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44 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Living-Room Decorations

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Our of all the rooms in your house, you probably spend the most time in your living room (especially now that we’re all basically certifiable binge-watchers and couch potatoes). While we’ve explored the world of cheap-but-expensive-looking apartment décor, bathroom décor, kitchen décor, and bedroom décor, here we’re moving on to the living room, which is often one of the most, well, lived-in spaces in a home (your mother’s “formal” all-white living room aside). Below, lots of little things that’ll make a big impact on your space, from a cruelty-free cowhide rug to mid-century modern accent chairs to woven storage baskets. While all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

Faux cowhide is hard to pull off, especially on a budget, but this excellent-looking rug will have all your guests fooled.

Large Woven Rope Basket
$33
$33
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Perfect storage for extra throws and pillows.

This set of pillow covers comes in a coveted bouclé-like fabric.

A classic wishbone chair will nicely complement your mid-century modern décor.

The ideal perch for drinks, the remote, or your favorite candle.

Mirrors are notoriously expensive, but we found this under-$100 full-length mirror that would look great leaning in the corner of your living room.

This ottoman is a great dupe for CB2’s popular but expensive poufs.

Pop this table behind your sofa. It offers a place to put drinks and snacks while also helping you define your space in an open floor plan.

If you’re looking for a better way to display your books, we recommend these nifty shelves that, when full, make it look like you have a floating stack of books (a.k.a. abstract art installations) in your living room.

If you have a little more floor space, this wall-mounted bookshelf is sleek and modern while providing a lot of storage.

BASE ROOTS Body Flower Vase
$15
$15

A cheeky little bud vase for your faux (or real) flowers.

This Jonathan Adler tray is a good spot to throw your keys, some gum, and those half-filled coffee punch cards you took out of your wallet but won’t throw away until you can redeem them.

A lamp to read (or watch Netflix) by.