Upgrade Your Living Room With These 6 Inexpensive Items

By Victoria Robertson on May 9, 2021

If someone were to tell you your living room will look ten times more expensive, and your total investment comes in at under fifty dollars, would you believe them? Odds are, you wouldn’t, and you also wouldn’t be alone.

That said, it is possible to upgrade your space without breaking the bank, so regardless of your budget, there’s the potential for a major overhaul of your space! But where do you even begin, and what products should you look for? Here are six, inexpensive items that will totally transform your living space.

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1. Baskets & Trays

A plain-Jane coffee table is almost pointless without some décor to add that “wow” factor, which is why you should always incorporate baskets into your decorating techniques for those areas.

Simply placing your remotes into a basket adds something to the aesthetic that’s visually appealing and practical, and can really make all the difference. Plus, it’s actually more convenient for you, so win-win!

Additionally, if you have an ottoman, you should invest in a fashionable tray to place coasters and decorative pieces on. Again, this is a small purchase that adds a lot in terms of décor.

2. Picture Frames

Naked walls, even if well painted, are pretty boring, which is why you should definitely invest in some picture frames to really elevate your look. Not everyone can afford unique, beautiful artwork, but some cheap picture frames, dressed up on a photo wall? Now that’s a showstopper!

You can even add frames to the various end tables and other surfaces in your living room that may look bare at the moment. Simply pick a frame that matches your other décor, and you’re all set here!

3. Plants/Natural Décor

There’s no simple way to describe what effect plants and natural décor have on a place other than to say it makes it livelier, clichéd (and obvious) as that may sound. Again, you don’t need to break the bank here, but a couple of plants in your living room will really add something to it.

And if the budget is really tight, don’t bother going shopping! Simply bring home some elements from the outside world that you like, such as pinecones, and create a DIY centerpiece by filling a clear jar with them. Simple, effective, and won’t cost you much at all.

4. Mirrors

Mirrors are not exclusive to the bathroom, nor should they be. In actuality, you should be bringing mirrors into other areas of your living space, as they not only add dimension but can actually change the perceived dimensions of your space.

Add a large mirror to the top of a fireplace, or a farmhouse-style mirror to an otherwise empty wall and you’ve just taken your living from relatively boring and bland to absolutely stunning in a matter of seconds, and with limited funds.

5. Candles

If you’re anything like me, you likely utilize candles on a nearly daily basis for the calming aromas as well as the way they look in your room. However, have you ever actually left them out, or selected candles based on their appearance?

Adding candles to your décor is actually a great way to improve the look of your space, and again, this is a design option that isn’t going to break the bank. Choose candles with colors that match your room, or choose show-stopping containers that really elevate their look. You’ll not only get more usage out of them, but you’ll also find that you love what they do to the space around them.

6. Books

Last, but not least, there’s something to be said for the decorative power of books, crazy as that may sound. And no, this isn’t to say you should have a giant bookshelf with only the classics.

Instead, simply adding a coffee table book to the center of your room can add something to it, and again, it’s not going to cost you much of anything. You can stack a few of your favorite books to a shelf, or maybe even add a book with a beautiful jacket to your end tables for an elevated look there. However you utilize them, they can really do wonders to your space.

Living rooms are beautiful places to hang out and decompress from the day, but when you’re on a budget, it’s more than possible they’re simply a room with a couch and television and little to no décor.

Well, not to worry. Your bank account is safe and your décor is fit to be upgraded at a fraction of the price that you originally thought. These six, inexpensive items will not only transform your living space by giving it the upgrade it desperately needs, but you’ll also find that you look forward to spending time there, making the money spent, totally worth it.

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