While your kitchen might be the heart of your home, your living room is where you spend the majority of your time. It only makes sense for it to both feel and look good. Unfortunately, with your busy schedule and tight budget, you haven’t given much thought to upgrading your living space.
As summer gives way to autumn, now is the perfect time to change up your living room’s look, taking it into its own new style season. The question is how exactly do you decorate a living room on a budget?
Here’s a rundown on how to give your living room a fresh look that you can enjoy for many months to come.
Incorporate Natural Elements into Your Living Room
One of the best moves you can make to spruce up your most frequently used room is to add natural elements to your living room. Plants work well because they essentially add scriptural elements to living spaces. To maximize your greenery, choose inexpensive nursery plants that have colorful foliage or intriguing leaf shapes to liven up your living room. Even some dried stems or natural grasses from your yard can work wonders if placed in a classy vase.
If your living room contains a coffee table, consider placing a beautiful potted plant on the table to serve as its centerpiece. You can also fill one of your room’s empty corners with a luscious hanging plant. If you don’t get much natural light in the room, consider adding faux plants instead.
Let There Be Light
The types of lights you incorporate into your living room can also make a major difference in the room’s ambiance. Ideally, you want your room to feature layers of light, as these layers will bounce illumination across the space and get rid of any shadows in your corners. Incorporating light into your decor not only looks good, but it also boosts your mood.
For instance, allow a metal chandelier to supply your room’s overall light. Then, let twin sconces serve as soft accent lights to help define their area of the room. Finally, consider adding a floor lamp near a chair or sofa to offer helpful task lighting — perfect for those nights spent working on crossword puzzles or typing by lamplight. None of these light options are budget busters, so they’re an affordable way to lighten up your room.
Add New, Affordable Furniture to Your Living Room
Adding just a handful of statement pieces to your living room is another quick and easy way to make this room stylish. Affordable living room furniture may range from a gorgeous blue velvet sofa that will set you back just a few hundred dollars to a classy fireplace log holder that will complement your fireplace for less than a hundred dollars.
If you purchase new living room furniture, like a couch, try to stick with furnishings whose finishes or fabrics are impactful and eye-catching. Any furnishing with a bold pop of color will instantly add to your room in a subtly dramatic fashion and turn heads for all the right reasons.
Personalize Your Space
Yet another way to decorate a living room on a budget is to add inexpensive wall art featuring images and quotes that reflect your personality and style. For instance, consider hanging up personalized wall art. This is an excellent strategy for giving your living room a new vibe while simultaneously making the space more you.
Alternatively, consider incorporating items that showcase your cherished memories, hobbies, and travels, as these will make the room feel even more special. Even genealogical charts, family heirlooms, or photo collages of your friends and family can help enhance your space at a minimal cost.
Grab a Paint Brush
Finally, apply a fresh coat of inexpensive paint to your living room walls to completely transform it. The paint available at your local department store is budget friendly and easy for any DIY decorator to use. Note that, aside from walls, paint can be used to refresh an old floor or even your living space’s classic architectural features. Be sure to choose a paint hue that complements your room’s new decor.
Take Your Living Room’s Style to the Next Level for Less
Creating a beautiful living room space can no doubt feel like a massive project. Fortunately, decorating your living room in a way that will captivate every resident and guest does not have to break the bank.
By investing in some quality yet affordable pieces, adding a little paint to the walls, and refreshing the walls with your own personalized art, you can quickly and affordably transform your living room into your own sanctuary. Elevate your living room’s style at a price that both you and your wallet will love!
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.