You know that living room of yours could do with a bit of sprucing up. The same old sofa and rug are looking a bit tired, the paint on the walls has faded, and the accessories are uninspiring. The living room is a place where all your family get together, relax and unwind. If your living room is not looking (or even feeling) as you want it to, then it is time to start working on a makeover. A makeover will help you breathe new life into your living room, and it will help you make the most out of the space you have. Knowing where to start your project or makeover is often the hardest part. Begin by deciding what you want your living room to look like. Once you have an idea to work towards, the process will become easier.
#1. Move Away from Bland Color Schemes
Bland and boring living room color schemes are out, so why not introduce some color into your living room and give it a more personal touch? This may mean that you lose those cream walls and you gain block-color walls instead. Or it may mean that you add feature wallpaper to one or two sides of your living room to create even more of a feature. Bland color schemes can feel dull and lifeless, so where you can, add your own personality to the color scheme.
#2. Recover Your Sofas and Chairs
There may be nothing wrong with your sofas or chairs, they may just have an out-of-date fabric or material covering them. The easiest solution to this problem is to recover what you have, especially if it is still in good condition. You will find that you can get a cover for your sofa. You can also get a cover for your bean bag chairs, so you don’t have to get rid of your favorite pieces; you can just renew them. If you are recovering items by yourself, always take your time, and make sure that you purchase the correct covers and material, as the finish makes all the difference.
#3. Upcycle Old or Dated Furniture
If you have furniture that is past its best, then why not look at upcycling it (or updating it)? You can upcycle pieces that are no longer fit for purpose and turn them into items you will love and use once more. For example, you may find that the old sideboard you have could be chopped down and made into shelving for your newly renovated living room. Seeing the potential in pieces and reusing them will save them from going to the landfill.
#4. Add accessories
Once you have the larger furniture positioned the way you want, bring in accent pieces to complete each zone. Place a tray on the coffee table to corral remotes and magazines. Add a rug under the seating area to anchor the space. Hang art on the walls above the sofa and armchairs. And don’t forget task lighting, greenery, throw blankets, pillows and any storage ottomans or benches you need. Accessories are the finishing touches that make a space feel cosy and stylish.
Repositioning your living room furniture and decor is an easy, budget-friendly way to give your space a whole new look and feel. Take the time to try different arrangements and make the most of your living room by creating multifunctional zones for relaxing, entertaining and everything in between. Your refreshed space will inspire you to start hosting movie nights, game nights and everything else a living room is meant for.
#5. Include Hanging Plants
Hanging plants are an easy way to incorporate greenery without taking up valuable floor space. Plants like pothos, spider plants, and philodendrons do well in hanging baskets. Hang them in a spot near a window and the cascading foliage will make a stylish statement.
• Use plant stands, shelves, and tables of varying heights to create levels. This adds dimension and gives the greenery a more intentional, designed look.
• Include flowering plants like orchids or African violets to add pops of colour. Their blooms will brighten up your living room.
• Don’t forget to water and fertilise your new plants! Keep the soil moderately moist for most common houseplants. Fertilise during the growing season to keep them looking their best.
With the addition of thoughtfully selected greenery, your living room will feel fresh, vibrant and ready to welcome the new year. Houseplants are a simple but impactful way to give your space a mini makeover.
#6. Focus on Comfort
When you are making over your living room, it can be easy to go for style and forget about comfort, but you need comfortable items to help you relax. When you do this, you can guarantee that you have a room that is nice to look at but not so comfortable or enjoyable to sit in. Getting a balance can be tricky, but it is not impossible. When you focus on comfort, you can ensure your living room is used as much as possible. The last thing that you want is to spend a lot of money on a living room makeover only to find out it gets used on special occasions.
Living Room Makeover FAQs
So you’ve decided it’s time to give your living room a fresh new look for the new year. You probably have a lot of questions about how to get started and what’s involved in a living room makeover. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process.
Where do I begin?
The first step is determining your budget and style. Do you want a minimal, bohemian or rustic vibe? Once you’ve narrowed down the look you’re going for, take measurements of your space and create a layout. Decide what existing furniture you want to keep and what needs to be replaced. Check out inspiration from decor blogs, Pinterest or Instagram to get ideas.
Should I hire an interior designer?
If you have a generous budget and want professional guidance, hiring a designer is a great option. They can help with layout, colour scheme and sourcing unique pieces. However, a makeover is something many DIYers tackle themselves. If you go the DIY route, do your research to ensure the end result is cohesive and stylish.
What’s the most affordable way to make a big impact?
Painting the walls a fresh colour is an easy, budget-friendly update that makes a huge difference. You could also add decorative accents like pillows, rugs, lighting fixtures or wall art. Replacing heavy window treatments with lighter, brighter options is another simple change that opens up the space.
So there you have it, a few simple tips to give your living room a stylish makeover for the new year. With a fresh coat of paint, some rearranged furniture, new decorative accents and improved lighting, you’ll transform your space into a room you love spending time in. The best part is you don’t have to do it all at once – pick one area to focus on each weekend and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying movie nights and hosting friends in a living room that reflects your personal style. Make 2023 the year you finally create a living room you’re proud to show off. You’ve got this! Now get out there and start redecorating. Your dream living room awaits!