The Best $50 You Can Spend On Your Living Room This Month, According to Design Experts
Even if your house is fully furnished and has every detail set, a design lover will always find a way to tinker with their living room. There’s always an itch to update something, but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for a massive overhaul.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can refresh the space while still being thrifty. We asked interior design experts what they thought was the best $50 you can spend on your living rooms this month, and their answers were varied and eclectic.
Though their responses ran the gamut from candles to a D.I.Y. project, we have a feeling you’re going to find some shopping inspiration below. Cha-ching!
1. Chill Out With a Candle
“I’m a little obsessed with candles and there’s nothing more inviting in a living space than a pleasant scent. My absolute favorite is the Volcano candle from Anthropologie. The standard size is $30 and it has a burn-time of 85 hours. They also come in Mini and Giant sizes and are outfitted in aesthetically pleasing jars that would complement any decor.” — Amber Guyton, founder of Blessed Little Bungalow
2. Embrace Your Green Thumb
“The best $50 you can spend on your living room this month is either in a can of paint a statement plant. A big Bird of Paradise, anyone?” —Justina Blakeney, interior designer and founder of the Jungalow
“Most living rooms could use more greenery. Introducing even a small house plant creates such a feeling of freshness that is difficult to achieve otherwise. I love how indoor plants provide a subtle variation with all the more structured, inorganic things in our spaces.”—Caitlin Murray, interior designer and founder of Black Lacquer Design,
3. Treat Yourself to a Tray
4. Create a Kodak Moment
“August is generally a time to wrap up summer fun and get serious for the fall. Instead of being upset that summer is almost over, commemorate your memories with a framed photo of a special moment. Framebridge makes it incredibly easy to highlight any Instagram photo in a custom-built frame, perfect for that small wall you’ve been struggling with or as the start of a gallery wall.” —Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and vice president of Modsy
5. Purchase Some Pillows
“A living room must are pillows for your sofa. I always find a great deal on throw pillows at HomeGoods and rarely spend over $45 on a nice set of heavy, plush ones that give the room just the right amount of pop-of-color or pattern, as well as the additional comfort your space needs.” —Amber Guyton
6. Buy a Blanket
“A favorite indulgence of mine is a comfy throw, for me, my kids, and our guests. Choose one with a fun pattern or surprising color to keep draped over the arm of a chair or piled in with others inside of a vintage basket. It’s nice to have on hand, especially for those cooler evenings we hope are around the corner! My favorite throw blanket is a soft coral chenille throw that was my mother-in-law’s. It reminds me of her, which I love.” —Maggie Griffin, interior designer
7. Wallpaper That Wows