Budget Living Room Decor Made Easy

Orange sofa in a well-decorated budget living room

Budget Living Room Decor Made Easy


These 15 budget living room decor ideas update your space for less.

And yes, they are freakishly stylish. So you don’t have to trade off between money and making your space look dapper!


Living Room Ideas on a Budget


1. Rearrange the Furniture

A sofa, cushions, table, and other cheap decor in a living room

Looking to do a budget living room makeover? With this tip, do it for free, let alone on a budget!

Mostly, this is what a traditional living room layout looks like:

Coffee table in the middle, sofas pushed up against either wall, and TV at one end.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

But if you’re bored with your existing layout, spruce it it by rearranging the furniture.

For example:

You can pull your furniture away from the wall.

Or use a piece of artwork as a focal point.

You should also get rid of the extra furntiture if the room feels cluttered. In fact, this is one the simplest and most effective budget DIY small room decor ideas!

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2. Update Your Walls With Artwork

A painting hung on a living room wall

Budget wall decor starts with hanging something on the wall.

As a start, you can print out artwork from the internet and use it. Just make sure that it’s stock free.

You can also hang your own family photos for this purpose.

A unique idea is to go with a theme.

For example, important events in your life, like graduation, wedding, first day at job, etc.

Get creative with this idea. Instead of just displaying photos and pictures, hang fabrics on the walls. It will quickly brighten up your standard-issue blank wall.


3. Add Greenery With House Plants

A couple of cheap plants in a living room

While talking about budget-friendly living room decorating ideas, plants can never be ignored.

After all, they bring color, shape, and of course, life into your space!

Pick inexpensive plants to add to your budget room decor! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Snake Plant
  2. Devil’s Ivy
  3. ZZ Plant
  4. Lady’s Slipper Orchid
  5. Philodendron


4. Believe in the Power Of Paint

Living room walls painted in bold orange yellowish color



Paint is one of the easiest living room ideas on a budget!

That said, painting the entire wall can get expensive.

So instead, buy a small pot.

And paint one wall or alcoves for a pop of color!

Sweet and simple!


5. Put Up Removable Wallpaper (Then Take Down Later If You Want)

Herringbone wallpaper on the walls of a living room



Cheap living room wall decor is incomplete without wallpapers!

If you’re a renter, it’s a game-changer for you.

If you don’t like to commit with an interior design, it’s also a game-changer for you!

Check out peel and stick wallpaper on Etsy. Try different prints and sizes to see which one suits your wall.

Alternatively, you can quickly add a mural.

A wall mural is an easy win to add to your home design arsenal. Search around and find large-scale prints that you can hang up in minutes!


6. Switch Up Your Cushions

A bunch of cushions on a living room sofa

You’ll find cushions on almost all budget room decor ideas list.

And for obvious reason:

They’re the most versatile of all soft furnishings.

With this specific living room design idea, try different sizes, shapes, colors, and textures.

You can also bring in new cushions or rotate them for more freshness in the room!


7. Add a Layer of Rugs

Aerial photograph of a living room with two rugs in it

Want to know how to decorate a living room on a small budget?

Instead of re-carpeting your living room and spending tons of money, add layers of rugs. On top of adding decor, it will hide the numerous stains on the floor.

And as far as what rugs to use, the sky’s the limit.

For starters, here are a few ideas :

  1. Rag rugs
  2. Jute rugs
  3. Persian rugs
  4. Sheepskin rugs

Experiment with textures, colors, and patterns to add interest to the space.

Plus, you can never have too many rugs in one room.

(Okay, I’ll admit. Don’t go for something like a dozen rugs per room. Otherwise, it’ll look like a carpet shop!).

Also, you want to balance things out in your living room. So stick to a simple color palette and use neutral rugs, such as jute, as a base.


8. Add Lights Without Turning Your Living Room Into an Over-Lit Operating Theatre

Three overhead lights in a dark room

In other words, just mix up the lighting. Make sure to put floor or table lamps at different heights.

Living room lighting is an excellent way to add cheap decor to your space.

But it requires some taste.

And I’m pretty sure you have great taste! Use it to layer your lighting. And create cozy pools of light that can quickly change the mood of a room.


9. Paint the Floor of Your Living Room

Black floorboards in an antique-inspired living room

Now this budget living room decor does require some time.

But the bottom line is it will completely change the look of your space.

If you’re up for a weekend DIY project that won’t cost you too much, paint the floorboards.

And if you want to go with something trendy, try painting the floorboards black. I’m sure you’ll love them!


10. Know Where to Splurge

Artfully made living room chair and table

I know this is a list of budget living room ideas.

But if you want to truly take your space to the next level, you gotta spend some money.

Don’t get me wrong:

I’m not saying you should buy a $5,000 vase. What I’m impying is you should splurge strategically.

Buy things that will become the center point of your space. Once you have these items, you can build the whole room around them.

One idea is to go with a premium yellow or bold-colored sofa.

You can also buy that amazing painting that you’ve fallen in love with.

But before you buy anything, make sure that it will transform the look of your room.


You have a limited budget. So only buy those items that are worth it.


11. Match Your Wall Color or Tone to Your Furniture

ark-colored wall and furniture in a living room

This will create an expensive look while staying on budget.

(A little side note: Try this only if you have neutral or muted schemes. If you’re going for an expensive look, this trick may not work with a bright, let’s say, yellow, wall.)


12. Showcase Your Personality Using Interesting Displays

Small budget decoration item on a living room table

A unique print or fabric…

A quirky vase…

A replica of a bicycle…

An artfully made lamp…

These are just a few ideas to create displays that reflect your style and personality.

Spend some time in thrift stores to find pieces you really love to invest in.


13. Switch Out Your Curtains

Teal curtains in a beautiful living room

Hang new living room curtains to make the room fresh again. Your current curtains might have faded. So it’s time to hang new curtains.

Want to make the window appear larger? Hang curtains a couple of inches above your window frame!


14. Prefer Secondhand Furniture and Decor

Old table and chair in a cafe-like sitting area

Going secondhand is a great and cheap way to bring some instant personality into your living room.

Platforms, like Etsy, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace, are your friend to find cheap secondhand pieces.

A couple of quick tips:

Keep a list of pieces you are on the look out for.

And while buying, look at the item’s shape instead of color. That’s because you’ll be surprised at what a lick of paint can do to an old furniture piece.

That said, don’t buy an item just because you think you’re getting a good deal.

Make sure that it fits into your home nicely. A good idea is to plan before you buy any home and living room decor items.


15. Use Living Room Storage to Add Personality

Living room storage shelves decorated on a budget using books, plants, and vases

Normally, a storage area can look too generic. But another cheap living room idea is to add unique artwork, photos, plants, books, and magazines on the shelves. These items will create a new focus to your living room.

Plus, you should regularly switch out what you keep on those shelves to give your living room a new look!

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