March 16th, 2020

Home Improvement

As it goes with most things in life, just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s automatically the superior choice. Sometimes, something cheaper just has enough appeal to outshine it’s more premium counterparts. This is especially true when prioritizing function over form. I mean, if all you need to do is get from point A to point B, what’s the point of getting a Lambo when a Toyota Camry gets the job done? But opting for the cheaper alternative doesn’t have to mean sacrificing form for function either, especially with regards to home design.

With a keen eye for style, there’s a lot of ways to spruce up your home, even when on you’re on a budget. Read on to find out about three such things to liven up and transform that living area of yours for relatively cheap.

A Pop of Color

There’s no need for major renovations to achieve a more stylish living area. One foolproof way to bring a dull and dreary living area to life is by decorating it with well-curated art and accessories like candles, throw pillows, table runners. These little elements don’t have to be expensive or hard-to-find, you can find great deals online and or even through thrifting. You can coordinate your decor with your living area’s current color scheme, or if the budget allows, you can change up the living area’s color scheme according to your new artistic finds.


Indoor plants don’t only bring a room to life, but they can also serve as a (literal) breath of fresh air in a stuffy, boring space. This is especially effective in small living areas that don’t have windows. The possibilities are endless, you can go for low-maintenance plants such as cacti and other succulents, or get fancy with hanging plants such as hanging pothos and towering monstera deliciosa. If you’re not confident with your gardening skills, there’s nothing wrong with going for artificial plants either. 


Your room’s lighting can either make or break your living area’s look and feel. Actively avoid installing glaring fluorescent white lights that automatically cheapen the entire space. Instead, invest in different forms of mood lighting such as lamps, sconces, and even chandeliers if you’re feeling fancy. If you have art or plants you would like to draw attention to, get spotlights above them to make them your room’s center of attention. 

Living areas are meant to receive plenty of foot traffic, making them it place for conversation and bonding. Achieve a warmer social space by installing mood lighting in warm golden hues. If you’re unsure of how to properly and stylishly light your living area, call a home design professional to get the job done.

With a little bit of careful picking and choosing, making your home look classier doesn’t have to set you back a metric ton. If you find yourself still struggling to pick and choose even with the tips above, you may want to consider working with a professional interior designer from Design Basics to help make your vision come true at the best price.