Little Ways to Update Your Living Room

Ready for a change, but not prepared for a total style overhaul? Try one of these easy living room updates, including quick furniture makeovers, simple design swaps, and no-cost refreshes.

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    Slipcover a Sofa

    Don't let a tired sofa or dated pattern stand in the way of living room style. A simple slipcover in a neutral color gives your space a blank slate for stylish accessories.

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    Contain Clutter

    A little storage can go a long way in making a living room feel renewed. Use spare glass containers to corral office supplies or small toys. Large baskets or boxes conceal papers and magazines in style. Stack them on a bookshelf for easy access that saves on floor space.

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    Consider Your Coffee Table

    A coffee table is often the centerpiece of a living room. Swap out its display seasonally to showcase your personal style. Favorite books, fresh flowers, and treasured travel mementos all make fashionable contenders for your coffee table update.

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    Update Artwork

    Stuck in a style rut? Simply swap out your living room's photographs or paintings. For a quick fix, keep your gallery wall arrangement or picture frames and change out the images for new artwork of the same size.

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    Roll Out a Rug

    Incorporate style underfoot with a plush or patterned area rug. For a statement look, layer two rugs of varying size, color, and pattern.

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    Improve with Paint

    Give boring wood furniture a fresh (and fast!) facelift with paint. Try the fun dip-dye technique featured here, or update with a single bold color.

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    Punch Up Throw Pillows

    Throw pillows are an easy solution for trying out trends in pattern and color without the major commitment. Use scrap fabric for an easy-sew pillow cover or try one of our favorite painted pillow projects to update your existing collection. 

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    Rearrange Furniture

    On a tight budget? Rethink your living room arrangement. Whether you have an open floor plan, tend to gather around a TV, or prefer cozy conversation, a new arrangement can inspire and revitalize a room.

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    Reupholster a Chair

    A worn chair with good bones can easily be rescued with reupholstery. Pick a fun fabric and use your creativity to give flea market finds a modern look.

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    Organize Bookshelves

    Consider rearranging your bookshelves for a no-cost living room refresh. Gather a variety of collectibles in a similar color scheme and place them between books for loose symmetry. Other options include arranging books by color and presenting collections in groups of three.

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    Swap Out Lighting

    Lighting has the ability to set a mood, make a small space appear larger, and illuminate a color scheme. Consider swapping existing bulbs with LED versions to brighten a dark living room. Other simple updates include trading lampshades, painting the base of a floor lamp, or incorporating a new ceiling fixture.

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    Treat Windows

    You don't need brand-new blinds to upgrade your living room's window treatments. Improve existing curtains with pom-pom trim, a contemporary paint treatment, or ombre dye. Even new tiebacks can renew the look of your living room.

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    Incorporate Greenery

    Fashion a space that's both happy and healthy by integrating plenty of lush, green plants. Small trees make a blank corner instantly chic, while small indoor varieties update surfaces like side tables and consoles.

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    Try Nailhead Trim

    Gain sophistication and traditional style in your living room with nailhead trim. The inexpensive embellishment can be customized and applied to any number of upholstered furniture pieces for a high-end look for less.

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