is ideal if you want something that is easy to keep clean. There are laminate flooring options that give you the hardwood look without spending a lot of money. Go with a lighter color no matter what kind of floor you choose as this will create the illusion of a larger room.
Darker furniture sets the scene, such as black furniture or a dark brown, along with cushions that are light in color that will add depth to the room. Pillows with a graphic design can create a beautiful scene in the living room instead of using simple colors. Your living room might have a perfect plan where all of the furniture is in one place. Take a different approach by putting your furniture in a diagonal position in a corner or changing the angle of the coffee table or the end tables. Don't be afraid to make the living room a fun place to be during the day as this is where you'll share memories with friends and family.