Fresh New Ways to Decorate Your Living Room This Year
You don’t need to redecorate from scratch to transform a slightly dated living room into a space you absolutely love. In fact, we’re willing to bet you can tackle any of the tasks below on their own and instantly breathe new life into your décor. Just pick the task that best fits your needs, your budget, and your stage of life. Scroll on for our top ways to instantly upgrade your living room.
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Low modular sectionals are all the rage this year. (Bonus? They’re extremely kid-friendly too.) We’re increasingly seeing them anchored in the middle of a room and used in a variety of forms, not just your typical L-shape.
Midcentury, Scandinavian, wingback… Whatever your poison is, we’re willing to bet you have an accent chair on your dream wish list. Pull the trigger this year—accent chairs are often timeless and can instantly elevate a whole room.
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The best living rooms have a variety of lighting sources, from ceiling chandeliers to table lamps. Where can you add additional lighting in your living room? Maybe your fireplace could use a pair of sconces or a reading chair could benefit from a task floor lamp. Aim for a minimum of three light sources at varying heights.
Pillows are easily the quickest way to breathe new life into your living room from season to season. Play with different textures, pattern combinations, or color palettes. Add them on your lounge chairs, and even on the ground—floor pillows make great additional seating.
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Pick a piece of furniture in your living room that needs an upgrade, and think about how to make it the focus of the room. Pick a piece that’s original, and unique in its shape, color, or material. Every room needs a focal point upon which to rest the eye.
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Art can truly make or break a room. Pull the trigger on a piece of art you’ve been coveting from a favorite artist, test out your gallery wall skills, hang an art shelf, or effortlessly lean pieces you’ve collected against a wall.
Ready-made curtains are incredibly practical when you first move in, but once you’ve decorated your entire living room, curtains are a great way to elevate your whole décor. Think about what features you would like your curtains to have: blackout, automated, hidden hardware… The possibilities are endless!
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“The bigger the better” isn’t always applicable, but in the case of rugs it usually is. As long are you leave about one foot of flooring around each wall, a large rug will anchor your space and make it seem bigger, and more stately. Oversize rugs are a splurge, but good-quality ones will last you a lifetime, so they can ultimately be worth it if you’ve found your forever home.
Who says that your sofa should be against a wall, or facing the television? Try something different, and make it face a window, a fireplace, or another sofa. Move accent tables around or create separate living areas. This is an easy way to update your living room without spending any money. All you need is arm power!
Do you have any great ideas on how to update your living room? Share them with us in the comments below.