Updated August 19, 2023
The living room is the space where you family and friends gather to relax and spend quality time. The living room is typically the space used for lounging, watching television and entertaining and in some cases dining. So how can this space be updated and given a more cohesive look without breaking the bank?
Fresh & Fun – 18 Easy Ways to Update Your Living Room
Updated May 10, 2023
How about creating an appealing and lively space that makes everyone who comes into it a little cheerier. Here are some ideas you can use to freshen up your living room for any season.
Is your living room the center of your family’s activities? Then you’re probably familiar with the chaos of jackets, backpacks, and toys scattered everywhere. But fear not, we have the solution to keeping your space organized and stylish. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a designated space for your toys and sporting goods. Opt for a chic covered basket or fancy box to neatly store and hide your belongings. Trust us, your living room will thank you.
Slipcover a Sofa
Transforming your living room has never been easier with a simple slipcover. Say goodbye to dull hues and hello to chic accessories as you switch up your sofa’s color and style. Whether you want to revamp a garage sale find or give your classic home a modern twist, a slipcover is the perfect solution. And don’t forget to add a pop of personality with colorful pillows in various sizes for that extra special touch. You can upgrade your space with ease and style.
Display Interests and Memories
Creating a stunning gallery wall is not just a passing trend, it’s a creative way to display your favorite art pieces, cherished family photos, and even mementos from your travels. Mix and match frames in different colors and sizes for a truly unique and eye-catching display. Let your wall be a reflection of your personal style and stories.
Use Bookcases Artfully
Built in or free standing bookcases can go a long way for a low-cost or not cost living room refresh. Large baskets or boxes are great for concealing papers and magazines. Collect an assortment of your collectibles or interesting garage sale finds in a similar color scheme or subject. Then place them between books for relaxed balance. Don’t for get to present collection is groups of three or an odd number.
Tip: Arranging books by color gives bookshelves a designer look.
Coffee Table Reflections
A coffee table is often the focal point of a living room. Trade out display items seasonally to highlight your personal style. Books, greenery, and cherished mementos are all make stylish candidates for your coffee table update. Try layering them on a table runner or tray. The mantel, a console table, and decorative bookcases are other locations to seasonally highlight your style.
Renew the Art
Need a modern family room design idea? Simply swap out photographs or paintings. Considering other items for display such as a quilt or mirror. For an easy fix, use the same size artwork or photos in your picture frames.
Rearrange the Furniture
How about a cheap living room idea. Reconsider your living room furniture arrangement. Try a new strategy. Move your sofa away from the wall or place a set of chairs near the window. Think about using a furniture piece from another room. No matter your style a new furniture composition can refresh a room.
Toss the Pillows
Reform your living room in no time with fresh throw pillows. Throw pillows are a quick and easy answer for trying out trends and colors without a huge commitment. Keep seasonal pillows in storage until you need to make a swap. Here are ways to Style Pillows on a Sofa
Add a Rug
Updating a living or transforming a family room can be done without a lots of effort. A cheerful patterned rug or a fun fluffy or textured rug brings style underfoot. To create a more modern style, add a smaller rug on a larger area rug or carpet.
Reupholster a Chair
Want to modernize a traditional home design or freshen up a worm chair? Updating living room decor begins with textiles. Consider giving a cozy armchair a new look with fresh upholstery. With good bones, a tattered chair or flea market find can easily be restored with new upholstery. Make sure to choose a great fabric.
Tip: Use leftover pieces of fabric as art. Try setting them into ready-made frames fitted with basic white mats.
Throw in Color
Throws are a seamless way to jazz up a sleepy sofa or add pattern and instant color to a living room. Placing a throw over the back of a sofa gives the living room a charming look. A throw placed over the sofa armrest gives a classic, sophisticated look for the living room. A handmade quilted throw guarantees a unique personal look.
Tip: Matching a quilted throw with pillows gives a living room a cozier touch.
Add Color to Tables
Add a table runner to your surfaces. These delight additions are for more than the dining room table. They add color as well as protection. Think about a bit of color on the sofa table or the cocktail table. Table runners come in a variety of styles and colors and will not break the bank. Find just the right size table runner.
Perk-up with Paint
Give dreary wood furniture a fresh and fast makeover with paint. Paint is a terrific way to get a modern color schemes for your living room. Try a fun painting technique to update with a bold color. Give new life to old stuffy furniture.
Tip : Painter’s tape is a great way to add a simple yet chic patterns like stripes and squares.
Lighten with Lighting
Lighting can set or change a mood, make small spaces appear larger, and brighten a color scheme. Consider using LED bulbs in place of the existing one. This small item will brighten a dark living room. Other ideas to update your living room lighting include swapping lampshades, painting a floor, or adding a new ceiling fixture.
Update your living room by including plenty of lush, green plants. Adding even a small touch of greenery is sure to make your living room healthier and feel more alive. Small trees make an empty corner suddenly stylish, while small indoor greenery can update side tables, bookshelves and consoles.
Tip: If you have a brown thumb, get a branch and place it into a sturdy decorative container or vase for trouble free greenery.
You don’t need brand-new drapes or blinds to update your window treatments. Improve current curtains with a modern paint treatment, or with a fun or fancy trim. Add trim to blinds by gluing on trim. Add wall paper or paint vertical blinds. Try new tiebacks to renew the look of your living room.
Make it Cozy – Add Texture
Add soft comfy things to arm chairs, shelves even ladders. Imagine a comfy leather armchair, quilted throw, and woolen rug – all around a fireplace. Texture adds the cozy to a space by taking the chill off.
Updating your home décor is easy and fun. Try some or all of these ideas and watch your living room take on a new life. Do you have any additional tips to add based on your experiences? Which updating ideas do you love the most? Please let me know in the comments.
P.S. You can use these ideas for the holidays.
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