There are so many ways to upgrade your living room on a budget. Here a few key factors to take into consideration when you’re working with a tight budget:
1. Know where to cut costs:
Quality is important and should always be factored into key items such as furniture. Couches, for example, see a lot of wear and tear. It’s important to invest here or you’ll find yourself with long-term costs. Accessories, on the other hand, can easily be swapped out when the seasons change or when an item is damaged. Purchase accessories that don’t serve a particular function from places like Amazon, IKEA, and even Wayfair.
2. Do It Yourself (DIY):
There are so many aspects of a home upgrade that can be do-it-yourself friendly. For example, small investments of paint and some elbow grease can go a long way. Start with a new wall color, whether it be bold or neutral, with a slight sheen for visual interest. Update baseboards and trim using paint. You can opt for an accent wall or different color ceiling for a great focal point. You can even give your fireplace a quick refresh by painting it a contrasting color to add some depth.
3. Get creative:
- Upcycle what you can. Go to the dollar store or local thrift shop for accessories. You can take inexpensive accessories and spray paint them a more modern color. Any accessory can fit your color palette this way!
- Grab a coffee or end tables from a local flea market and paint them a neutral color.
- Faux greenery can be expensive. Use that green thumb and grab some seeds from a local nursery to grow your own flowers and indoor plants. It’s an added bonus that it’ll improve air quality as well.
- Print your favorite quotes or artwork with an online printing company. Purchase some inexpensive frames from Amazon and you have a custom created gallery wall for pennies on the dollar.
4. Time it well:
Everyone waits until Spring to tackle their to-do lists and bring some life into their space. But, if you find yourself needing professional assistance with your home upgrade, opt for slower months like during the winter. You’re more likely to negotiate a good price from a tradesperson.
Catch a sale for more expensive items. Area rugs, for example, can be a bit costly but comfort is necessary when you’re walking on it all day long. Wait for peak sale seasons like memorial day, labor day and the holidays to save some money.
5. Use what you have:
Books are great for decoration and nearly everyone has a pile laying around collecting dust. Put them to good use and use them as display items. They’re great for decorating end tables and adding a layered look. Use family photos or your children’s art work as part of a gallery wall. Grab items from your travels to display on the coffee table or part of your wall decor. Even items you collect can make a great focal point. Collect seashells? Fill up a shadow box and frame your favorite finds! Have your grandmother’s precious china that never gets used? Secure it to the wall and let the story speak for itself.
There’s so many great options to upgrade your living room on a budget. These are just a few ways to limit your spending while adding a personal touch.
I hope you found this article helpful!