How to Decorate a Living Room on a Budget

Vase of Flowers on Living Room table - Homemaking Organized

Vase of Flowers on Living Room table - Homemaking Organized

When you want to decorate your living room and you go shopping for furnishings for your home you may quickly realize that learning to decorate on a budget might be a good idea. All the little things that make a house a reflection of your style can quickly add up and it helps to know how to keep this price down.

Since we moved into our home 4 years ago we've done precious little decorating. Fear of failure, not knowing where to start, and limited funds have all played a part in this.

But it's time! The living room needs help but I can only do this on a budget. How about you?

Maybe you're in the same boat I'm in. Are you are just starting out in a new home?  Maybe you would like to revive that old tired space.  Decorating any room, and especially the living room can be a real challenge. It can be even more of a challenge when you only have a small budget to work with…like me.

It's my goal to figure out how to decorate a living room on a budget.

The biggest hurdle that we face is how to get a look that expresses our style, without spending a fortune. But maybe, by looking at the items you already have in a different way, you can create a cozy living room for next to nothing.

I've listed a number of decorating tips, some you may know, some you may not know, which should help you turn a drab living room into a warm and friendly place where everyone loves to gather.

7  Ways to Decorate Your Living Room on a Budget

1. Paint

We haven't done this yet but we've been talking about it. The idea is to paint one wall using your favorite color, and make this the focal point of the room. Some call it an “accent wall”.  Then hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have made yourself). In fact my mother has already painted a lovely scenery piece for me to place in the living room. I'll be hanging it soon.

2. Use an Area Rug

This is a great way to define an area and complement the décor of your living room. Place it in a central location where your seating is situated. Some people even add a patterned rug on top of neutral carpeting. I'm still thinking about that one. I've seen it done well. Don't forget your large cushions!

3. Pictures & Mirrors

I learned this tip from a friend. Including a mirror in a room creates the illusion of more space in a room because of the light reflecting off it and it makes the room brighter. Also, when hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect either a nice view, or an interesting architectural element of the room. As for pictures, hang those which most reflect your personality. If you can pull it off (not all can), try frames that are more ornate.

4. Lighting

Replace lamps, as these are one thing that will provide clues to your room being outdated. Yeah, my room is outdated. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the lampshade instead. You can pick these up for a low price at places like TJ Maxx and the Home Store. New Lamp Shades can make a huge difference. And if you look for tutorials on Youtube painting a lamp base is another  great way for a new look without the big cost.

Finally! A Designer You Can Afford.

5. Coffee Table

If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative throw rug. Or if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then why not consider tiling the top of it with mosaic tiles or colored glass instead? Also your coffee table does not necessarily need to be one that was made for that purpose. Check around your house and see if you be creative with a piece you already own.

6. Rearrange the Furniture

But do not think square; instead, put your furniture at an angle. By doing this you are giving a whole new look to the layout of your room and is much more inexpensive than going out and buying new furniture

Also, pay attention to the floor space that you have left and use it. You could actually get some scatter cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.

7. Plants

Use plants to add freshness and impact to the décor of your room, and if placed strategically, will hide any ugly flaws in a room. If you have a space that won't grow plants well consider a silk plant instead. I did.

Finally, if you do not need it, then remove it. You can either donate it to your local charity, or ask a family member or friend if they could use it. By de-cluttering your living room, you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a whole new look.

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