Living room furniture can be pricey, with sofas and couches costing more than $1,000. But you can change the look of your room without having to replace the staples.
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GOBankingRates spoke to interior design pros to get their tips for upgrading your living room on a budget. Here’s how to give your space a whole new feel without breaking the bank.
Add or switch out your rug
You can find affordable rugs on sites like Wayfair and Overstock, and these pieces can make a big impact.
“A new rug can change the entire look of your living room,” says Lisa Modica, interior designer and owner of Cherry Tree Interior Design. “It’s a great way to anchor a new color scheme or just change up the style of the room. Just make sure you get a rug that’s big enough for the room — at least you should be able to touch the front legs of the furniture should be able to fit into your arrangement on it.”
Modica said you can find 9’x13′ rugs for $200 to $300 and 10’x15′ rugs for $300 to $400.
“Sometimes you can find great sales and get $50 to $100 off that price,” she said. “If your floor is not in the best shape, it will have a huge impact on your room.”
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Change your pillows
“Throw pillows are magical,” Modica said. “Grab a few in a few colors and patterns that match your color palette in your room, fluff them on your couches and chairs, and you’re done.”
Modica recommends a minimum of six cushions for couches, four for loveseats, and one or two for chairs.
“A well-placed blanket thrown over the arm of a chair or couch looks great too — and is useful, too!” she added. “If your room is too blah or matchy-matchy, this is an easy way to give it more personality. I like to shop HomeGoods for cheap throw pillows and throws, where I can get great throw pillows for $20 to $30 each and blankets for $25 to $35.”
Add an accent wall
By adding wallpaper, you can easily change the whole feel of your living room.
“Wallpaper is back in and makes a great accent wall,” said Modica. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is perfect for this, especially if you live in a rental. This has a huge impact on any room, but it’s best for rooms that need an extra drastic change. Wallpaper prices vary widely But you can get good peel-and-stick for about $1.50 to $3 per square foot from Home Depot.”
Add cushion covers
You can transform the look of your sofas without spending money to replace them by ordering personalized covers. Modica recommends the Bemz brand, which sells slipcovers made specifically to cover IKEA furniture.
“A slipcover for a three-seater sofa costs between $279 and $500, depending on the fabric,” she said. “You can also get other legs for IKEA furniture from the Pretty Pegs online store if you want a smaller change or want to add something to your slipcover. Those are cheap — usually around $10 to $25 per leg.”
Change the light fixtures
“New light fixtures are great ways to change the look of your room,” Modica said. “If you have dull lamps or not enough light (a common problem), new and more lighting will make your room feel so much better.”
For high ceilings, Modica recommends chandeliers or pendant lights.
“Chandeliers and pendant lights are dramatic,” she said. “If you want a pendant but don’t have the wiring, you can find one that plugs in. Just buy a cord cover from Amazon for about $20.”
“Floor lights in corners that are dark or need task lighting — like near chairs where people sit — help your whole room feel brighter — literally,” Modica continued. “New bulbs can range from $20 to $150 depending on the size of the light. I love IKEA and Wayfair for cheap lighting.”
Give it a fresh coat of paint
“A fresh coat of paint can transform a room from dull to bright,” says Marco Bizzley, certified interior designer at HouseGrail.
Costs vary depending on how big your room is, the type of paint you use and how many gallons you need, but Bizzley said this project can usually be done for a few hundred dollars.
Add new art and decorative items
“Art and accessories can be bought anywhere — from Target to high-end boutiques — to fit your budget and style,” says Allison Smith of Allison Smith Design.
Shop for thrifty furniture
If you want to replace some of the larger pieces of furniture in the room, buying used or thrifted pieces can help you stay within your budget.
“When buying second-hand furniture, there are a few things to keep in mind,” says Dan Wiener, founder of Homedude. “First, make sure the furniture is in good condition. Second, make sure the furniture is the right size for your room. Third, make sure the price is right. And fourth, make sure the style of the furniture matches your interior. You can often find gently used furniture for a fraction of the price of new furniture.”
Bring in some greenery
Adding houseplants or flowers to your living room can instantly take it to the next level.
“Plants are an inexpensive way to upgrade your living space,” says Stefan Bucur, founder of The Rhythm of the Home. “They provide fresh greenery and liveliness.”
Also buy some stylish flower pots.
“Upgrade the pots and stands from the store’s plastic container,” Bucur said.
Tidying up and organizing
“A cluttered area always looks less impressive than an organized area,” Bucur said. “Having dedicated storage for things will make your home look better. Baskets, fabric bins, and wooden boxes can be great, inexpensive solutions for storage.”
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