Furnishing and decorating an entire living room can be an expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways you can personalize your space on a tight budget without creating a space that looks or feels cheap. Today we’re sharing 7 budget friendly ideas for putting together a fabulous living room that you’ll be excited to spend time in.
1. Personalize Your Space With An Art Display
Customizing your living room with art can be an inexpensive way to make your space feel like it’s really yours. Rather than committing to a full gallery wall, try something new and go for a frameless look by hanging your favorite prints on coat hangers. You can also prop your favorite books on an Ikea picture ledge and make an art display that’s more unique and truly reflective of your personality.
Inspiration and photography by Old Brand New
Nacksta from Ikea
Inspiration and photography by Stylizimo
2. DIY What You Can’t Buy
Want a custom piece of art or furniture but can’t afford to have it made for you? Make it yourself! There are tons of tutorials and Ikea hacks out there, and Pinterest is a great resource for finding DIY furniture and art projects that look store bought. Plus you get the satisfaction of making something yourself and the bragging rights that go along with it.
DIY Paint Chip Art – find the instructions, here.
DIY Side Table from Sinnen Rausch – instructions, here.
3. Revamp Things You Already Have
Getting a chair reupholstered rather than replaced can be a great way to save some money. A coat of paint on an outdated table, bookshelf, or chair is a great way to freshen up furniture and can change the whole look of your room. Other things, like using contact paper to line shelves, or turning an old serving tray into a beautiful coffee table tray are easy and inexpensive ways you can make your living room feel like new.
Inspiration and photography from Mad About The House.
Billy Ikea hack from Ikea
4. Add Greenery And Other Elements Of Nature
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate is by using nature. Step outside with some scissors or clippers and a bag and gather up some twigs, greenery, flowers, leaves, stones and whatever else you can find and make a display using an old jar, a beautiful vase that’s usually tucked away, or hang them on the walls.
Jute cushion cover from H&M
Inspiration and photography by A Merry Mishap
Frame console table from Crate & Barrel
5. Display A Few Of Your Favorite Things
Take a few of your precious treasures out of storage and put them to work. Old books, things you’ve collected on holidays, and favorite photos are a great way to add personality to your living room and let you decorate for free!
Interior designed by Smart Design Studio. Photography by David Roche.
interior designed and photographed by Craft Design.
6. Invest In Multipurpose Furniture
If you’re on a tight budget you probably don’t need to look for both a coffee table and a separate storage container for seasonal blankets and pillows. Instead, look for a piece that can do double duty and act as both a coffee table and a storage solution. You also probably don’t need a side table and a bar. Combine the two with an extra long side table that also doubles as a drink station.
Hartley Ottoman from Joss & Main
Industrial Storage coffee table from West Elm
7. Keep An Open Mind
If you have your heart set on a coffee table but find that an ottoman is a cheaper alternative, consider it. Over-sized floor pillows can make a great seating solution if living room chairs just seem like too big of a purchase right now. It’s a good idea to know what look you’re going for, just don’t get stuck thinking it can only achieved one way.
See more photos of knitted things, here. Knitted Nest by Zilalila
See more photos of this house, here. Interior design by Widawscy Studio Architektury. Photography by Lukasz Kozyra.
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