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Whatever your style, the lounge is often said to be the heart of a home. It should be a cosy, inviting place where you can sit back and relax, whether it is with a welcoming fireplace and comfortable armchairs and sofas, a shabby chic feel, or a minimalist style warmed up with a sheepskin rug or two.

Sofa shops offer a variety of armchair and sofa styles, from classic to bang on trend, in a choice of fabrics and colours that can create the focal point of your lounge. Regardless of current trends and whether your taste is for ultra-modern chic or more traditional décor, it is eminently do-able to revamp your lounge or living space on a budget and without doing major renovations. Use your imagination and trust your instincts, and you can transform a tired looking lounge into a gorgeous space that you will want to spend time in. In this era of make-do and mend, and with vintage style being perennially popular, a simple way of revamping your lounge is to check out car boot sales, charity shops or auctions for cheap bargains. One person’s discarded coffee table or filing cabinet could be the key piece that brings your living room together, and it may simply need a lick of paint or new handles to give it an updated look.

Colour and lighting are key factors in transforming the look of your lounge. Consider the space of your lounge; if you want a cosy feel, then dark colours can work surprisingly well, with slate or French grey painted walls providing a smart yet neutral backdrop. Take into account the lighting too; if the room is north facing, it may need brightening with lamps or spotlights. Don’t be afraid of bold colours if they are what you love, and incorporate bright walls and clashing furnishings for a vibrant look. Reupholster soft furnishings, add cushions and be creative with wall art to transform your lounge on a budget. Simple paint techniques go a long way, and tired wooden floors can be sanded or painted to instantly revamp the space. Modern life is busy and can be messy, so decluttering your lounge can be crucial in obtaining a lovely serene feel. Be ruthless with your rubbish and throw away or edit piles of newspapers and magazines, and invest in cheap storage to hide any toys or DVDs.

At the heart of any lounge is the sofa, and if you are to invest in one piece of furniture to totally update this room, then the sofa is it. Simple white walls and wooden furniture provide a perfect backdrop for a sofa in jewel or acid colours; try Sofa Workshop for beautiful and affordable designs. The eminent Victorian textile designer and artist William Morris famously said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This is an adage that still applies to the principle of interior design to this day, and one to stick to when looking to update your lounge into a beautiful and comfortable living space.