Designers' Best Budget-Friendly Living Room Updates

We polled design insiders to learn how they would update a living room for less than $500. Bonus: They tell us their best no-cost (that's right, free!) decorating tip.

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Freshen Up With Pillows and Paint

"If a DIY decorator has only $100 to update a living room, I would start with the decorator's best friend: new toss pillows," says designer Sue Adams. She recommends you next harness the transformative power of paint. "Paint the walls a color that is elsewhere in the room but not dominant; for instance, pull a color from the curtains or new toss pillows." Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

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