26 Simple & Practical Ideas To Decorate A Living Room On A Low Budget

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If you want to know how to decorate a living room on a low budget, here are a few tips:

Large Carpet

Abby- Baby items-Head of Marketing-China shares the following 10 ideas on how to decorate a living room on a low budget.

Arrange your room around a large carpet. A stylish geometric rug does not have to cost a lot of money, but it can be a complete piece that pulls your room together and makes your interior design feel. Place essential furniture around it for maximum effect, just like they did here with sofas, poufs, and coffee tables. Don’t forget to add a series of plump pillows; this is a simple trick that will never make the living room look chic.

Darker colors

Decorate with darker colors. The exterior of the boutique hotel is surrounded by rich, eye-catching wall tones, creating a comfortable, cocoon-like feeling. You can achieve this effect at home without spending a lot of money because many budget paint brands produce suitable dark paints. Or choose a dark wallpaper design, such as the design here. Navy or indigo is a fashionable choice, or consider burgundy, slate gray or even black.

Gallery corner

Create a gallery corner. Artwork does not have to cost a lot of money, but combining prints and paintings can help the living room create a high-end gallery atmosphere. For example, two adjacent art walls create an artistic corner, removing the focus from simple furniture.

Different textures

Enjoy different textures. Combine various materials to achieve subtle, complex effects, especially when you follow a neutral palette. Leather, metal, wool, tweed, velvet, woven cotton carpets, and sheepskin blankets are good.

Your layout

Change your layout. You don’t necessarily need to spend money to improve your room. Cutting, rearranging and subtly showing what you already have can help create an elegant sense of order and space.

Add color

Adding bright colors may be the easiest way to make a neutral living room palette feel less tedious and more design. The bright green sofa brings this room to life, but if you don’t want to splurge or already have a perfect sofa, you can still add color in more minor ways with lights, pillows, vases, curtains and carpets.

Long curtains

Hang long curtains. Floor-to-ceiling curtains are reminiscent of the magnificence of five-star hotels and mansions. Look for companies on the Internet that can make budget curtains on demand. Pair it with a beautiful chandelier to create a manor atmosphere. Dare to choose patterned materials, as shown in the picture, to provide eye-catching effects.

Introduce velvet

Velvet will never really go out of style; it has a luxurious sheen that makes the room feel special. If you can’t afford a
sofa or armchair (lovely velvet style), then buy a bunch of tactile velvet pillows, which will add a touch of shiny charm to any room. Choose a variety of gem-like tones to give ordinary sofas a new look.

Decorative wallpaper

Featured decorative wallpaper. The panel or wall decorating the thebwallpaper is a beautiful technique to make the ordinary living room sing. There are many great budget wallpapers these days-order samples before you
make your choice so that you can have confidence in the finishes, colors, and pattern repetition in your space. A bold geometric pattern like this gives a modest space a grand designer feel.

Antique treasures

Show off one or two antique treasures. If you search on eBay or second-hand stores, you can still unearth fine vintage furniture from the Victorian era or the first half of the 20th century at a reasonable price.
A cute wooden box like this does not need to be limited to the bedroom. Using it to display lamps and photos helps to infuse quality and a sense of tradition.

House Plants

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Add natural elements by bringing in a potted indoor plant or two. Not only can it literally add life to your living space, but indoor plants also purify the air and give off oxygen, making the atmosphere less stuffy and more breathable.

Floating Shelves

Make use of virtual space by adding floating shelves. This can serve multiple purposes such as a place to showcase collectibles, books, and small pieces of art.


Speaking of art, tap into your artistic side and create DIY art pieces. It can be something as simple as framing photos to make a mini art gallery section, calligraphy message boards, to vibrant watercolor paintings. The possibilities are endless!

Existing Items

The DIY doesn’t stop at making art. Give your worn-out furniture a tiny makeover and make them useful again. Old pianos can be repurposed to become a wine bar, vanity dressers can become new storage items and even crates
can become coffee tables.

Accent Pillows

Spruce up your boring throw pillows by picking out new covers in fresh designs, colors, and textures. Thrift shops and online shops can be a great source for cheap but good-quality covers and pillows.

Refresh curtains

As with the pillows, a new set of curtains can do wonders for your living space as well. Aside from going with a new color, fabric, or length, consider hanging your curtains higher to make your windows appear taller.

Hasnain Khokhawala, of Architectures Ideas says,”The perfect home is a dream for everyone. Those design ideas would look great if we ever renovated. However, most people are hesitant to jump into those design ideas because of the expense involved. The following tips and ideas will help you design your living room without breaking the bank.”

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Inexpensive Sources

Find Inexpensive Sources of Décor. There are plenty of places where you can get some relatively inexpensive
new decorative items for your living room. Take a look at some of the décor you have elsewhere and try reimagining some of your placement. You may be able to reorganize your décor to create a more cohesive feel in a few
different rooms.

Furniture Upgrades

If you are a little handy, you can either upgrade or build some furniture yourself with a few construction tools and materials. Alternatively, you could change the hardware (handles, hinges, etc.) on some of your furniture to give it a fresh new look. However, they are relatively easy to learn if you are willing to be patient and start small.

Big and Cheap

A lot of people tend to play it safe with their paint, opting for off-white, neutral colors. Your walls and ceiling are like huge canvases. They are a great place to start if you want to refresh a room. This is a relatively easy way to make your room feel a little more energetic. Plus, you may be able to make space feel larger with the right choice of accent.

Get Organized

If you want a completely free way to reimagine your living room, invest some time into organizing it. Spend a day going through all the items in the room. When everything has its place, your home will feel much prettier and more enjoyable. You can also consider adding some new organizational systems such as built-in shelves.


If there is one thing even more impactful than paint, it is lighting. Light affects how we perceive everything. So, you want to get the lighting right. If you use your living room after dark frequently, get some soft lampshades that will give the room a gentle, relaxed glow. You can also create some atmosphere with a few candles.


Get the Supplies You Need. The key is to get creative with how you source your items. Plus, the more that you learn to do yourself, the tighter your budget can be. With some construction tools and other supplies from Engineer Supply, you will be ready to take on even the biggest home improvement projects.

Revive Couch

Rocky, founder and director of Calibre Cleaning, an on-demand house cleaning service says,”Revive Your Couch.”

Reviving your couch will bring more life back in your living room. A proper deep clean will remove all the food debris, spills, and unpleasant odors from your couch. When you have finished, it will feel and look brand new again

1.Wash cushion covers
If the couch comes with removable cushion covers, take these out and wash and dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Brush and vacuum the couch
Use a soft-bristle dry brush to loosen any particles or dried-on stains from the fabric. Pay special attention to nooks and corners and the back of the couch.

3. Clean with baking soda
Baking soda is one of the easiest ways to deep clean your couch. Begin by sprinkling baking soda over the entire couch. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.

NOTE: As with all types of cleaning solutions (even natural compounds) always spot test an area first before you begin.

4. Vacuum thoroughly
Allow some time for the baking soda to do its magic then vacuum carefully with a brush-attachment.

5. Pat dry then leave overnight to air dry
Use a clean towel to pat dry the couch then leave to air-dry overnight. Tomorrow morning you will wake up to a clean and fresh-smelling couch!

Theme on Pinterest

Aya Bradley a home design expert and editor at Mantelligence & and DIY Editor at The Golden says,” Decorating can be an expensive move. Most especially when it’s your first time and you have no idea how to find services and pieces that are budget-friendly. Decorating on a budget could be extremely fun if you know exactly what you like.”

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Find the theme you like on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great app to find ideas, themes, moods, unique pieces, and a lot more. If you’re lost and you want some inspiration, Pinterest is what you need. You can even save the ones you like on boards – they organize the pins you want to put together.

Your Wish

Plan the design you want. Making a solid plan about the result you want is essential because you’ll see which parts are your negotiables and non-negotiables. Say you want a good couch that doubles as a bed – this can be non-negotiable. But, if you’re not too particular about what kind of curtains you want, then they can be a negotiable item. With this, you can opt for the cheaper type so you can allot more money into your non-negotiables.


DIY, if you can! There are lots of tutorials on Youtube and Facebook groups that can help you with your DIY projects. These may even be the most unique and eye-catching decorations you’ll include in your living room because you can
customize them however you like.

26 Simple & Practical Ideas To Decorate A Living Room On A Low Budget

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