Okay, it’s time to admit it – your living room just isn’t cutting it anymore. The truth is, you can still remember the heady days you spent enthusiastically designing and decorating the space, and you did love it when it was all completed. But lately, something seems… off. You’re no longer excited to settle in in front of the TV, the décor just feels uninspiring, and you can’t get rid of that niggling feeling of discomfort that’s taken up residence in the back of your mind.
You know you desperately need a fresh new look for your living room, but finding the time and – let’s face it – the energy to see it through seems near-impossible. When going all-out is simply not an option, it’s time to think of alternatives to make the space feel alive again. To that effect, we’ve created a simple step-by-step guide to help you give your living room a quick makeover (without actually making it over).
3. Rearrange your furniture
While you’re contemplating the right placement for your brand new (read: borrowed from the bathroom) statement mirror, why not go the whole hog and rearrange the entirety of your furniture? Whether you’re placing your display cabinet on the opposite side of the room or flipping your sofa 90 degrees to create a new favourite spot for socialising, rearranging your furniture can give a new vibe to your living room almost instantly.
7. Get your wardrobe out
If your hunt for decorative items has you aching to go on a shopping spree, our next idea might just be enough to stop you rushing out the door. A quirky way of decorating your living room is by adorning the walls or shelving with your very own clothing and accessories. Own some pretty boots that you love to be seen in? Let them shine on more occasions than one by placing them decoratively in a neat line. Have a thing for elaborate hats and beautiful rings? Hang them on your wall with that decorative flourish you’ve been itching to demonstrate.
9. Upgrade your curtains
For an inexpensive way of transforming your sitting room, change up your curtains as dramatically as you possibly can. If the pattern is currently subtle florals, go extreme with bold stripes or a stark monochrome print. If you’ve currently got luxurious velvet curtains, try a gingham-printed cotton covering or go one step further with a roller blinds instead. Willing to try the ultimate window transformation? Try replacing your curtains completely with Greek-style window blinds in the same colour you painted your accents in step 4.
10. Buy new lampshades
The lighting in your living room can be one of the most important elements, especially if you have plenty of layered lighting that allows you to reflect the different moods and purposes of this much-used space. Give your lamps a quick refresh by buying new lampshades, and some matching candles to scatter around the room to tie in the new look more seamlessly. If you have metallic light fixtures, why not change up your choice of metallic? Whether you go from silver to gold or prefer a more subtle change by switching a shiny metallic for a matte one, it’s a quick way to create a lighting makeover.
11. Add some potted plants
Finish off your quick and easy living room makeover by adding some potted plants or house trees around the room. Whether you place a large fiddle leaf fig plant next to a Cavern Entertainment Centre or go the floral route with some beautiful orchids, placing plants around your living room also gives it literal life, in a way that can instantly uplift the room. With this handy step-by-step guide, it can be easier than you think to give your living room a little stylistic love. From thoughtful investment purchases to simple touches that don’t cost the earth, our handy tips can help you create a simple makeover that we promise will still be extremely satisfying.