Affordable living room furniture gives you a chance to decorate on a budget. You might not even think that you can get new furniture but you really need it. Furniture is one of the items that can easily make your room look outdated. Therefore it's also an easy way to make your room look updated. Even if you have a very small budget with a little bit of creativity you can get affordable living room furniture that is still high on style.
Go with what you love instead of the trends. If you go with trendy furniture you always run the risk of things becoming out of date as well as you'll be buying the most in demand pieces. Instead, you really need to be in touch with your own design style. This will allow you to go to garage sales, search the Internet want ads, and use inherited pieces. This can save you a lot of money on your budget but you can still have a living room that looks like a professional designer has been there.
One of the keys to affordable living room furniture is knowing how to mix and match your pieces. It might not be feasible to buy an entire new set but you want a total room makeover. This may mean that you just add in pieces over time or that you go with clearance items that might not all match. Generally it's okay to find a pattern and then pair it with solid colors. For instance you could get a pair and stripe wingback chairs and then the sofa could be a solid color that coordinates back to one of the stripes in that fabric. In some design styles such as shabby chic, country, or French country it's totally acceptable to mix and match fabrics as long as they are in the same color palette. This may mean that you could have a checked piece, floral chair, and striped couch. You can mix and match pieces that work for your family and your aesthetic at the same time.
Work with what you already have in the room. You may have to rob some of the other rooms in your home to get a totally new look without spending any money. Sure the family room seems like the obvious choice, but it's not your only option. You could head into the bedroom to get a hope chest that can double as a coffee table. Just make sure that you put a piece of fabric or glass over the top if you're worried about the wood getting warped and especially if it's an antique piece. You can even find furniture pieces out in the garden or on the patio. Use a plant stand as an end table or bring in your existing Wicker patio furniture for the winter to give your room a whole new look. It's an inexpensive way to a totally bring the outdoors in, literally.
You might have to you make up in time what you can't spend in money. Getting affordable living room furniture may require a few weekends of sanding, priming, and painting. In the end it will be worth it because you'll have a totally unique look. Plus, it will be custom made just for your design style and room.