How to Update Your Living Room on a Budget

Update 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
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.

Furniture Options For Small Living Rooms

Furniture Options For Small Living Rooms

Furniture Options For Small Living Rooms

Small living rooms can be tricky because they have so little to work with. There are no big pieces of furniture like a couch or love seat to draw the eye, and there are virtually no storage spaces in the space, unless the area is quite narrow. However, there are ways to create an inviting environment for those who want to call their home a home. Here are some small living room ideas to get you started.

Small Living Rooms
Small Living Rooms

Many interior designers will recommend painting the walls in light colors to increase the illusion of space using reflective surfaces. This is especially true when you are going with a white background. Another way to create visual balance is to use similar shades or hues for the textiles and rugs on the floor space using a white or cream color. If you use too much color in the floor space using a bright color, this may cause the small living rooms to appear smaller because it makes the space look as if it is filled up with a lot of different color. Again, it is important to maintain the same tone throughout the interior to create an interior that meshes well with the furnishings.

The use of window treatments are also helpful in small living rooms.

Most window treatments are done in sheer fabrics in order to allow plenty of natural light in the area, which makes it cozy and pleasant. However, there are also blinds, sheers, or shades that you can use instead to block out all of the sunlight but provide complete privacy when you are not using them. If you are going with sheer window treatments, make sure that they are the same thickness all around rather than being a different depth throughout the design.

One of the easiest and most effective small living rooms ideas is a cosy corner sofa that is done in an earth tone color. A black leather sofa would be the perfect choice because it blends perfectly with any earth tone colored floors and walls, and it also allows you to create the illusion of a larger space even though it is actually very small. Once you have chosen your sofa, you will want to add a few cushions. One great option for cushions for a corner sofa is the felt pads that you can get from your local Home Depot or Lowes department store. Some people even find sheepskin cushions to be quite cosy and warm, and they make great options if you are trying to create a very cosy environment without sacrificing any space.

Another idea for cosy small spaced rooms is to choose some interesting and unique furniture that goes with the theme that you have picked out. For example, if you are going for a more romantic theme, then it is a good idea to pick out some candles and candleholders that have lace wraps or ribbon details. This can be combined with a few cushions and it can be turned into a very romantic space. However, it is not recommended for rooms where you would like to create a more somber ambiance since the general design of most candles is quite spooky.

Something else that can help you get a feel for how you can use small living room designs is by checking out some magazines or visiting a few websites that have interior design ideas for homes. Often, these designs will be more geared towards creating more space and creating the illusion of a larger space. However, there are some amazing designs that allow you to really expand your ability to utilize the space in your residence without having to go through a lot of renovations or construction. These designs will not necessarily be expensive either.

The last thing that you need to be focusing on when you are working on small living spaces is making sure that you get the best quality furniture possible. You should always remember that the furniture is what is going to give your home character, so it is important that you take your time in picking out the right pieces. One way that you can take care of this is by shopping at your local furniture stores. Often, they can help you pick out furniture that will fit your residence so that you do not have to worry about making changes after you buy it. Also, this will give you the opportunity to check out what is available as far as furnitures for your home.

If you are not happy with the furniture and lighting fixtures that you found at the store, then you will certainly want to check them out online as well. The Internet can provide you with some wonderful options for your condo living area, and they may surprise you. Remember that the goal is to make your living space comfortable and inviting, so remember to spend plenty of time getting everything put together. Of course, before you begin your project, you will need to plan out the entire layout so that you know where everything will go once you begin. By taking your time, you will find that it is quite easy to furnish your living space properly and make it your very own personal haven that you will enjoy for years to come.