The living room is the beating heart of every home. This space—usually connected to the kitchen and having a large open area—is where you gather your family, bond over food, and entertain guests. Sometimes, it doubles as a home office or playroom, too. Furnishing this place can be fun, but quite a challenge, too, with all the possibilities to make it look warmer and more inviting. 

As we start a new year, there’s never been a better time to turn your home into a space you love. Continue reading as we share ways to refresh your living room on a budget. 

Update Your Living Room For Less With These Tips 

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You don’t have to undergo a total renovation or even spend too much to give your space a new look. Sometimes, all it takes is a little re-arrangement, tidying up, and working with things that you already have. 

Clear away clutter and get rid of the things that don’t belong there. Arrange your furniture in a different layout and in a way that remains conducive to conversation. You also want to rearrange your accessories and any artwork on your wall, too. 

Additionally, you can also add a little extra life to the space by bringing the outside in. Fill an empty corner with some plants; natural grasses or dried flowers should work just as well. 

Under $250 

If you have the budget, you can splurge a little by updating some of your accent furniture items or maybe introduce a new one. Living room chairs can provide a much-needed additional seating while adding style, color, and texture to the room. It is both a functional and decorative furniture item—some are even designed to encourage good posture and relieve musculoskeletal problems including back pain, neck stiffness, or leg cramps, to name a few. Even better, you can find one that’s under $250. 

Apart from that, you can also refurbish your existing furniture pieces to update them and breathe new life into them. Wax your wooden furniture, spray paint them, stain them, replace their hardware, or swap out their legs—the options are endless! 

Under $500 

One can’t stress enough how new photos and artwork can make a difference in a space. You can change the photos on display or give the existing ones a fresh new spin by changing the picture frame. You can also mix in a few artworks. These days, various online shops offer artworks in printable forms for cheap. 

Alternatively, if you’re not up for artwork, you can also look into updating the other aspects of the living room such as the lighting. Place a floor lamp or table lamp to soften the lighting in your living room and at the same time, add more light sources in the space. You can also add area rugs, replace curtains, and update throw pillows and blankets. 

Over $500 

With over $500 to spend on a living room update, then you probably don’t have to read this article at all. But, regardless, you can look into giving your living room a fresh coat of paint and doing all the things mentioned above. 

Keep in mind, however, that the more leeway you have, the more you are at risk of making the biggest decorating mistakes. With that said, we are concluding with some of the most common mistakes to avoid when updating your living room. 

Living Room Design Mistakes to Avoid 

  • Selecting the wrong furniture. Furniture items that are either too small or too big, inappropriate for your interior design, or just uncomfortable fall under the wrong furniture category. Keep in mind these things when you’re out shopping for new furniture, whether that be as simple as a living room chair. 
  • Mixing and matching everything. Matching furniture is easy and safe. But, it can also become boring, making your living room look like it’s straight off the showroom. Mix and match elements in the space to create an interesting and individualized room. 
  • Using rugs that are either too big or too small. A rug too small can look like it’s floating in the room; too big and it can easily overpower the room, making it look smaller than it is. Keep your area rugs understated and let the rest of the furniture and accents speak for themselves. 
  • Planning your layout poorly. When you think of living rooms, you probably think of having two small sofas facing a large couch and a coffee table in the middle. This doesn’t have to be the case when there are plenty of inspirations online. You only have to make sure that the layout inspires conversation.
  • Forgetting to measure. This summarizes the mistakes mentioned above and as such, measuring your space as well as the furniture that you want to bring in is one indispensable trick when it comes to decorating your living room. 
  • Over-decorating. Less is more. This much is true in today’s age of minimalism. Consistently edit your space to avoid over-decorating and as Marie Kondo would say, keep only what sparks joy

Takeaway 

A few changes in the layout, furniture, and accessories can make a great difference to your living room without taking a hit to your budget. You may find that some of your furniture items only need updating and you’ll be surprised at how much it can save you more money than investing in new ones. 

Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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