How To Update Your Living Room On A Budget

You might be someone who struggles to commit to permanent decor changes or someone who wants a change but doesn’t necessarily have the budget to match. Regardless of where you fall, updating your living room area on a budget is much more straightforward than expected.

When you want to update your bedroom, you could buy wood bed frames and bases to include a more rugged element in the room. The same principles can be applied to your living room. From new rugs to updated lighting, small changes can yield tremendous results.

Include a Coffee Table

Every room needs a centerpiece of some kind to tie all the elements together and give your eyes a point to start surveying the space. Coffee tables are the simplest and most effective items you can get to do just this.

By changing up the materials used, the colors of the table, or the ornaments you have placed on it, you can change the flow of the space and complement the different tones throughout the room.

Add a Rug

Updating your living space can be achieved without painting the walls or recovering your furniture. Sometimes all you need is something as simple as an area rug to bring in a new layer of style and bold color.

If you are not after bright colors and bold patterns, rugs are ideal for giving a room a cozier atmosphere, particularly during the colder months. Assess the area of floor you want to cover and buy a carpet to match that space. It shouldn’t be so large that it overwhelms the other features, but also not too small as it will look strange and out of place.

Reupholster Chairs

If you do have the space in your budget, reupholstering the chairs in your living room can completely change the overall styling. In addition, this is a great way to recycle any old, tired furniture that might be heading for the scrap heap.

You can easily do the upholstering yourself with the material you buy from your local store and a staple gun, but if you don’t entirely trust yourself, it might be worth splurging that little bit extra for someone else. With a bit of research, you will be able to find very reasonably priced places to visit.

Update Lighting

Lighting has the ability to set a mood, make a room feel a lot bigger or smaller than it is, and perfectly illuminate the color scheme you have chosen. To say it significantly affects the overall setting of a room is somewhat of an understatement.

If you want to brighten a dark room, switch out your old bulbs for LED options. Additionally, switch to orange shade bulbs with curved lampshades to better distribute the light if you want softer lighting. Other changes can include swapping out the standing lamps for ceiling fixtures and vice versa.

Add Some Greenery

To modernize your living area, add houseplants into the mix for a fun and healthy addition to your home. Not only will they turn any dull corner or flat surface into something chic and stylish, but nature is also proven to be effective for good mental health.

Add Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a clever way to incorporate bolder patterns and colors you might be a little too hesitant to commit to fully. They act as a wonderful way to contrast and compliment solid furniture pieces and can easily be rotated with the change of the seasons and holidays.

Rearrange Furniture

If you have a very tight budget or don’t want to make any definite changes, a lot can be achieved by rearranging the layout of your room and furniture. If you have had the same set-up for a while or tend to stick with ‘traditional’ structures, opting for something new that is entirely out of the box can be the significant change you were looking for.

It can take a little while to get used to, so don’t be too quick to change things if you feel like the room’s flow has disappeared. Instead, give it a fair chance. But if you genuinely dislike the layout, reset and try something new.

Change Up the Bookshelf

To create another statement piece within your living room for absolutely no cost, rearrange your bookshelf in a new pattern, including various collectibles interspersed between the books. Make sure there is some connection between the pieces, like color or material, to avoid it looking like you just stuck random objects onto a shelf without thought.

Update Artwork

If you feel like you are in a rut and want a quick change, swap out the existing artwork or photo frames for something new and fresh. You can keep the same frames and simply change the photographs within them to keep them budget-friendly. Alternatively, you can paint the frames for something different.

Additionally, you don’t need to spend thousands on fancy artwork either. It can become a fun DIY project for your family, or you can hit thrift stores and second-hand shops for inspiration.



Jeff Campbell