Refreshing your living room is like getting a haircut – it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money, but it makes you feel so happy and proud. All it takes is a few accessories in an updated color palette to get that rush of happiness when you walk through your door.
Part of my job with Target is to help their guest figure out what to do with a piece that they see and like. Sure, they like it, but Will it Work? To help with these woes, I created some budget living rooms with 100% Target, where the accessories alone are under $500 (which is why there aren’t a ton of accessories on here).
Now obviously you wouldn’t start from scratch, and generally a refresh is just accessories, but a mood board of pillows and lamps is a bit less impactful so we went ahead and designed three totally different budget-friendly living rooms, using 100% Target furniture and accessories. I kept the neutral furniture the same in all three to show you how much the accessories can really transform a room.
For those of you who lean traditional, with a modern bent this look could be for you. Blues and greens are fresh and work year-round to add some pop, without a lot of boldness. It’s calm and serene, but feels pulled together and stylish.
That sofa, while a futon, is INSANELY good for how inexpensive it is. I haven’t sat on it and it’s probably not going to be great for 4 people watching a Netflix marathon, but if you are in the market of a stylish, inexpensive sleeper sofa – check that guy out. The rug I had in my master bedroom until I stole Birdie’s old rug from her (that 4″ plush white one) but Brian and I both really liked this rug and we are currently hoarding it in our garage.
I will note that the height of the coffee table is a bit high for that futon but we liked it and assumed that most of you aren’t buying the entire set (just FYI).
Lastly that cabinet is AMAZING for $299. It’s one of those pieces that could go in any style house.
For those of you who can handle more color and lean bohemian, this one is for you. Same neutral furniture, but with a few pops of a saturated color can add so much energy to your home. Remember when they launched their global line last spring? Well so many good pieces are still there. That macrame wall hanging is great, the tasseled throw is awesome, I’ve bought that round pillow now 3 times for different jobs and the gold side table is a refreshing new take on the drum. Oh gah, and I love the sofa pillows with various tassels and fringe and the blue vase (which I have and love).
Lastly if you shy away from bright colors, then go for more pattern and textures in your accessories, within your neutral palette. Vary the scales of the patterns, like I’ve done here to make sure that it doesn’t become too busy. And by adding some black accents it gives the room some depth and makes it feel grounded. We tried to keep our accessory budget under $500 but if we could have added more we would have because man, Target is killing it in this particular style right now (and yes, we love California Casual, too). I want to go back in time and add a third pillow on that sofa, but it would have tipped us over our imaginary budget … next time.
When shopping your options can feel endless – which can be both exhilarating (to people like me) and daunting (to the rest of human-kind). Hopefully this can help you have a bit more confidence when shopping knowing that if you just copy this, it is guaranteed to look good 🙂
We have a bedroom post coming up this week too, so if you are in the market, stay tuned …