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Elevate Your Living Room

Ideas for rejuvenating this space with minimum effort—for maximum return

The living room is where life happens—family movie nights, reading the Sunday paper, watching the big game, catching up with friends. With so much going on, this space is probably ready for a little R&R (refresh and re-do). 

Here’s how to give your living room a pick-me-up, without a major overhaul.

Paint the walls. A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable design hack for giving a room an instant lift.

woman painting the wall Paint the walls

Update light fixtures. Rather than spring for new fixtures, swap out lampshades or paint the base of floor lamps.

living room couch and orange light fixtures Update light fixtures

Add throw pillows. Mix and match different patterns, colors, sizes, textures and shapes to pump up the room’s aesthetics.

basket of throw pillows Add throw pillows

Reconsider your window treatments. Have you ever updated your shades or blinds? If you’re looking at outdated styles, now’s the perfect time to give your windows—a focal point in your room—some love.

living room Reconsider your window treatments

Increase natural light. Light makes a room feel larger and, obviously, brighter. To usher more natural light into your space, trying adding decorative mirrors, which reflect light.

living room Increase natural light

Bring the outdoors in. Potted plants can make an empty corner feel cozy, while adding dimension and texture to a room.

potted plants Bring the outdoors in

Try a splash of color. If neutrals are your thing, add a hint of the unexpected with a colorful accent, like a throw pillow, a statement piece of furniture, or even a flowering plant.

living room with color Try a splash of color

Contain clutter in style. An ottoman with a lid is perfect for hiding stacks of magazines and TV remotes, while decorative baskets are a pretty way to store throw blankets.

living room coffee table Contain clutter in style

Dress up the floor. An area rug, which helps anchor furniture, is an easy way to add a little something to your living room. Already have an area rug? Try layering a smaller one on top of it for some extra flair.

living room Dress up the floor

Accentuate bookshelves. Give ho-hum bookshelves a little oomph by painting the back of the shelves a color, or adding peel and stick wallpaper.

book shelf Accentuate bookshelves

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