Shop Like a Decorator: How Designers Would Update a Living Room for Under $300

Shop Like a Decorator: How Designers Would Update a Living Room for Under $300

Caroline Biggs
Sep 5, 2017

Finding affordable ways to breathe new life into a tired space is never easy. While there's no shortage of beautiful decor to ogle online, staying on budget is a whole different task entirely. So, who better than an innovative design firm (a.k.a. expert shoppers!) to help us figure out how to get the most decorative bang for our buck? We called on Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, the creative forces behind Consort to see exactly how they'd spend $300 to bring a little life to a stale living room. Here's what they had to say...

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Gunmetal Gray Paint at PPG Paint, $30/gallon

According to Consort, there are few things a crisp coat of paint can't fix. "A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to perk up a room," Quattrone says. "We love this gunmetal gray that takes any space in a sophisticated direction."

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Marble Picture Frame at CB2, $19.99

"Major marble moments can cost you a pretty penny," Sanders explains, "but this tabletop version allows you to show off the statement stone without taking a chunk out of your wallet."

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New Zealand Natural Single Sheepskin at Domino, $69

"Add a pop of warmth and texture to your living room with a classic sheepskin rug," Quattrone says. "You can just toss it on the floor or over the back of a sofa to score an instant dose of cozy chic."

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Black Iris Candle by Standard Wax at Consort, $32

When in decorating doubt, the guys at Consort recommend following your nose. "Never forget the power of a seductive scent when refreshing a room," Sanders explains. "We love these candles because you can repurpose their lovely handmade vessels after the candle has burned out."

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Draper Floor Lamp (Black) at One Kings Lane, $148

Sanders suggests opting for some ambient light to really set the tone for your revamped living space. "Try shedding new light on the situation with a fetching floor lamp that combines form and function with interesting sculptural details."

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