Are you tired of looking at your living room and wishing it were different, but you have limited space, budget, and time? Look no more. The living room space, the place you spend most of your time when you’re at home, doesn’t need to feel tired and uninspired. There are several ways you can spruce up your living room quickly and affordably. Sometimes all you need is a bit of rearrangement, repurposing, or a new coat of paint.
Here is a list of spaces and items that can be transformed and how that transformation can come to fruition:
- Light Fixtures
Walls can provide a quick makeover with a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t want to paint the entire living room, choose which area would look best with an accent wall. Either option livens up the space and gives you something new to look at. Paint can be applied within a day, though drying time makes for a perfect weekend project. If you’re not into painting, then wallpaper is another great option. There are many design choices to choose from, and you no longer need an expert to apply wallpaper. Simply roll up your DIY sleeves and start hanging strips. This might be more time-intensive, however, depending on your level of capability and patience.
For something a little more unique, you can install faux stone on your walls. Faux stone is easy to DIY install, and many projects can be done over a single weekend. You can cover the walls in the entire room in faux stone or just create a visually striking accent wall that will catch the eye. The great thing about walls is that they can often be added to. More often than not, we think about floor space and how we can fit another chair or shelf into the area. Sometimes, we need to simply look up and realize there is potential on the walls as well. You can add a shelf to display books, treasures, or pictures, or it could be an area where you switch out seasonal or holiday decor.
Windows lend light and appeal to a living room setting. If the room feels too bright, shades or blinds are an easy fix. Depending on if you want to add value to your home or not, wood blinds are the way to go. There are other options, however, to choose from depending on how much light you’d like to let in, along with a variety of designs and colors.
There is also the option of a window film. Perhaps if you’re looking for something decorative, there is window film made to look like frosted or stained glass. If you’re hoping for privacy, certain window films can guarantee that. An added bonus is that window film can also reduce the amount of heat or cold entering your home through your windows.
Finally, if the room feels too dark or there aren’t many windows, brighten the space with light-colored curtains.
Light fixtures could be more costly and take a bit more time, again depending on your skill level. If you’re on a budget, looking at thrift shops and secondhand stores is a great way to find a light fixture to replace the one you have. Lights are essential in a house, and we don’t realize how drab they can be until we’re looking at a plain, circular one that has no character or uniqueness. Light fixtures are a great living room makeover idea, especially if you or someone you know is handy and able to install them in a short amount of time.
Furniture is quite possibly the easiest and cheapest option for providing your home with a quick living room makeover. You don’t have to spend any money buying new furniture; you can simply get creative and rearrange what you have. Though the couch, recliner, and end tables are the same ones you’ve always had, the room will have a different feel to it when those pieces of furniture are moved around. It will feel like a brand new living room, one where you can cuddle up and get cozy in. If you still feel it is lacking, try switching out pieces of furniture for those in a different room. Perhaps the guest bedroom lamp would be a perfect way to brighten up a dark corner. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to see how the office bookshelf would look in the living room instead. Move things around until it feels like a brand-new space.
As mentioned above, displays can add something extra to a living room. These can vary from seasonal to holiday to crafts to things your kids create. For a hint of green and nature, create a display of potted plants and arrange them with leaves and rocks. If you’d like something more personal, print out those family pictures that have been sitting on your phone, frame them, and display them for family and friends to gather around and admire. There are so many possibilities for what you can display in your living room that provides an eye-catcher to all.
Decor can be as small as buying that throw pillow you saw the other day and finding just the right spot for it on your couch. Decor can also include favorite books that might just be sitting on a bookshelf out of sight that you bring out and stack on the living room coffee table or throw blankets strategically draped to be used when you’re ready to settle down with a glass of wine or some hot tea.
These are only a few of a multitude of quick living room makeover ideas. The cost, time, and effort do not have to be exhaustive when changing up your living space. By transforming one or all aspects – walls, windows, light fixtures, furniture, displays, and decor – you can have what feels like a brand-new room ready in no time at all. Make your living room space an area that is fresh and inspiring to walk into each morning and night. And then, once your living room makeover is complete, move on to the next room that excites you with its possibilities.