How to Refresh Your Living Room on Any Budget
Update your living space, whether you have just $100 or as much as $10,000 to spend
Daydreaming about redecorating (or browsing Houzz on your lunch break) is fun, but when it comes to laying out your hard-earned cash on those upgrades you’ve been eyeing, it can be hard to prioritize. New rug or new sofa? Fresh paint and TV upgrade or built-in media wall? Instead of getting frustrated that you can’t get it all done at once, think about designing a room refresh plan that you can build on over time. Here are ideas to get you started, whether your budget is $100 or $10,000.
If your budget is about $500:
What’s next? After decluttering, painting, and bringing in plants and art, it’s time to warm up the space with textiles. Drape a cozy throw over an armchair and fill the couch with cushy pillows
. If you still have room in the budget, spring for fresh curtains.
How to mix throw pillows
Uses for sheer curtains
How to hang curtains
If your budget is about $650:
Pick up all the above, and then tweak the lighting. Good lighting enhances our experience of a room, making us feel warm and cared for.
If you have an overhead light, installing a dimmer switch is a relatively simple (and inexpensive) change that can have a big effect on the mood. If there’s not enough light in the space, don’t go for brighter bulbs; add another light source instead.
How to install a dimmer
How to select a lampshade
How to plan your home’s lighting
If your budget is about $1,500:
Declutter; paint; add plants, art, textiles, light and a new chair, and then snag a new rug
. Having a too-small area rug in the living room is one of the most common decorating mistakes. A generously sized area rug will make your room look bigger and feel more comfortable. If you already have a small area rug that you love, consider layering a larger (less expensive) natural-fiber rug beneath it.
How to choose a rug
Tips for getting the rug size right
Rug rules and how to break them
If your budget is about $3,000:
Along with a new rug, a new sofa is one of the most effective changes you can make to your living room. It’s also one of the most costly. Better sofas tend to last longer, so pick the highest quality you can afford. If you have kids or pets, you’d do well to choose upholstery in a stain-resistant fabric in a dark neutral hue.
What to know about buying a sofa
How to choose the right arm style
How to choose the right back
If your budget is about $10,000: Decluttering, painting, plants, art, textiles, light, chair, rug, sofa, media center … what’s left? If you have more room in your budget, think about tackling a bigger project, such as adding a built-in media wall, refinishing the floors or remodeling the fireplace.