How to Redesign Your Family Room for $350 or Less

by Kimberly Foerst
It’s a new season, and that means it’s the perfect time to update your living room or family room, especially if you will be hosting family and friends over the holidays.

Living Room

Refresh the Paint
Choose a new color or just apply a new coat of the same color. Paint the whole room or create an accent wall. A few paint supplies and a gallon of paint and primer combined should not cost much. Budget $75.
Update Your Window Treatments
New elegant window curtains will make an immediate impact on the room. Blackout curtains will also help improve energy efficiency by insulating the room and keeping the warmth in during the colder months and blocking heat in the warmer months. If you have two windows in the room, plan to spend $100 to $125 on new window treatments.

Insulated Grommet Blackout Window Curtains

Add Decorative Pillows
We’ve said it before. Adding decorative pillows is one of the most inexpensive ways to change the look of a room. It’s the perfect way to add bold colors, patterns and textures to the room. Three decorative pillows should do the trick and will cost about $75.
Make or Find a Statement Piece
Spend a few dollars at your local craft store to create a gorgeous new wreath or a large framed mirror. Or shop your local flea market or second-hand store for heavily discounted art or furniture such as a coffee table or chandelier you can easily clean up and install. Pieces like this can be found for $25, and DIY art can be made for even less.

Luca Fur Throw

Add a Throw
Throws look great draped over a sofa, but they are also functional during the colder months. Sherpa-lined throws specifically provide warmth and coziness. This will run you less than $50.
If you add up everything here, you will probably spend less than $350 to give your family room a whole new look that you’ll feel proud to show off.
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