The older you get, the more pride you take in your things especially when it comes to your home. If you’re like us, you want your place to be inviting and entertaining yet relaxing. The living room is a big space so it can be a bit intimidating to decorate and expensive. Lucky for you, we’ve been there and have some great tips on how to style your living room on a budget. We’ve got ideas on where to go and how to decorate.
- Go green… by adding plants of course. Greenery is a great way to liven up your room and add some dimension. Succulents are inexpensive and don’t require a lot of watering. Palms are great too. Adding flowers to a coffee table are a great way to spruce up your room as well.
- Don’t be afraid to DO IT YOURSELF. One of our favorite DIY projects was this Mid Century Modern clock idea from Sugar & Cloth. It was so fun and came out pretty darn good. Next on our list is reupholstering a bench we found at a flea market. You can even make your own wall art from painting on a canvas, gold leafing something to frame, or drawing your very own masterpiece. When you put the hard work into things, you appreciate them so much more.
- Shop the flea markets. You’ll find great furniture and home decor at reasonable prices. Luckily, we live in Southern California and have the Rose Bowl Flea Market next door in Pasadena. We’ve spied so many famous interior designers here. Not gonna lie, we’ve sneakishly followed them to see what their favorite vendors are and have always found something great at every one. Whether your style is modern, antique, shabby chic or mid-century modern there’s plenty to choose from.
- Use books to decorate. Yes, books. I know we’re very iPad/tablet friendly people, but books add so much dimension to your decor. If you don’t have any old ones lying around, there are still used book stores you can buy some from. Or you can scour yard sales; they’re bound to have some for pennies on the dollar. Better yet, try a visit to grandma and grandpa’s house to see what they’ve been storing in their attic or basement. You’ll be doing them a favor by getting rid of stuff and they’ll be doing you a favor by giving them to you for free.
- Shop yard sales & estate sales. We love this site for estate sales. No matter where you live you can narrow it down by state and zip code. What’s even better is they show photos of what’s on sale so you can decided ahead of time if it’s worth a visit. You can find some pretty great vintage pieces at yard sales & estate sales. It’s important to have a vision because if something looks a little worn or faded, but it’s in great condition; here’s a perfect opportunity for a DIY fixer upper.
- Pillows & throw blankets. If you’re looking to spruce up your couch or chairs, these are a perfect and inexpensive way to do it. For those of you wanting to add some color to your room, but a paint job is either too much work or too dramatic, add a pop of color with some pillows or throws.
- Shop budget friendly stores. It’s no secret Target has 100% upped their home decor A-Game these past few years. It seems like every aisle you walk down has something you absolutely must have right? It’s dangerous when we go there. If you’re looking for those finishing touches like vases, marquis lights, or objects for your shelves, Home Goods has you covered. Different store have different things so it’s best to visit a few if you have more than one in your area. Ikea is great for pieces you can hack to look way more expensive and chic than what you paid for it. It can sometimes be time consuming to put the furniture together and paint it but it’s worth it in the end.
Following these tips will have your living room made over in no time! Have fun!
*Photo by Sugar & Cloth