6 Budget-Friendly Home Styling For a Luxe-Looking Space

Liz Besanson
by Liz Besanson

I'm going to share with you six budget-friendly home styling tips to help you create a very high-end, luxe-looking space. Whether you own your home or rent, these tips are for you.

Far too often, we see magazine-worthy designs and attempt to replicate them, but the result may fall short of our expectations. Let's explore why this happens and how you can enhance your home decor affordably.

How to refresh your couch

1. Recover your couch

Couches can be quite pricey, ranging from $1,500 to nearly $10,000.

New couch covers

If you're on a budget but want to improve your couch's appearance, consider investing in beautiful covers. Explore online stores like Etsy for linen couch covers. There are two options here:

Adding a new couch cover
  1. Get a linen cover that matches your couch's size and tuck it in for a classic look.
  2. Invest a bit more (still less than a new couch) to have a custom cover made to fit snugly. A custom-fit cover will cost a few hundred dollars.

Reupholster your couch

You can also reupholster your couch if you're feeling crafty, using fabric from a local store.

If you really want to aim for a budget-friendly option, measure your couch, purchase a generously oversized piece of linen or your favorite fabric, and cover your couch by tucking the fabric into corners, the back, and between pillows.

If you’re very handy and have sewing skills, you can fully reupholster your couch. You’ll need a staple gun and enough fabric to cover your couch pillows, and frame. There are plenty of YouTube videos you can watch to get precise instructions on reupholstering furniture.

Adding couch accessories

Couch accessories

To elevate your look a bit more, I would add pillows matching your fabric and decor in various sizes and shapes. Pillows will give a couch or chair a finished, polished look.

Different types of light fixtures

2. Change up lighting

Outdated lamps and fixtures can make a room look dated. You'd be surprised how easily you can replace a ceiling's flush mount lighting with modern alternatives. Lighting plays a crucial role in design, and budget-friendly options are available at discount stores.

Upcycling furniture

3. Upcycle furniture

Before buying new furniture, evaluate what you already have. Vintage or family heirloom pieces with good bones can be transformed with a bit of creativity.

I have taken vintage furniture from thrift stores and have made it look like it can be sold at a high-end store for thousands of dollars, and sometimes, all it takes is a good sander and some stain.

Sanding and staining can work wonders, or consider painting for a fresh, modern look. Priming and painting are easier alternatives.

I want you to look at what you currently have. If you have an old coffee table, is the shape cool? Maybe it's just an outdated color. Try sanding it down and putting a fresh coat of stain on it.

Furniture before the DIY
Painting furniture

Painting furniture

Consider priming and painting the table if staining and sanding are out of your league. I have found that just tweaking can make things look fresh and modern, which you're after.

Adding wallpaper to a space

4. Use wallpaper

Changing your wall color or texture can have a significant impact. Wallpaper is trending, with options like peel-and-stick varieties for easy installation. You can easily just unravel a large piece of wallpaper and peel the backing right off.

You can transform an entire room with a single color of paint or add some fresh wallpaper. Neutral tones like browns and greens can lend sophistication without going all white. There are many shades of beautiful neutral tones that are subtle and soft.

Refreshing decor pieces

5. Declutter decor

A lot of people are very sentimental when it comes to their home decor. They have keepsakes passed down into the family, and they have heirlooms that are very personal and sentimental to them.

While sentimental items are precious, an abundance of old decor can make your space appear cluttered and outdated. Consider relocating these items and incorporating fresh, modern pieces from thrift stores. It's an affordable way to experiment with new decor styles.

Creating DIY artwork

6. Change out artwork

Artwork can be a focal point in your space. You don't have to splurge on expensive pieces.

Try these approaches:

  • Create your artwork on a large, affordable canvas.
  • Repurpose old canvases with a fresh coat of paint.
  • If DIY isn't your thing, check out retailers like Target, Walmart, HomeGoods, or HomeSense for budget-friendly artwork.

I like to go to the thrift store where people have donated their old 1980s canvases and buy those. Sometimes, they're under $10, and once you take home, put a fresh coat of white paint over them, and use your imagination, you end up with gorgeous artwork.

Home styling tips

I hope these home styling tips were helpful to you. What are your plans for your home style? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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  • P P on Mar 19, 2024
    In college, I got a pair of thrift-store used gold heavy curtains, damask maybe- sewed them together for enough width & using the staple gun recovered the hideous hippie couch we had. When it went to the curb a few housemates later, I saved the curtains & made them into a Renaissance Festival gown for myself! Now, that was a bargain!
  • Pat Pat on May 12, 2024
    Sorry, I disagree with your couch styling. There is nothing worse than being offered a seat on a couch or chair that is covered with "stylish" pillows. What do you do with them? Sit on them? Move them aside and ruin the ascetics? Throw them on the floor? What? My advise is, when styling couches or chairs, remember the KISS principal if you really want people to feel comfortable.