Simple, Small Ways to Refresh a Living Room on a Budget

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For most of us, our homes bring a significant source of comfort and safety – and every once in a while, we might decide it is time to spruce up our surroundings. 

Sometimes it happens as we mature and find out who we are a little more – our tastes change, and where we once loved a neon green sofa, we want something a little softer. 

Our budgets can fluctuate too, often starting with budget furniture and a lot of DIY; we might want to treat ourselves to something with a heftier price tag. 

One of the great things about interior design is that there are so many different sources of inspiration now. TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest give interior designers and tastemakers a space to share excellent tips, tricks, and designs that can be replicated. 

With interior design, it is the small things that can make a huge difference, and luckily it is those small things that usually have a very friendly budget too. 

So how can you upgrade your living space without blowing a budget (unless you want to!)?


If you are one of the people who didn’t spend the last two years feverishly collecting a range of plants – this might be your sign to start! Plants are one of the easiest ways to upgrade your living space

Plants and flowers add some luxury and life to the space that they are in. Indoor tree-style plants can frame the sofa and the TV or simply add some of that much-needed lush green. 

The best plants to add to your space are: 

  • Snake plants (easy to take care of)
  • Pothos (great for hanging down and hard to kill)
  • Palms (take up space, are interesting to look at, need light but are easy to care for)
  • Spider plants (like bright light, hang well, can be snipped and repotted)

But once you get the hang of those, you will be able to take care of almost anything, including the much larger monstera and fiddle-leaf figs


Image: Rose and Grey

If you don’t have the right space for multiple different lamps, it can be worthwhile investing in a smart bulb that can switch between brighter daylight and warmer evening tones. 

The initial cost of the single bulb might seem a little high, but it offers a great alternative to multiple lamps and the cost of the electricity to run them all. 

When it comes to any smart home items, look for discount codes so that you can make the most of your money. 


Image: Atkin and Thyme

Your bookshelf can be a huge point of interest. Some people like to organise their books but colour, others by the author, and some by genre. You can arrange them however you like. For a minimalist look, some interior designers wrap the cover of their books in a single white sleeve and have the name of the book printed on the spine. This gives a very uniform look to the bookshelf. 

There is also the opportunity to play with thicknesses and heights and create symmetrical looks by having 3-5 books and then a stop in between across the entire self. 

As you ponder how you want to arrange your books, you can give the bookshelf a new lease of life with a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint. 

A very budget-friendly fantastic detail is using draw lining paper, wallpaper cutoffs, or adhesive paper on the back of the shelf. 


If your budget has you in a vice grip, then one thing that makes a room feel brand new is rearranging it. Before you start moving the oversized items around, consider how you use the living area now and how you want to use it in the future. 

Would you do any of these tips to refresh your living room?

Jen x


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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