The living room is where people spend most of their free time, so it isn’t surprising that it often gets taken for granted. People tend to pay more attention to their backyards while living rooms stay the same throughout the years. If you’re planning to give a quick makeover to your living room, here are some sneaky ways to make it happen that won’t be too heavy on your budget:
Paint your walls
This is the quickest and often less expensive way to breathe new life into your living room. You can opt for neutral tones, or if you prefer something more eccentric, opt for bolder colors. You can even paint walls differently to create a contrasting vibe. Just make sure to pain during the warm months when there are favorable weather conditions. What’s even better, if you’re a bit crafty, you can do everything by yourself, but if you want to repaint your walls efficiently, it’s much better to hire a professional painter and decorator who’ll do it for you.
Get some plants
Getting your living room greener is the best way to make it more delightful, healthier and filled with life. Depending on your overall style, you can opt for ferns, palms or succulents. In case you can’t decide: feel free to mix various types of plants, but be careful to keep everything tasteful and elegant. The best places to keep your plants are of course, at the window or behind the sofa. It’s important to care for your plants, so they won’t dry out. If you’re inexperienced, get the plants that are low-maintenance.
Add some sophistication with a gallery wall
Even if you’re a fan of minimalist home decor, a gallery wall can turn your living room from ordinary to elegant. Bare walls are great when you have a large space, but unfortunately, most of us have smaller homes that need to be somewhat decorated in order to look good. In case you’re the one to choose minimalism, opt for a minimalist gallery wall, while those who love to mix different styles can combine various frames and artwork to create a lively and upbeat atmosphere. If you have children, framing their drawing is a great way to create a colorful and lively gallery wall.
Replace your old furniture
Sometimes, buying new furniture can be costly, but if you’re constantly complaining about your old sofa, maybe it’s time to look for something new and more comfortable. There are different types of sofas and armchairs, but if you’re indecisive, you can never go wrong with modern leather lounge suites, since they’re elegant and easy to combine with almost any style. Whether you prefer minimalist or maximalist home decor, a leather sofa and an armchair is a great addition to your living room.
Don’t forget the rug
Rugs can add a new dimension to any room, but in the living room, they can add a new layer of richness and elegance. Depending on your preferences, you can opt for a fluffy rug, a Persian rug or something completely different. In case you have a large living room, you can use more than one rug to create visual interest and add more depth to your living room. You can combine different colors, textures, and patterns, but if you prefer to play it safe, just use rugs in the same color family. That will make your living room vibrant, while still keeping it stylistically unified.
Add pillows on your sofa
Sofas are usually reserved for sitting or napping, but when you prefer doing nothing, having a few throw pillows can make your sofa look more interesting. You can combine pillows of various sizes, colors, and shapes to create the desired effect. These pillows can be used for anything you like, or if you wish to make more space, you can place pillows behind the sofa or anywhere else. Pillows are the most attractive decoration piece if you don’t have anything else nearby.
Make it lighter
Your living room can be beautifully decorated, but that won’t be of use if you keep it in dark. In order to be attractive, your living room also needs to be well-lit, so make sure to have big windows with light and breezy curtains that can keep light yet still give you enough privacy. During the night, make sure that you have enough lamps so you won’t strain your eyes while watching TV or reading.
In conclusion, you can add anything you want, but make sure that it fits your living room and properly reflects your personality. The most important thing about (re)decorating any space is to make it look homely, warm, yet still elegant and sophisticated.
Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.