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Budget living room ideas

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 8:40 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 3:32 p.m. CST
Grey and Yellow Living Room via Hometalker Thistlewood
Pottery Barn-Like Linen Curtains via Hometalker Allie Wachter
Newly Designed Family Room via Hometalker SAS Interiors
Living Room Makeover via Hometalker Concord Cottage
Stenciled Rug via Hometalker DIY on the Cheap

Living rooms may be the most fun room in the house to upgrade. They’re central, they’re multipurpose, and there are so many different styles to get inspiration from. Nervous that living room design might not be in your budget? No worries - Check out all of the budget-friendly ways you can update the various features and details of your living room, and recreate your entire design.

1. Throw Pillows

Surprisingly Simple: To pull any living room color scheme together, you must use throw pillows! They are an easy, affordable, and subtle way to create a palette. This grey and yellow living room used pale grey paisley throw pillows to encourage the soft color palette.

2. Windows

Windows are their own frame, and the right treatment can turn a window from a simple pane of glass, to an attractive show-stopper. Fortunately, many high-end window treatment looks are easily imitated with DIY tricks. These DIY luxurious linen curtains cost this Hometalker $150 to cover seven windows!

3. Walls

Bold colored walls are a style statement all their own, and can create an entirely new personality for your room without you having to change anything else. If you have different, mismatched neutral-colored furniture, a strong color on the walls will create a bold contrast and tie the room together. These strikingly blue walls enable this Hometalker to beautifully harmonize an eclectic variety of colors and patterns in her family room.

4. Mantle

To beautify your mantle on a budget, try this hometalker’s idea and create a small photo gallery with some frames and framed mirrors in the same color. You can build your own frames for inexpensive mirrors using leftover molding or repurposed wood.

5. Floor

Carpet and rugs are a fabulous way to tie in a color and cover scuffs and scratches from shoes and furniture. Try out Hometalker Erin’s idea – she bought her dining room rug for $18, and painted it with a stencil, achieving a designer look for a fraction of the cost!

These are just a few ideas to help you get the living room look you want with the budget you need. For more inspiration, go to the Living Room Ideas topic on Hometalk, and get some inspiration. 

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