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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tips For Designing a Budget Friendly Living Room

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I'm back after 5 days in Atlanta, GA attending the Haven blogging conference.  I had an amazing time connecting with other bloggers and learning a tremendous amount of information.  Once I can gather my thoughts I'll do a wrap up post, but first I want to share how it's possible to decorate an affordable space if you don't have the time to shop around from store to store.

You probably know that World Market is one of my favorite stores, so of course I jumped at the chance to share an affordable room board showcasing their new Supernatural collection.  I've linked to many World Market products in past mood boards and love that they have a wide variety of styles while staying affordable.  Unfortunately, we don't have one in our area anymore, but I was able to make time to check out the one in Atlanta last weekend.  As I was wondering around, checking everything out, I realized just how easy it is to decorate a space using items entirely from their store!

Tips and ideas on how to decorate on a budget and design the perfect living room.
I've said many times that decorating a room takes time.  It doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't have to come from the same store or be bought all at once.  Some of my favorite spaces in our home are ones that have evolved over time as I found my style or waited for items to go on sale.  But, what if you don't have time? What if you're the type of person that needs to see everything at once?  What if you hate shopping or don't have the patience to search online or go from store to store?  I'm here to tell you that it IS possible to walk in a store and decorate an entire space on a budget.

I usually suggest working with what you have, but if you're starting from scratch and need to decorate an entire space on a budget these tips may be helpful. 

- Wait for a sale.  I was able to snag this beautiful World Market Coffee table for our basement during a 20% off sale AND get free shipping.   I'm not a patient person, but I WILL wait for a sale in order to save money. 

- Use large scale artwork to reduce the amount of wall decor needed.  

-Fill in gaps and empty spaces with plants.  Place them in the corner of a room (I love to use wicker baskets for planters) for an easy and inexpensive way to add height to your space.

- Splurge on key pieces such as a sofa or rug.  They can set the stage for the entire space allowing you to fill in the rest of room with inexpensive items. 

-Get the same look with faux materials and fabrics.  In my opinion, there's no need (especially if you have kids!) to spend extra money on the real deal.  You can easy fake the look of metal or concrete with paint or get the look of fur or leather with faux fabrics.  

- Easily create the look of a custom space by adding custom molding.  I'm partial to using inexpensive plywood to create the look of shiplap or poplar boards to add the look of board and batten. 

If you have a small space like myself, I especially love these awesome tips from HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder.

- Find an inspiration piece.  I like to start with a picture or rug that I can design an entire space around.  Something that has color or textures that pulls the room together.  In this case, I fell in love with the blues, grays and yellow/green colors in this art piece.  

- Pick a few colors from your inspiration piece and build your space around the 60-30-10 design rule.  Sixty percent dominant color, thirty percent secondary color and ten percent accent color.  I don't always follow this rule exactly, but it's a good way to think about how to get a cohesive look and tie colors together.   I like to keep my walls, area rugs and large scale furniture neutral and bring in other colors through artwork and accessories.    

- Add texture and dimension to make your space interesting.  I love adding texture with baskets or blankets and dimension to walls with molding.  Baskets are great in the living room to store blankets, extra pillows or kids toys.  Other textures to think about are leather, faux fur, tufting, lace, metal, wood, sweater......the possibilities are endless!

- Don't be afraid to mix materials.  Most of my spaces tend to have a mix of wood, glass and a combination of metals.  It's okay if your lamp is brass and your side table legs are oil rubbed bronze.  You can keep it cohesive and intentional by bringing in other decor pieces of the same metals.  Mixing metals and materials is definitely one of the home decor color trends that I think is here to stay.  

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Along with gorgeous new fall decor, World Market also has a pretty amazing sweepstakes going on right now.  You can enter the Spruce Up Your Space  for a chance to win a $5,000 World Market shopping spree PLUS design consultation with celebrity designer Nicole Curtis.  There will also be three first prize winners who will receive a $1,000 World Market gift card.  Giveaway ends 09/30/2016.  How's that for a giveaway?

Using a few simple decorating tips, I was able to design an affordable living room entirely from World Market.  Now that's what I call one stop shopping.   I'd love to know what you would splurge on if you won the $5,000 World Market giftcard! 


  1. This is awesome! And so helpful! I feel like I have one area of our living room decorated super well, but I need help with the rest! Thanks!

  2. Oh how I love World Market! They really do have something for everyone. Thanks for the great tips, especially about adding things with texture. I think that's one of the best budget-friendly ways to decorate a space.

  3. Such great tips and I love how your basement is coming along!

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