5 Ways To Update Your Living Room On A Budget

Your living room is the main area in your home to spend quality time with family, friends or even by yourself. Therefore it’s so important to be able to relax & feel confident in your surroundings (as well as house proud when you do have guests round!).

Updating your living room needn’t cost a fortune & I’ve come up with some handy suggestions on some affordable ways to turn it from drab to fab.

Firstly, assess your room & try to see it from a critical eye. If you have a brutally honest friend to call upon that you think has good style then call upon them to point out things you may not have thought about. What are the dull, lifeless parts of the room? What needs to stay & what needs to go?

1. Paint – now this isn’t necessarily the easiest or quickest project but it will make the biggest difference in a room. If your woodwork is yellowing or your wallpaper flaking then it’s time to do some DIY. A tin of paint can cost as little as £10.00 but make a huge difference.

2. Mirror – not only do mirrors look great & provide a focal point/statement piece but they also bounce light around a room so are perfect for making small spaces look bigger.

3. Get crafty – whether that’s hanging frames to create a gallery wall or upcycling an unloved piece of furniture. Browse Pinterest for all sorts of inspiration on turning junk into treasure.

4. Soft furnishings – cushions & throws can instantly change up a room. Instead of buying a new sofa why not change things up with some new cushions (you could even make your own – see my tutorial here). This is a great way to add colour to a room too without making too much of a commitment.

5. Accessories – finally, remember to add life to the room with new accessories which can be picked up in many hughstreet stores for great prices. From changing shades on lamps to adding picture frames to a sideboard or even purchasing candles & flowers. The skies the limit & will really make it feel like home.




  1. Sarah
    August 14, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Hi Charlotte
    I have been following you for around a year now and it’s the first time I have wrote other than a cheeky ? on your Instaposts!
    Just wanted to say I absolutely love your home, children but what I mostly love is your hilarious observations on family life. Keep keeping it real as I love it along with all of your followers!
    Sarah x

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 15, 2017 / 7:05 am

      Aww thank you so much Sarah! x

  2. Zanda
    September 19, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Hi Charlotte,
    What is the colour for walls please? Xx

    • Louise
      October 28, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Did you find out what colour the paint is in this picture please???

      • Charlotte Amor Valentine
        October 28, 2017 / 11:34 am

        Hi Louise, it’s Dulux almond white x

  3. October 7, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Hi I have a sofa very similar to the chesterfield you have, it’s in light grey material. The grey poufett i. The lounge looks velour, would a grey velour go with my material sofa ‘s thanks

  4. Celine
    October 13, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Hello Charlotte
    Your house is so lovely!!
    I have questions. Can toi tell me where did u find the heart and the low table ! Is is gorgeous

    Thanks for your answer
    Best regards


  5. October 20, 2017 / 5:35 am

    Charlotte, I loved the console and the mirror. Where did you get them from?? Could you also please send me dimensions of the console and the colour??

    Thank you!!!

    • Madeleine swallow
      August 24, 2021 / 2:28 am

      Where did you find th console mirror and lamps?

  6. Yazzy
    December 26, 2017 / 9:32 am

    The console is beautiful. Could you share where you got it from please?

    Many thanks

  7. Sarah
    January 2, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Where is the console table from ?

  8. Becki Morris
    April 1, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Please could you let me know where your settee and foot stool is from?

    Many thanks

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      April 4, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Hi Becky! The sofa is DFS ‘Ashby’ which has now been discontinued unfortunately. You can find the footstool on Ebay or on the shop my style page of my blog x

      • Grainne
        August 5, 2018 / 7:52 pm

        Hi Charlotte

        What shade is your sofa? It looks like it’s of the beige family but could be grey. I’m looking at the dfs Phoebe range and my carpet looks a similar shade to yours.


        • Charlotte Amor Valentine
          August 5, 2018 / 8:10 pm

          It’s ‘oyster’ on the DFS website lovely x

  9. Becki Morris
    April 1, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Please could you let me know where your settee and foot stool is from?

    Many thanks

  10. Dinah
    April 1, 2018 / 10:09 pm


    Where did you get your sofas from? They are lovely!

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      April 4, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Hi Dinah, the sofa’s are from DFS but have been discontinued now unfortunately 🙁 lots similar though x

  11. Jen
    April 18, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I too would like to know where you got the console table from please:)

  12. Genevieve
    June 28, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Hi Charlotte

    I love the mirror. Where could I find one? I have been looking for the perfect t one for so long now.

    Many thanks

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      June 28, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Hi Genevieve, see tomorrows post with Home Tour Friday on the living room – the link will be in there for you 🙂 x

      • Lucy
        July 9, 2018 / 7:55 pm

        Can u please share where I can get a mirror like that 🙂

  13. Lucy
    July 9, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Love your Living room ?. I’ve been looking for a mirror like that where did you get yours ?

  14. Sandi Greenwood
    July 25, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    Hi, where did you get the console table from? Sorry to ask the question again but couldn’t see the answer. Thanks

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      July 27, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Everythings linked in the Home Tour Friday – living room post 🙂 x

  15. Lynnette
    March 25, 2020 / 6:23 am

    Where did u get the white tv stand with the 4 baskets?

  16. Emma
    May 21, 2020 / 1:43 pm

    Hi, I’m looking for a carpet like in this picture. What colour and brand is it please?