Budget decorating
May 11, 2011

20 living room accessories under $20

By: Elaine Song
20 living room accessories under $20

20 living room accessories under $20 Author: Style At Home

Budget decorating
May 11, 2011

20 living room accessories under $20

By: Elaine Song

These 20 decor accessories will breathe new life into your living room, even when you're on a budget.

The living room is essential to any home. Whether it's used for entertaining, reading, watching television, doing homework, or just having a chat, this space is probably the most multifunctional room in your home; after all, this is the "living" room. Here's a list of 20 living room accessories that'll add form and function to this much-used space - and all for $20 or less!

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Window coverings
When you're looking for curtains on a budget, sheer panels tend to be more cost-friendly than heavy silk drapery. These crinkle-cotton wrinkle panels may not be dramatic, but they add a beautiful soft glow from the natural light. West Elm, $19-$32.

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Rug
Though textiles can be pricey, finding a small printed rug can still add a nice decorative element to the living room. Urban Outfitters, $18. livingroom-cubby-shelves.jpg
Shelves
Adding shelving allows for more storage, as well as decorative displays. These window box frames are perfect for showcasing prized pieces or clearing off tabletop space. Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99. livingroom-wood-bowl.jpg
Display bowls
Whether they're filled or left empty, these naturally beautiful hand-carved wood vessels are a gorgeous centrepiece for any living room table. Pottery Barn, $12.99. livingroom-side-table.jpg
Side tables
Furniture can be a tough find for less than $20. The beauty of side tables is how handy they are in a living room, but they don't need to be fussy to do their job. Simple but practical. Perfect! Ikea, $9.99. livingroom-lamp.jpg
Table lamps
Along with side tables, table lamps are a living room essential for adding additional lighting (especially if you like to read in the living room) and creating mood lighting. Home Depot, $13. livingroom-media-storage.jpg
Storage
In a room that experiences so much living on a daily basis, it's bound to accumulate a lot of "stuff". Keep everything organized and the space clutter-free with storage boxes. Crate and Barrel, $18.95. livingroom-wall-clock.jpg
Clock
A clock is an essential in every room and we love this modern one from Ikea. Ikea, $12.99. livingroom-vase.jpg
Vase
Use vases to display bouquets of flowers or single stems, or simply display the vase itself.  Anthropologie, $16. livingroom-tray.jpg
Tray
When casually entertaining, decorative trays are an easy and fuss-free way of serving drinks or snacks. Crate and Barrel, $14.95. livingroom-cushion.jpg
Throw pillows
Get comfy in your living room with some decorative cushions. These geometric patterns are bold and lively - and at $14.95 each, it's easy to switch them up when you feel like a change. Etsy, $14.95 US. livingroom-throw-blanket.jpg
Throw
It doesn't matter what the weather may be outside, there's no cosier feeling than curling up with a soft blanket to read or watch a movie. Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99. livingroom-candleholder.jpg
Candleholders
Whether entertaining or having a night to yourself, nothing sets the mood like candles. Large candleholders, especially ones that hold big pillar candles, are great for setting the mood and continue burning throughout the evening. Vibrant colours, like those pictured here, are an easy way to add impact to your space. Z Gallerie, $12.95-$14.95. livingroom-frames.jpg
Frames
Create a feature wall with frames of varying shapes and sizes for an instant living room update. West Elm, $14. livingroom-coasters.jpg
Coasters
Spare your coffee table from a hot mug or dripping wet glass with these ceramic safari-inspired coasters. Anthropologie, $6.

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Budget decorating

20 living room accessories under $20