High & Low: Build a Transitional Modern Living Room On Any Budget

published Feb 27, 2017
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It’s up for debate for sure but I think for many, the living room—especially for apartment or condo dwellers—is the most used space in their home. It’s where you relax, entertain, get some work done and maybe even have a bite in front of the T.V. Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t do all that and still have a stylish and functional living room. If you like neutrals with a sprinkle of personality and dash of modern style, then you’re going to love this living room and we’er going to show you how it’s possible on any budget.

The original inspiration for this look came from this fabulous home tour we spotted on Apartment 34. This living room is a perfect example of a space that is filled with neutrals but doesn’t lack any personality with lots of interesting textures, styles and finishes plus some fun art to make it both relaxed yet modern.

If you have the budget and appreciate brand names then go big with this more luxe selection to get the look:

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  1. Stanley Pendant at Anthropologie, $748 each (x2)
  2. PB Comfort Squad Arm Upholstered Sofa at Pottery Barn, $1,299
  3. Greenwich Side Table at Target, $246
  4. Salt & Pepper Cowhide Rug at Zohi Interiors, $399
  5. Remi Bookcase at Crate & Barrel, $899
  6. Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair at Knoll, $1,175 (x2)
  7. White Faux Fur Throw Blanket at CB2, $149 each (x2)


If you don’t have the budget or want to mix and match with some more affordable pieces, try this look:

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1. Knoxville Pendant Light at Wayfair, $68 each (x2)
2. Logan Loveseat at Wayfair, $550
3. Sims Metal Tray End Table in White at All Modern, $28
4. Salt & Pepper Cowhide Rug at Overstock, $301
5. 4-Shelf Bookcase at Target, $179
6. Bertoia Style Diamond Chair at Modern Furniture Knockoff, $249 each (x2)
7. Faux Fur Pelt at Target, $33 each (x2)