Giving your living room a must-needed refresh doesn’t have to mean a full-blown overhaul. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year, you may want to make your space feel its best without having to worry about repainting or replacing major furniture.
The solution? Give your space a much-needed refresh (almost) without having to spend a dime. We promise you that it’s possible. Whether you get creative with your layout or put your leftover paint cans to good use, we have the step-by-step guide you need to make your living room feel brand-new.
Ready to see your living room in a brand-new light? Follow these affordable living room ideas and overhaul your space before your next dinner party.
CUT OUT ALL CLUTTER
Before you add anything new to your living room, try decluttering. Sometimes, you can make a space feel brand-new just by removing the tchotchkes and clutter that make the space feel tired.
ARRANGE YOUR COFFEE TABLE
Style your coffee table and bookcases with items you already have around the house to make your space feel more polished. Stack some coffee table books, display a candle or vase you love, and corral items into a tray.
CHANGE THE LAYOUT
One of the easiest ways to transform your room without buying anything is to change up your layout. Sometimes, even the smallest tweaks can make a huge difference.
USE YOUR LEFTOVER PAINT
Interior designers always say that paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room, but paint can also be expensive and time-consuming. Instead of repainting your entire living room, try using leftover paint to create contrast.
COVER UP THE OLD SOFA
Hate your sofa but don’t have the budget for a new one? Try draping a blanket or throw over it to instantly give it a new life. This instant trick can refresh your entire living room look, and it’s basically free if you already have the right throw at home.
DECORATE WITH BACKYARD BRANCHES
No budget for elaborate flower arrangements? Try picking up a few leafy branches outside and displaying them in a vase. Tall greenery always adds an instant statement in a room that doesn’t have to cost much.
HANG YOUR CURTAINS HIGHER
Does your room feel dark and your windows small? Your curtains might be hung incorrectly. To give your living room more natural light, rehang your curtains higher.
PUT YOUR MEMORIES ON DISPLAY
Gallery walls aren’t just trendy, they’re also a great way to showcase artwork and favorite family photos along with souvenirs, like playbills or concert tickets.
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
Floor and table lamps can very quickly make a room feel cozier. If you’re on a budget and want a quick update, try painting your current lampshade or recovering it with new fabric and a bit of spray adhesive.
Don’t let a barely there budget keep you from creating a room you’ll love living in. If your living room is looking a little tired and you’re after a seasonal pick-me-up, try these suggestions for a complete makeover on a budget.