6 Easy Ways To Update a Room on a Budget

Whether you’re looking to freshen up the colors in a room or repurpose your existing decor, there’s no time like the present to re-decorate your favorite room! The best part? You don’t have to have to break the bank to give your home new life. A few simple, affordable updates can make a huge difference. Here are a few ideas for updating any room for $100 or less.

Add an Eye-Catching Area Rug

Rugs help bring a room together and can provide an instant update for around $100 or less. Area rugs are especially helpful if your floors need some TLC. Opt for a rug that is at least 5 x 8 to get the most out of your room makeover. A colorful or striking rug is the best way to go if you want the rug to make a difference, so look for fun prints and eye-catching colors. We love vintage style distressed rugs for adding instant style and personality to any room.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Take advantage of the space you didn’t know you had by testing out different placement for your furniture.  Yes, you chose your current arrangement for a reason, but look at your room from different perspectives. Do you like having the sunlight stream across your couch? Would you prefer to have your reading chair actually next to the reading lamp? Think about how you use your current space, and shift things around to make it a better fit for your lifestyle.

Price: Free!

Repurpose What You Already Own

Remember that space in your apartment where you store things that you only use once a year? Empty the space and sort through that stuff – though the items may be seasonal, there’s no reason you can’t some of it up year-round.  You can also use your stored items to DIY furniture you would otherwise buy – think a stack of coffee table books for a de facto side table, holiday string lights for a new source of lighting, etc.

Price: Free!

Update One Major Item

Even if you eventually want to replace all of your furniture, for now – pick on the piece that bothers you the most and focus on updating that. Once you pinpoint what about it you would like to change, you’ll find that you may not need to completely replace it.  You can update a couch by adding new throw pillows and a chair by reupholstering it (depending on your level of DIY skill).  Don’t spend your entire budget on changing this piece, but allocate a lot of it here.

Price: $20 – $60

Acquire Some New Art

Instead of purchasing prints for your walls, search the Internet for free, downloadable images you can hang instead.  Many online resources offer images for free, like Wikimedia Commons or public library websites, and they range from literary to artistic to completely random. It’s a great (and easy) way to add personality to your home – especially if you pick a fake “signed photo” from your favorite celebrity (available here) or print out your favorite Instagram photos. Frames are optional!

Price: Free!

Update Your Color Scheme

Ultimately, the best way to revamp a room is to re-paint it.  Depending on the amount of paint you need and the color you pick, paint can be pricey – but it’s the most dramatic way to breathe new life into a space. If you don’t want to invest that much energy into redecorating, new curtains or a new rug (whether bought or DIYed) is a simpler way to bring new colors into your space.

Price: $20 – $40

Before you know it, you’ll have a revamped space that you can brag about – while also bragging about how much you didn’t spend. Happy redecorating!



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