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9 Cheap Room Decor Ideas To Help Your Decorate on a Budget

Do you have champagne tastes on a beer budget? Don’t worry—you don’t have to sacrifice style just because you’re on a budget. Decorating on a budget is possible! We’re big believers that, just because you’re looking for cheap home decor doesn’t mean you can’t still create a beautiful home full of furniture and decor items you love.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hacks to get the look of some popular trends without breaking the bank. Because we want to help you make the most of your budget while staying true to your style!

And the pieces we’re suggesting? They’re not just for the home you have today. They’re workhorse pieces you can move around with you and repurpose when necessary to suit your needs and style.

Keep reading for some of the best cheap room decor ideas to help you get some of the best looks for less!

cheap room decorFill Your Walls With A Tapestry

Decorating your walls can be expensive. Neither art nor framing are cheap! So, a budget-friendly home decor item we love is using tapestries or woven wall hangings. These large-scale pieces look polished and dramatic—but are much more affordable than framed artwork. And they’re perfect for rentals since they’re easy to hang—and easy to move. (There’s no fear of them breaking in transit!) These soft wall hangings are also great for kids bedrooms and nurseries and for those in earthquake zones!

Another option? Hanging a large photo or print with poster hangers. You’ll get to shave off the framing part of your art budget, which makes art prints or large-scale photos much more approachable!

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cheap room decorOpt for Iconic Designs

Do you love some of those iconic furniture designs—like the Eames molded plastic chair or a wishbone chair—but can’t afford them in your wildest dreams? Don’t worry—there are a lot of great replicas out there that can help you get the look for less. By taking inspiration from iconic designs but buying them from a not-so-iconic brand, you can make your home more trendy and elevate the design without breaking the bank. These pieces, while not the originals, will still have that timeless, forever-on-trend look.

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cheap room decorGet The Look Of A Built-In

Love the look of built-in shelves, but not the price tag? We have a cheaper alternative to a custom built-in: floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall bookshelves. The key to pulling this off? Get two shelving units in the same style and place them side-by-side. They’ll give you that custom-built in look, but at a price tag that’s less hefty.

Another great thing about this approach? The shelves are very versatile. You can take them with you if you move, or you could even split them up or move them to other rooms. For more of a classic, traditional look, go for closed bookcases or cabinets. Or, for a lighter, arier vibe, opt for open shelving.

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cheap room decorEntertain In Style

If you love to entertain, perhaps you’ve considered adding a wet bar to your home. While a wet bar is great for entertaining, the plumbing and built-in requirements can get expensive fast. And even a bar cabinet in the living room or dining room can get pricey. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams of entertaining! Instead, consider the more affordable (but equally stylish) bar cart.

Bar carts have elegant and elevated looks, but at a price point that’s much more approachable. Most offer at least two shelves, which give you space for liquor and glassware, as well as mixing and pouring drinks. But that’s not all: bar carts are highly versatile. Many have built-in wheels, which means they can be easily moved around the house and out to the patio. And they can also be used as a side table or nightstand in a smaller space.

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cheap room decorDabble In A Trend

It’s fun to try out the new trends—but it can also be pricey. So, instead of investing in a big way, dabble in a small way! Consider this: instead of a trendy velvet sofa, try smaller pops of velvet with a chair or even throw pillows. You’ll still get that luxurious texture, without the luxurious price tag. (Same goes for bold colors like millennial pink, ochre, or forest green—try it out in a pillow or chair before investing in a sofa!) Test out the marble trend with a coffee or side table. Or consider an industrial-style table lamp instead of a chandelier or pendant light.

All of these options allow you to try on a trend without as much of a commitment, in case you decide it’s not the style for you. It also allows for a more subtle nod to a trend instead of it being the centerpiece of your home—perfect for people who favor timeless design but still like pops of contemporary trends.

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cheap room decorMix in Antiques

Furniture of any kind is an investment. But one way to balance out your bigger investment pieces with cheap home decor is by peppering in some antique furniture. While a lot of antiques aren’t super on-trend at the moment, they’re a perfect way to get high-quality pieces at an affordable price. Furniture made in the 1940s or earlier, especially, tends to be less expensive than buying brand new. And, you can almost guarantee that the construction of the piece is solid if it’s lasted through the decades. Plus, antique furniture holds its value—and could even appreciate over time, depending on where the trends head. For those of you who are conscious of your carbon footprint and want to live with sustainability in mind, antiques are also a great way to reduce and reuse!

And, not to toot our own horns—but our designers can show you how to incorporate antique pieces into modern designs with our design services! So, if you’re stumped on how to incorporate a piece you already have, or even if you have your eye on a certain type of piece but aren’t sure if it would work with your style, we can help you figure out how to make it a seamless part of your home’s design.

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cheap room decorSkip Hard-Wired Lighting

If you love the look of a sconce, but don’t want to go through the hassle of hard-wiring lighting (not to mention the price tag of hiring an electrician!) opt for a plug-in sconce instead. Sconces are both versatile and trendy—but hard-wiring is expensive. So, a plug-in sconce gives you that stylish, custom look without requiring extra expenses. (And they’re great for rentals.) Incorporating plug-in sconces can also help you create a layered lighting look in your home without the need to install overhead lighting. Chandeliers, while beautiful, are an even greater investment!

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cheap room decorHang Up A Wall Mural

Wallpaper is having a major moment right now. Wallpapering accent walls, or even full rooms, is such a fun way to add color and pattern to your space. But—you guessed it—it can be very expensive. Not to mention time-consuming! So, we love the idea of using a wall mural as an alternative to wallpaper. It creates a beautiful, textural backdrop for an accent wall, allowing you to make a major style statement.

The one featured in the design above hangs in front of the wall, making it a great option for use over textured walls. (Textured walls can cause trouble for traditional wallpaper, either visually or when it comes to adhering it smoothly to the wall.) Another budget and renter-friendly decor idea that’s a great alternative to traditional wallpaper? Peel-and-stick wallpaper or wall decals! They take some coordination to apply, but they are easy to remove and are much more affordable than traditional wallpaper!

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cheap room decorConsider Natural Fiber Rugs

Rugs can be quite the investment. But they’re also pretty essential to giving your living spaces a more “finished” and cozy look. For the budget-conscious, consider a natural fiber rug. These rugs—often made of jute, sisal, or seagrass—come in a range of styles, add a fun pop of texture, and work with so many design styles. Not only that, but they’re durable, versatile and—best of all—affordable.

With their durability, they’re great for high-traffic areas and for homes with pets and kids. Rugs labeled as indoor/outdoor rugs also tend to be more durable and affordable, and may offer a wider range of colors and patterns.

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20 Creative Ways to Add Seating to Your Bedroom

The master bedroom is our own private oasis at home where we get to relax in the evenings and greet the day each morning. The bedroom is usually the coziest room in the house—and a great way to make it even more comfortable is to add a bedroom seating area! If you want your bedroom to serve multiple functions, sitting areas are a great solution to incorporate furniture options that maximize use of the space.

With so much going on in the house, your bedroom is a retreat and relaxing space. It’s kind of like the “weekend” of the home—a space you go to unwind at the end of the workday. So it makes sense that it’s important to have additional bedroom seating, whether it’s for reading a book, doing crossword puzzles, watching a show, or just having a quiet moment to yourself.

How do I incorporate seating in my master bedroom?

There are many ways to create a sitting space in your bedroom! You’ll want to think about what your needs are, the size and shape of your bedroom, if you can make use of home furniture you already own, and other factors to come up with a bedroom design plan. To help you start brainstorming, we rounded-up 20 ways to add a seating area to your master bedroom! Read on to get ideas for your home.

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Seating for Two With a View

This type of sitting area feels casual and lounge-like—it’s a great idea for spaces that can accommodate larger furniture. The setup provides a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee, read a book or just relax in the sunlight. It’s good for couples who might want two different places to hang out, separately or together. It’s also a great idea for large bedroom layouts—the seating area is part of the bedroom but also feels like it’s own space.

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Cozy & Compact

This look features a small armchair tucked into the corner. It creates a cozy sitting area even though there isn’t a ton of space here—and with the bookcase it makes a good reading nook. There is also additional seating at the foot of the bed, and the footstools can be used to set blankets, put on your shoes, or prop up your feet while you read! This shows how you can make a little extra furniture go a long way.

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Simple & Streamlined

This master bedroom features a long bench for a sitting area at the end of the bed. It adds a polishing touch and helps to make the bed look finished since there is no footboard. The bench doesn’t take up much space and can be used to lay out outfits or keep blankets and throw pillows. A bench like this is so versatile, it can be added to a variety of different bed styles.

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A Place to Read

Sometimes all the extra furniture you need is a single seat beside the bed. This sitting area is great for reading and relaxing in the master bedroom. It doesn’t take up much space and is great for a smaller bedroom where you want another option for your bedroom sitting area. Instead of a whole bookcase, it is paired with a basket to stash books/blankets—and it has a floor lamp for great reading light.

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Bedside Manners

We love this sophisticated bedroom seating idea featuring a bedside chair and martini table. It adds a place to sit, drink coffee or tea, and get lost in a good book. This is a very elegant look and it fits into the whole design of the master bedroom. It’s great for those who prefer a more traditional setup or have a smaller space to work with. However, it’s not ideal if you are a couple and want a sitting area you can use simultaneously.

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Up On A Throne

This master bedroom seating idea is fun and functional! It turns the bedroom into a stylish, multipurpose space by incorporating a shelf. The space can be used as a work area or a vanity and doesn’t take up nearly as much room as a full furniture piece would. It’s not loungeable seating, so it won’t work for those who want a plush and cozy reading chair. But it’s great as a trendy sitting area that makes excellent use of a small space. And we are super into the mid-century modern/contemporary stylings happening here.

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Tucked Away

If you want to make use of an awkward nook or unusual space in your master bedroom, this type of sitting area is great! It uses a versatile stool tucked under a window shelf and can function as a desk or makeshift vanity space. It won’t work as a lazy reading nook, but it’s a casual, functional and inexpensive way to incorporate a desk/vanity into a smaller bedroom! The minimal-contemporary style keeps the bedroom looking crisp and uncluttered and you can save on floor space by tucking the stool under the shelf when not in use!

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End-Of-The-Bed Sofa

Placing a bench or footstool at the end of a bed is a common choice, but, if you have the room, why not make it a sofa? This sitting area at the footboard of this bed features a sophisticated loveseat with stools that you can use as footrests and coffee tables. It offers ample seating for two, fits right into the glamorous style, and makes great use of the long bedroom space.

Keep in mind that this idea takes up more space and isn’t quite as versatile as chairs (i.e. the sofa can’t be as easily moved to another position). Master bedroom sitting areas like this feel more formal and almost create a small living room area in your bedroom. This look is more of an investment, but a lovely option for a sitting area in the bedroom if you have the space.

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Bench With A View

Placing a long and narrow bench under the window of this bedroom is a perfect way to create a functional sitting area. It offers a lot of surface seating and can be much more versatile and less expensive than an armchair. Although, it’s not furniture you can lean back in and lounge/read, it’s a space-saving and convenient addition. This bench fits perfectly into this contemporary bedroom design but benches are easy to incorporate into almost any bedroom style.

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The Trendy Side Chair

If you really need to maximize space in your master bedroom, you can add a single dining chair next to your nightstand for a simple, understated reading nook. It’s not meant for hours of lounging, but it’s a trendy way to offer a practical seating area and a cool aesthetic to your bedroom. This type of seating feels casual, doesn’t take up much space at all and makes a very simple, affordable addition to a bedroom.

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Loveseat Oasis

This bedroom features a cozy loveseat tucked under windows for a relaxing sitting area. You definitely need extra floor space to make this setup work. It offers ample seating for one or two people as long as you have enough room to make sure it’s not crowded in with the bed. A loveseat adds comfort and makes a master bedroom more of a multipurpose area! It’s a great option for those who spend a lot of time in the bedroom.

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The Corner Nook

We love this classic reading nook in the window. It can only seat one, so it’s not the best choice for couples—but if you only need one chair and one nightstand, this layout is ideal. It features a floor lamp for extra reading light, natural light from the windows, and a large armchair + ottoman in the corner. This type of sitting area feels casual and adds a cozy element to the bedroom.

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One Pouf, Two Pouf

This look offers a trendy take on having a bench at the foot of the bed by using two poufs instead. Having two poufs in complementary styles but totally different looks is a great way to add character to a neutral color design, or bedroom with minimalist style. They are super versatile and you can move them around wherever needed. It’s a very casual and fun seating idea! The seats are soft and comfy and make an inexpensive addition to small bedrooms.

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Solo Seating

For solo seating, we love this simple dining style chair on the side of the room. It’s practical for those who have an occasional need to sit or set things down (i.e. clothes and bags that you don’t want to toss on the floor!). It is more for aesthetic value since it’s not super functional like a lounge chair. This is great if you have an extra dining chair you don’t use and need to give it a new home (you can easily pull it back into the dining room when hosting large dinner parties). This type of seating can feel casual or more formal depending on the chair style, but it’s a simple, understated look all around.

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Chaise Style

Who doesn’t love a chaise lounge for reading and relaxing? This large chaise is placed on one side of the bedroom and makes a perfect lazy lounge area. Bear in mind that it’s a large piece of furniture that takes up significant space, however! And it’s only a one-seater, but if you have pets or kids who love to snuggle with you while you read or have your morning coffee, it is a great choice. This type of seating is less formal because it’s all about providing maximum comfort and casual chill-out vibes.

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Formal Proportions

If you want to try something unique for your master bedroom seating, consider this look! The two modern and comfy chairs fit proportionally with the width of the bed, creating a lovely space for two people to sit and chat or relax. It’s great for medium and smaller bedrooms because the chairs don’t take up a ton of space. It feels plush and comfy, but the symmetry makes it elegant and formal so it can blend into a variety of styles!

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Bay Windows For Two

These two identical armchairs in the bay window of the bedroom are great for bedrooms with an awkward nook, unused inlet, or bay window. The nook creates a more private bedroom sitting area that is great for intimate conversations, reading, or just hanging out in the sunlight! This type of seating offers comfy furniture to lounge in and is really easy to add to a bedroom layout like this.

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Nightstand Seating

This look features consoles used as nightstands for a smart and subdued way to add seating in your bedroom. It’s an awesome idea for maximizing floor space because it allows seating to be tucked away under the “desk.” That way you have an upholstered bench, a desk and a nightstand on each side of the bed. It’s a trendy, compact and casual seating area that can be used as a writing desk, sitting area to put shoes on, makeshift vanity space, and more. This is a great idea if you’re looking for an alternative to nightstands!

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Elevated Bench

This bench at the end of the bed is different from common options for a bedroom because it has a back and arms. As a seating area, it’s way more comfortable and formal than a typical bench. It’s a great idea for casual sitting at the end of the bed and it feels informal but still offers an elegant and sophisticated look to the room. The pouf offers a place to prop up feet—or you can even use it as a side table.

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Rest and Retreat

If you have lots of extra space in your bedroom, consider these large upholstered armchairs. Placed in the bay window, they offer seating for two and each person has their own large chair to kick back and get comfy in. It’s great for morning coffee, reading, and enjoying the natural light. A shared side table and pouf offer additional surface area and comfort. This type of seating is super plush and relaxing, as long as you have the room for furniture pieces like this!

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Space for Spring On A Budget

Tips from Alessandra Wood, PhD & VP of Style at Modsy

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert, taught by the best of the best curators and historians. We picked her brain on the best ways to update your home for spring without breaking the bank. Read on for some of her tips!

Looking for some spring decor ideas to refresh your space, but not flush with cash to spend? Not to worry! Here are 5 easy changes you can make to your home for less (less than $100 to be exact)!

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Ready to see the after? Scroll on for 5 of our favorite budget-friendly spring decor ideas and this complete room transformation.

spring decor ideas1. Change Up Your Pillows

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to swap your throw pillows. This is an easy and affordable way to add a pop of color and a bit more style to your space. You can save a bit more by buying new throw covers and reusing your existing inserts.

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The Cost

Depending on fabric, you can easily score 2-3 new pillows for under $100 or 3-4 pillow covers, if you already have the inserts!

Spring decor ideas2. Restyle Your Bookshelf

The Swap

Knock out two Eames birds with one decor move. Take a moment to get rid of clutter and reorganize your surfaces. This is especially important for open shelving, which can start to feel a little stale (not to mention dusty) after sporting the same old tchotchkes for too long.

Try swapping in small pieces of art or decorative objects and sculptures. Pick up new pieces while you stroll the flea market or in your favorite little boutiques. Not sure where to begin? Sign up for a Modsy design package and our stylists can suggest decor and accessories that match your style and budget.

The Cost

$0-$50, depending on where and how many pieces you buy.

spring decor ideas3. Add Plants Galore

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to add life to your space by, literally, adding life! We love decorating with plants because they never go out of style and they clean your air while they’re at it.

The Cost

Small cacti and succulents usually run less than $5 a pop at hardware stores. Plant them in budget-friendly mini planters or even a few hanging options. If you’re looking for a larger statement, add a tall indoor plant to the mix.

4. Try on a New Paint Color

The Swap

Sometimes the best way to make your space feel new is a fresh coat of paint! If you’re up for a DIY moment, pick up a gallon of paint and create some drama via wall color. Paint just one accent wall, or go for all four if you’re looking to take this spring decor idea to the next level.

The Cost

Depending on the brand you choose and if your walls need primer, painting an accent wall yourself can cost as little as $25 and up to $75.

spring decor ideas5. Rearrange Your Layout

The Swap

If you’re saving your pennies for a summer vacation you can still make your living room feel new again by rearranging your furniture. A new layout creates a new flow in the space, which will change the way you think about that room!

The Cost

Free! Or sign up for Modsy (starting at $69) to try on new layouts virtually before you rearrange them IRL.

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Sofa Buying Guide: Should You Skimp or Splurge on a New Sofa?

So, you’re on the hunt to buy a new sofa. Congratulations! Depending on how far you’ve gotten in your search for your couch, you might have discovered that shopping for furniture isn’t always simple. In fact, finding the right sofa or couch for your living room design is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime (or at least a few years) of happiness together.

The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more). Not to mention it should be a price that doesn’t break the bank.

All that to say, enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.

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While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much money you should spend on one.

Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?

Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, taking up a new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much to spend on a new sofa.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Sofa

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Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa, especially if you’re not even sure what the average cost of a sofa is. A good place to start is getting familiar with some average price ranges for couches and sofas.

Average Cost of Sofas:

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: We’d consider anything above two grand to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

 

Question 2: How Nomadic are You?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half-decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

 

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Question 3: Are You into Trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time. Depending on what you think of trends, here’s what we’d recommend for your next couch.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year. Instead, consider incorporating that velvet trend into a few pillows.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

 

Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear. Be sure to factor your real and fur babies into the equation when buying a piece of furniture.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain-resistant fabric or with a slipcover that you can easily toss in the wash. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

 

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Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?

Just like your mattress, if you use your couch a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or your living room revolves around TV-viewing, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive and mid-range sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.

 

Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home with our 3D designs.

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Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

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Right behind losing weight and quitting a bad habit, one of the most popular New Year resolutions is to save more money. Sounds easy, right? 

Not so fast – ICYMI only around 8% of people in the US manage to keep their resolutions every year. Yikes! 

So what’s a design-savvy, money-conscious person supposed to do? While we aren’t much help with diets and exercise, we can clue you in on some of our favorite, easy, and affordable (even free) ways to refresh your home for 2018.

Ready to hit refresh? Keep scrolling for some of our quick-win ideas for rethinking your spaces for the new year.

refresh your homeRefresh Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly decor updates, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Focus on updating accents and accessories will keep your budget low, while still giving your space a completely new look.

Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug. All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

The best part is that this approach can be as involved or low-lift as you want it to be! You can decide to only replace one or two pieces and leave everything else as is, or you can go all out. And if you change your mind half-way through, you don’t have to worry about living with a half-baked living room redesign for the next 365-or-so days.

A Good Home Design Resolution: If you’re not looking to spend on new accents, an easy and completely free update is to rotate your rug 180 degrees. When a rug stays in one place too long, it can become subject to uneven foot-traffic and sun exposure. Ensure your rug has even color and pile with this little design update!

refresh your homeRepurpose What You Already Have

Think new year, new perspectives. That means looking at all your furnishings in all your rooms with fresh eyes and seeing if any of your existing pieces can work in different areas in your home.

Maybe it’s time for the rug in your bedroom to switch places with the one in your living room. Or perhaps the shelves you used as a bookcase can be turned into a TV stand.

Take a moment to assess what you already have and reinvest in the possibilities of those pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Let in more light by pulling back your curtains and blinds. While it may be winter, your rooms can still benefit from getting lots of natural light whenever possible.

refresh your homeReconfigure Your Layout

If moving furniture from one room to another is too much for you, simply change how pieces are laid out in your spaces.

For instance, rather than having your sofa against a wall, try floating it in your living room; instead of having your dining table in the middle of a space, consider moving it closer to the wall.

The idea is to find new ways to revel in your space by shifting your own perception of it. Take some time and enjoy seeing where and how your pieces can fit.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Sometimes it’s about paring down your furnishings to give it a new look and feel. Do a little furniture edit to see if there are pieces that no longer serve a purpose or resonate with you. This helps open up your space (so long, clutter!) and make room for new pieces.

refresh your homeRestyle Your Mix

Commit yourself to a fresh start by re-exploring design styles and furnishings that might not have appealed to you previously. Instead of going for a full furniture set or a matching look, try finding and mixing pieces in different styles that are within your budget.

It’s never easy pushing your own aesthetic boundaries, but you might just discover a few things that you didn’t think you’d love and which mix nicely with some of your other pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Infuse your room with a new scent with a the addition of a candle or diffuser. This is a subtle and affordable way to enhance the atmosphere in a space instantly.

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3 Ways to Style Your Nightstand: Bring Some Style to Your Bedroom

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Whether you have one or two, a well-styled nightstand is a surefire way to make your bedroom feel personal and put-together. To help you get inspired to design yours, we challenged our designers to take one nightstand and style it three ways.

We chose one of our favorite nightstands as a base: the Audrey Nightstand from West Elm. We love the Mid-Century shape and the textured front. It is the perfect combo of retro and modern! The two roomy drawers are great for hiding midnight snack wrappers, tangled electrical cords, and that retainer you never wear.

Here’s our three favorite ideas for styling your nightstand:

 

Mid-Century Flair

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Geometric shapes, organic materials, and neutral colors make this one nightstand perfect for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts. The geometric details on the Audrey Nightstand pair perfectly with the geometry of the Mason Table Lamp. The Sum Total artwork also brings a signature, mid-century graphic pop to the design.

Stylist Tip: Our rule of thumb for styling surfaces, is to think in threes. This brings both balance and variation to the scene, and makes our eye happy when we look at it. Try picking objects with various heights, such as vases for flowers and trays to hold your odds and ends.

 

Bohemian Chic

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For those who like a clean and earthy look, style your nightstand with a fresh and eclectic feel. The unfinished texture of the lamp harmonizes with the other natural elements in the scene, such as the Ibex Sculpture .

Stylist Tip: Use your lamp to help determine how high to hang your artwork. Because this lamp is taller, the Blue Cactus artwork is hung lower to balance the composition. Don’t be afraid to hang your artwork off-center if you want a more eclectic look!

 

Graphic and Glamorous

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Full of statement pieces, this more glamorous design is full of graphic patterns and gold accents. The stripes in the Changes Rug pull in the graphic lines of the Naomi Campbell artwork for a unified space. The gold accents in the accessory pieces bring out the finishes of the Audrey nightstand, pushing the look more Glam!

Stylist Tip: For a chic and unexpected twist, prop your artwork against the wall on the floor next to your nightstand.

 

 

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Best in Show: Our Favorite Home Decor Finds from Target

A great retailer of on-trend and wallet-friendly furniture, Target is an amazing place to shop for home decor. Their collection features a range of options to suit every style and budget, and sometimes all it takes is a little imagination to see how the look can come together.

To help show you the possibilities, we curated three looks for three popular styles with our favorite Target pieces from our 3D catalogue.

Browse the looks below and try on your favorite pieces in your 3D home.

 

Rustic and Cozy

Create a rustic and cozy reading nook or spruce up your entryway with this simple round up of Target favorites. The Amelia Area Rug in cream and gold (starting at $299) creates a warm and inviting foundation for the space, and the intricate floral pattern adds a layer of richness and rustic texture.

Pair it with the Beechhurst Button Tufted Bench ($229) for an extra dose of understated elegance. The combination of the button tufting with the rustic wood frame adds a note of polish while still keeping your space feeling cozy and inviting.

Finally, the 6-Cube Organizer Shelf ($60) allows for open and organized storage. Dress it up with a few vases or your favorite books – this simple bookcase is super versatile. It can be used horizontally or vertically, so you can easily repurpose it when you want to redecorate or mix up your look.

 

Trendy and Comfy

For those of you who love the look of Mid Century Modern interiors but can’t quite imagine living in them, this modern and comfy living room might be the look for you. Featuring some of our all-time favorite Target finds, this space feels trendy but is still livable and inviting.

The Windson Wood Armchair ($230), which made our hit list for the best lounge chairs under $500, and the Porter Mid Century Modern TV Stand ($275) sport the warm woods and organic forms of classic Mid Century pieces. Pair them with the Nate Berkus Tribal Area Rug ($129) for a pop of color and to give your space a bit of personality and texture.

The Linhigh Woven Wire Coffee Table ($149) is a fun alternative to a standard coffee table. The minimal and modern wire form is sure to start a conversation, and makes the piece super light and easy to move (great for all you nomadic home designers out there).

The ultimate statement piece, we cannot get enough of the Iris Floor Lamp ($229). The elegant silhouette and luxe pops of gold make this a total eye-catcher, as it lends a glamorous and sophisticated touch to any space.

 

Chic and Inviting

Create an enviable entryway with this collection of glamorous Target finds that look a great deal more expensive than they are (sticker shock in the best way). The sleek and minimal Stepney Console Table ($129) has a glam and modern vibe, and the unique Z-base adds extra intrigue to the look.

Perched atop the console, the Audrey Desk Lamp ($40) is a great option for low-profile and flexible lighting. Hanging out next to the Cosette Armchair ($199), it makes for a stylish reading lamp, or try it out on your desk or nightstand. The Cosette Armchair is also a great option if you are looking to add some contemporary seating to your home. The upholstered low back and high arms give this chair a statement shape, while the long tapered legs keep it feeling light and elegant.

Finally, no chic entry would be complete without a fully stocked bar cart. The current must-have item of any trendy interior, bar carts often come with price tags that will make your eyes bulge. But that’s only one of the reasons why we love the Wood & Brass Bar Cart ($129). The gold frame and wood shelves are an ultra-chic combo, and the casters make it easy to maneuver. A great option for small spaces or if you are just looking to add a pop of glam to your home.

 

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6 of our Favorite Lounge Chairs Under $500

6 Chairs under $500

Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to sit by yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee and some alone time. What better place than curling up in a cozy lounge chair? But finding that perfect chair is sometimes the biggest hurdle, and many come with price tags that might make you want to spring for a ticket to Europe instead. To help, we rounded up 6 of our favorite lounge chairs under $500 so you can find your happy place without breaking the bank.

See one you love? Let us know and we’ll show it to you in your living room, designed with your style.

 

1. Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair, $399

Chairs under $500

A playful take on a familiar camping staple, we can’t get enough of this leather butterfly chair. We love it because it’s a great statement piece at an even greater price that works well across many styles – pair it with your mid-century modern, industrial, rustic, bohemian, or even contemporary decor scheme.

We also think the leather butterfly chair is great for small spaces, making it one of our most-used products in apartments. It has a small footprint so it won’t eat up valuable real estate, and the leather seat creates a comfy cocoon, so it feels like a substantial armchair.

Stylist Tip: Take your butterfly chair look from day to night by swapping your mug of coffee for a glass of wine.

 

2. Book Nook Armchair, $349

Chairs under $500

This chair was an easy pick for our under $500 hit list. We love the Book Nook armchair because its curved shape makes for the perfect place to cozy up with a book (or with Netflix, we don’t judge).

Sporting a sleek, no-frills yet approachable form, we love how this chair melds with any style. So whether you’re a hard core mid-century modern fangirl or if you prefer a more contemporary and clean look, the Book Nook armchair will fit right in. And at $399, this chair is a great pick for those who are looking to invest in a great quality piece that transcends style and will work with you for years to come.

 

3. Agency Chair, $349

Chairs under $500

Do you have pets who destroy all things upholstered? If that sounds like your daily struggle then please allow us to introduce you to your new BFF, the Agency woven wire mesh chair. Consistently described as “surprisingly comfortable,” this chair is another of our under $500 favorites.

We love how this chair is durable, easy to clean, and totally pet-proof. The open and airy frame makes this another favorite of small space-dwellers, and it’s a great way to add an industrial accent to your home.

Stylist Tip: Pair this chair with a sheepskin throw for an extra dose of comfort and glam!

 

4. Dhurrie Occasional Chair, $498

Chairs under $500

A petite little number, we had to add this nugget to bring some color to our favorite chairs under $500 list. We love the colors and vintage-inspired pattern, rendered in a washed velvet for a little extra glam. This chair is a great way to bring a little pop of eclectic, bohemian vibes to your space (and when we say “little” we do mean that this chair is pretty petite so you might want to try it on in your space to see).

5. Chinese Chippendale Chair, $499

Chairs under $500

For those of you who identify your style as a bit more on the classic and formal side, this Chippendale style chair has your name on it. With a frame rendered in a chinoiserie bamboo motif, this chair harkens back to a sense of tradition and will bring an element of formal elegance to any space.

Available in a rainbow of colors, we love this chair for anyone with a taste for finer things (but maybe not the budget).

 

6. Windson Wood Arm Chair, $230

Chairs under $500

Love the look of mid-century modern furniture but can’t swing the prices? Fret no more because we’ve got you covered with this amazingly affordable mid-century style armchair. We love the sleek shape of these chairs, which flaunt a mid-century silhouette but aren’t over the top.

So even if your style isn’t mid-century, we think these chairs lend a lovely modern aesthetic to any space. Weighing in at only $230, we extra love them because you can even get a pair under $500 to really fill out your living room look.

 

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A Living Room Under Budget

And Why We Think $6,000 is Reasonable

A little bit modern, a little bit eclectic. That’s the vibe we are channeling in this fresh and airy little living room number. A palette of blues and neutrals gives the space a fresh and calming vibe, while the playful patterns in the rug and artwork keep it feeling contemporary. But there’s more to designing a living room than style. We’ll set the scene: You discover Modsy and are so excited to start your home design journey. Finally, a headache-free way to try before you buy – go ahead, cut the tags off! You sign up, take the Style Quiz, and answer all the fun questions about your dream living room. And then comes the question about budget… Oh futon.

 

Mom always said, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a free sofa, or a free sofa to eat your lunch on (but really, shouldn’t you be eating at the dining table?). And while saving for a new car or a beach vacation is probably somewhere on your to-do list, we are betting you didn’t budget a whole lot to furnish your living room.

 

We are just going to come out and say it: buying furniture is expensive. You can’t go around it, you can’t go over it, you have to go through it and pay the extra taxes + shipping + handling. So rather than turning “budget” into a dirty word, we think it’s important to educate our users, and everyone else looking to design their home, about what it really costs to furnish a living room.

 

Brace yourself: the average cost to furnish a living room from the scratch is around $10,000+. If this is giving you major sticker shock, don’t worry you are not alone! It’s not our fault we’ve been lied to by all the beautiful pins and DIY trickery. You know those photos of gorgeous living rooms inside the glossy pages of Architectural Digest or Elle Decor that make your eyeballs drool? We all want our homes to look like that, but we don’t want to spend our kids’ college tuition to get there (yes, these spaces cost around $100k and that is not including the million dollar art collection!)

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So what’s a budget-savvy, smart, good design seeking homeowner to do? Before you begin to panic and cancel your Netflix account and vow to only eat soup for a year to save for your #livingroomgoals, we’ve worked some Modsy Magic and created a lovely living room with a price tag of only $6,000.

**You might be thinking, “Six thousand dollars still sounds like a LOT of moolah…” and yes while it is definitely a solid four figures, allow me to explain how we got to that number. Do a quick Google search on “living room budget” and you will find most interior designers calling out 10 big ones as the average “middle tier” for a complete living room overhaul. A lot of other articles claim it’s possible to get the look for $1,000, but the fine print discloses lower quality furniture and impractical DIYs.

We think six thousand dollars is the Goldilocks of living room price tags. Not too hot not too cold, not too expensive and not too poor-quality. Aside from taking a peek at the collection we created, we also polled our stylists for some of their favorite budget-friendly saving styling tips. That’ll do piggy bank. That’ll do.

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The Under $6,000 Collection

 

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