How to Update Your Living Room on a Budget

Updating your living room doesn’t have to be expensive. Get crafty and create your own decor, refresh your current furniture or cover up with throws and cushions rather than replace.

Try your hand at creating your own unique art.

Make your DIY craft look professional in a simple affordable frame. This doesn’t have to be complicated and one of the benefits of doing this is that the colours can be matched perfectly to your decor. 

You don’t have to be artistic or stock up on art supplies, the clever art below by Beautifully Candid is simply framed wallpaper.

cheap easy diy wall art
Decorate the walls with framed wall paper.
Image credit : Beautifully Candid

Layer throw rugs & cushions rather than replacing your sofa.

The style of the room can be completely transformed by adding a single contrasting colour and adding cushions in a range of textures in different shades and sizes.

Update living room on a budget
Add accessories in a contrasting colour with a range of textures to
update your living room.
Update your living room with cushions
These faux leather and canvas throw cushions can be used to
style a boho themed living room or farmhouse themed room.

How to Drape a Throw Rug on a Couch

1. Relaxed & Carefree

For small throws lay them outstretch over the back and armrest of the sofa allowing some gentle folds. Don’t stretch it out like your trying to hide the sofa!

For larger throws and blankets roughly fold them in half first then arrange across one end of the couch and let it drape to the floor.

how to arrange throws and cushions on a sofa
Handmade pompom blanket available on Etsy by Malika of
Marrake Shopping.

If you have a chaise or daybed lay bunch up the throw lengthways and lay diagonally.

Throw blanket on couch ideas

2. Folded, Prim & Proper

Fold the throw into half or thirds and lay over the arm rest or back of the sofa. This is a good way to show off a throw with tassels, have them hanging down over the armrest or facing outwards on the backrest of the couch.

3. Furnishings Basket

This is easy and practical, just use a feature basket to sling the throw rugs in. Add to the theme of the room by using a straw woven basket or metallic geometric basket.

Throw rug basket
Try a cotton rope storage basket for
storing throw blankets and cushions.

Make your own TV cabinet by giving a second hand piece of furniture a facelift

It’s awesome what some sand paper and a tin of paint can do!

This upcycled TV cabinet was a covid lockdown project for two sisters in the UK.  They sanded back the cabinet, painted and used two $2 seagrass matts from Bunnings to create rattan look doors.

Add plants & DIY grass mat pot covers

On the topic of $2 seagrass door mats, this is one of my favourite hacks that I’ve personally attempted for my lounge room. These beautiful bohemian planter covers are crafted by Alicia Curtis, she uses jute string for threading the doormats together and creating tassels.

Adding plants to the living room literally brings the space to life

The most wonderfully neglect-proof plants are succulents. They come in deep greens to light blues and red and require minimal water or care. I also love devils ivy, pop a cutting in a jar of water and just let it do its thing!

Both succulents and devils ivy can be easily propigated so if you have a neighbor or friend ask for a cutting.

Once your cutting is established you can propagate more for zero cost!

Ways to update your living room on a budget
Seagrass pot plant cover for updating your living room on a
budget.
Side tables to update lounge room on a budget
Wood look side table

Add a stylish and handy coffee table 

Liven up a plain living room with stylish side tables. They are practical and compact so they’re good for apartments with limited space. A larger coffee table would obstruct the flow of the room.

For more interior design inspiration, take a look at our Top 4 Interior Design Trends for 2021.