5 Ways to Update Your Living Room On a Budget

Is your home starting to feel a little bit dated, or shabby, or otherwise something that you aren't loving? Since we spend so much time at home, we want our home to be a place where we feel good. But changing up our living space can be pricey. Fortunately there are some very low budget suggestions, like from this reader, that you can implement with barely a dent to your pocketbook.

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Whether you love entertaining or prefer spending time relaxing with the family in front of the TV, for most of us the living room is the heart of the home. As such, it’s one place that it is worth investing some time and effort when it comes to keeping the space calm, inviting, and open. Spending so much time in a particular area of the house will reveal the room’s flaws and you can quickly start feeling like the space looks outdated and tired. Here are a few simple tips to help you on your way when it comes to giving your living area a new lease on life.


Regardless of one’s budget, decluttering should take place on a regular basis. A living area cluttered with paperwork or kiddies toys can fast look dated. Give the room a fresh look by getting rid of excess stuff. You can either choose convenient storage solutions to keep the clutter out of sight or be ruthless and get rid of any item which no longer brings you joy. Who knows you might accumulate a haul worth selling?


It’s always nice to invest in good-quality furniture for your living room. However, if your current pieces are in pretty good condition, consider upcycling them for an improved look. A lick of paint or a bit of reupholstering may do the trick. Remember that not everything needs to match perfectly and in fact, mixing things up a little is often the way to keep things looking fresh.


If you’ve got your heart set on a unique Persian rug, you’ll certainly run the risk of breaking the bank, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Rugs can be a really cost-effective way of updating a living room and giving them a warm, homely feel. What’s more, the use of rugs is one way you can save on your heating bills as well.


Light is one element that can truly change the ambiance of a room. In fact, it’s known to actually increase the value of a property. One cost-effective to make a room brighter and create space is with the strategic use of mirrors. Keep costs down by trawling local second-hand furniture stores or upcycling a mirror that you already own.

Invest In a New Piece of Furniture

Investing in a good quality piece of furniture may actually save you money in the long-term. Buying something on the cheap can sometimes cost more in terms of repairs and reupholstering further down the line. Choosing to invest and style your home with modern furnishings is guaranteed to change the look of your living room and add value to your home in general too.

These are just a few simple ways to revamp your living area without breaking the bank. All it takes is a little extra effort to think outside the box and make a few small changes to upgrade the look and feel of a space. As the centre of the home and a place where you spend much of your time, investing the time into making this area particularly comfortable and inviting will certainly pay off.

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