How to Furnish a Designer Living Room on a Budget

If you’ve always wanted to have the kind of living room that you might see on a website like BHG or Houzz, but your budget makes you feel like it’s more of a dream than a reality, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Over the course of the next few minutes, you’re going to get tips on how you can furnish a designer living room even if you don’t have a ton of money to do it with.

If that sounds hard to believe, please keep reading:

Paint your walls. One of the quickest and most affordable ways to drastically change the appearance of your living room is to paint it. You can certainly choose any color that you would like. However, if you want it to appear “on trend”, one thing that you can do is go to your favorite search engine and put “paint color trends” along with the year in the search field. HGTV is just one site that has these kinds of articles. Also, make sure that you use a low VOC brand. It’s extremely designer-like to select paint that is good for the environment and doesn’t produce a lot of fumes.

Laminate your flooring. If you want to change your flooring, you can never go wrong with hardwood floors. Not only are they beautiful and timeless, but they can increase your property value as well. Yes, installing real hardwood can get to be pretty pricey. However, an alternative would be to put down some laminate hardwood flooring. It’s just as aesthetically appealing but at a fraction of the cost. For more information on laminate hardwood floors, visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Go outlet shopping. When it comes to looking for furniture pieces, you’ll be happy to know that there are actually designer furniture outlets. In fact, Huffington Post once did an entire feature on over 40 websites where you can find amazing pieces of furniture. Just go to the site and put “43” along with “best websites for furniture” in the search field.

Look for art prints. Art is something else that can make your living room look like it should be featured in a home decor magazine. If you were to ask someone who works at a place like Stash Home about where to get good art for your living room design when you’re on a budget, one of the things that they might recommend is looking for famous prints and then having them professionally matted and framed. One website that has a collection of famous art prints is Fine Art America.

Do some things yourself. From window treatments to sanding wood furniture to recovering a chair or two, thanks to the internet, these are all things that you can do yourself. So, if you want to keep a few more dollars in your pocket, rather than hiring someone to do smaller home decor projects, go to websites like DIY Network, This Old House and Bob Villa to see what you can teach yourself to do. That way, whenever you walk into your living room, you can say “I did that all on my own and it looks absolutely amazing in my designer living room”.

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