With autumn in full swing and the clocks going back, chances are you’re spending more time indoors. Combine this with the fact that Christmas isn’t far off, and it’s no wonder we often feel the need to smarten up our homes at this time of year.
We’re almost at the end of a big living room revamp, which has involved re-plastering, coving repair, a new fire, redecorating and a new carpet. It’s been a pretty major project, and if you’re thinking about sprucing up your living room chances are you’re looking to do it on a smaller scale!
Whether you’re a bit bored of the existing decor, or feel the need for a quick update before Christmas guests arrive, there are plenty of ways to revamp your living room without spending lots of time or money. Here are some quick and easy ways to give your living room a lift.
Quick & easy living room updates
Update your cushions
Cushions are a powerful tool when it comes to creating wow factor in a room, and they’re so easy – and relatively cheap – to update. You can use cushions to introduce a new accent colour, create texture with luxurious fabrics such as velvet and faux fur, or create a bold statement with pattern. Hang onto your old cushions though, so you can switch them over when you feel like a change.
Invest in a new piece of furniture
New furniture will give your living room an instant update, and is also a great way to tackle any storage issues you may have. Open storage in the form of bookcases is a great way to display ornaments and accessories, as well as being ideal for swallowing up books and magazines. Or you could go for a coffee table or sideboard with built-in storage to create a streamlined look. Trade Furniture Company have a wide variety of styles.
Focus on wall art
If your living room is crying out for a bit more drama, how about introducing some large-scale wall art? Large prints make a real statement, and you can choose a design that echoes your room’s accent colours and design style.
If your room is a little too small to be able to cope with large prints, you can create lots of impact with a gallery wall. I’m going to do this in our lounge, and love the idea of mixing and matching our own photos with prints to create a unique display. If you’re going for a gallery wall, make sure you plan the layout of your frames carefully before you even think about getting the hammer out! There’s a handy guide on how to plan your layout here.
This is one of the bigger revamp projects, but it’s definitely the one with the biggest impact. Changing the colour of your walls can deliver a really dramatic update; Pinterest is a great source of inspiration here.
If you’re not keen on painting the whole room, consider a feature wall in a bold colour; this will still deliver on wow factor, but will be a quicker and cheaper option.
Perk up the floor
When it comes to your living room flooring, you don’t need to replace your carpet to give it a boost. Rugs can work their magic on a room in a similar way to cushions: use them to add colour, pattern and texture. Plush fabrics are particularly great for cosying up your room during winter months.
If your living room has exposed floorboards, you could play around with colour here too, using paint or varnish to make a statement.
Add plants for texture and colour
In addition to introducing greenery, think about adding displays of dried flowers or grasses. This will help you to layer your natural materials and create a variety of textures.
When buying your plants, make sure you consider the conditions in your living room – bright sunshine or cool shade, for example – and choose a plant that will be happy there. You can find this information on the plant’s care label. You’ll get maximum impact if you choose one or two larger floor plants, plus smaller plants for shelves and tables – just make sure you don’t get carried away, unless you’re going for a jungle vibe!
What’s your top tip for a quick and easy living room revamp?