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Affordable Modern Living Room Ideas

There is something about modern decorating that just has a clean and uncluttered feel to it. And I’m slowly transitioning to a more modern look in my home. Of course, it has to be budget-friendly too. Check out these affordable modern living room ideas.

So what does a modern living room look like? For me, I’m drawn to the mid-century modern looks more than the ultra-modern style. Gold tones, white walls and moody dark walls, leather furniture, greenery, clean lines, and touches of black are the ideas I’m using.

For years, I’ve been a huge fan of vintage decor, slightly farmhouse, but more on the vintage side than rustic side if that makes sense. But. Styles change, tastes change and it’s ok. There are no rules when it comes to your love of decor. And these affordable modern living room ideas are just what I need to get started.

Of course, if you have an unlimited budget, there is no limit to what you can do. Most of us don’t have that, so affordability comes into play. I’ve found that true mid-century modern pieces are often out of my budget. No worries though – there are plenty of similar looks at a more affordable price.

Affordable Modern Living Room Ideas

Modern can have a few variations in style, but for this post, I’m focusing on mid-century modern-ish ideas. And one of my favorite ways to transition styles is to incorporate a little of both styles.

For example, my style has been more vintage, sometimes farmhouse in the past. And I still love a lot of those elements. You don’t have to all of a sudden toss out all of your old pieces to transition. Styles can mix and match and work perfectly together.

Speaking of the budget – for me, that means I can’t spend thousands of dollars on one chair or a lamp. And maybe you can and that’s fantastic. It opens up even more options for you. But for the purpose of this post, it’s gotta be budget-friendly.

Affordable Modern Living Room – Seating

First up – seating. Every living room needs somewhere to sit. Couches, chairs, benches, ottomans, whatever you like. And there are some amazing options that won’t kill your budget.


Leather sofas are my favorite way to incorporate a modern style into your living room. But if you aren’t a fan of leather for any reason, there are tons of beautiful choices.

Modern Chairs for Your Living Room

One thing I love is having enough seating for groups. But it also has to be comfortable. It doesn’t matter how attractive the chair is, if it’s not comfortable and no one wants to sit there, what’s the point?

Lucky for us, there are so many beautiful and affordable modern chairs for your living room. And highly-rated options for comfort as well.

Chairs are an opportunity to branch out with style and color also. Maybe you love the color orange, but you aren’t quite ready to make the jump to an orange sofa. Get a side chair in your favorite hue.

Or maybe you love the look of leather furniture but you don’t want to invest in the expense of a full sofa. A chair might be a budget-friendly way to get the look you want.

Modern Living Room Ideas – Lighting

Now that we have somewhere to sit, we need some amazing modern lighting options. Brass and gold hues are very popular when going for a modern look. But you aren’t limited. You can throw in some crystal and black if you like also.

Lighting is an area you can have a little more fun with if tend to be more conservative. A striking lamp isn’t a huge commitment if you buy on a budget and it isn’t permanent. You can always change it out later if you want.

Modern Living Room Rug Ideas

Rugs are one of my favorite ways to change the look of a room. And rugs have come a long way as far as affordability goes.

So many places like Boutique Rugs, RugsUSA, Target, Amazon, and Wal-Mart have incredible rug options at great prices. I’ve purchased rugs from each of these places and have been extremely satisfied.

And when I think of adding rugs to a modern style, this is where I like to branch out a little. Mixing and matching a few vintage or boho vibes goes perfectly with modern furnishings.

Modern Decor

The options for modern living room decor are endless. Mirrors, plants, accent pieces, pottery, art, statues, you name it. If you love it, you can find a way to incorporate it.

Large statement pieces can be focal points. You don’t have to fill every wall or space. A large plant in the corner and a great piece of art can be all you need.

Often your budget can go farther because you aren’t trying to fill up every square inch of space with “stuff”.

Affordable Modern Living Room Ideas

So you can see, there are so many options. I didn’t even get to the coffee tables and side table options. Coming soon!

Hopefully, you’ve found a few that you like and are in your budget. One of my favorite aspects of modern decorating is not feeling the need to have so much stuff. You can afford one quality piece in place of 30 items you’ll tire of in no time.


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