How Much Does It Cost to Decorate a House?

I bet you're dying to know how much it will cost to decorate your living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. It seems like one of those well-guarded secrets, doesn't it? How much does it cost to decorate a house? I'm going to give you the short answer: a lot!

I bet you’re dying to know how much it will cost to decorate your living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. It seems like one of those well-guarded secrets, doesn’t it? How much does it cost to decorate a house? I’m going to give you the short answer: a lot!

I realized that’s supremely unhelpful (and painfully obvious), so let’s dive deeper and use a living room as an example. When you think about decorating your living room and what the investment will be, I suggest starting by creating a list of every piece that’s needed to design a complete space.

You’re going to need a sofa, and probably a second sofa or a couple of chairs, a coffee table, one or two accent tables, a couple of table lamps, maybe a floor lamp, an area rug, a console table, console lamps, art, mirrors, a light fixture, accessories… you get the idea. All of a sudden a “simple” living room makeover quickly adds up!

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But not all living rooms are created equal, and the investment for a lower-end “budget” living room design looks very different than a luxury living room. The way I approach this is with a good, better, best model. We often mix and match from each price point, splurging on quality pieces and unique statement pieces when appropriate, and saving on lesser-used furnishings and “filler” accessories. (And FYI, this isn’t a sponsored post – these are just brands we use and love.)

A “Good” Living Room

At Lesley Myrick Interior Design, our “good” price point pieces are typically from vendors like West Elm, CB2, Surya, and World Market, with filler pieces from HomeGoods and Target. These goods are of decent quality, but not built to last for decades. They have great style at an accessible price point. Expect to invest around $12,000 – 15,000 for a “good” living room.

A “Better” Living Room

Furnishings and decor in the “better” range include a mix of higher price-point vendors like Anthropologie, Regina Andrew, and Four Hands, mixed with semi-custom items like window treatments from The Shade Store and upholstered furnishings from The Inside. Expect to invest around $25,000 – 30,000 for a “better” living room.

A “Best” Living Room

At the highest end are luxury retailers we love like Made Goods, Arteriors, Saltwolf, and Curated Kravet, plus the opportunity to create truly custom furnishings and decor with bespoke workrooms and vendors. (For example, we work with a fabulous vendor who creates custom rugs from our clients’ children’s artwork!) A custom living room at the “best” price point can be upwards of $55,000.

Plan your living room budget

How much does it cost to decorate a house?

Here’s the big takeaway for today: it’s going to cost a lot to decorate a room well, so be prepared! But know that for $15,000, you can have a fabulous living room that you freakin’ love. Can you design a living room for less? Of course! But it’s going to take a little more resourcefulness and a little more work on your part.

Before you go, I want you to grab your free budget guide to help plan your design budget for your whole house. I’m sharing real numbers from real projects and real clients so that you can be better prepared with your design investment. Download it right here.

How much does it cost to decorate a house? Here's how much you can expect to spend on a living room and more.