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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Rearrange Furniture

For a free update, "Rearrange the furniture you have," says designer Sue Adams. Experiment with the room's layout, thinking about how you can have a comfortable conversation with someone sitting on another piece of furniture. "Create an intimate seating area. Pull the sofa off the wall if necessary." Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt

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