Use What You Have Decorating Tips

When your living room could use a refresh, don’t think that you have to start from scratch. After all, an update can deliver satisfying results while staying in an affordable budget compared to a complete re-do. Go ahead and use what you have decorating, then turn your attention to the walls and accent pieces to do all the heavy lifting. Your living room’s transformation will happen in a snap!

Updated Living Room Colors

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to updating your room’s look, so this is a natural place to start. Trade in standard, beige neutrals for light, saturated hues that invoke a fresh, clean look to your room. Look at whites with a hint of smoke gray or skylight blue. Crisp, cool undertones can do wonders in making your space feel open and bright.

Make Your Room Feel Bigger

Besides paint color alone, there are several interior design tricks that can make your room have the illusion of feeling bigger. Paint ceilings white and use lighter colors on walls to make the room appear larger. When you have a lot of window and door trim in a room, try painting trim and walls all the same color to make the room feel spacious. Keeping it all in the same shade will keep the eye from stopping at each color break.

Add a Pop of Color

It’s fine to keep that classic neutral brown sofa in your room. Just infuse a fresh updated color to the room’s overall color scheme. Vibrant teals, refreshing oranges, mossy greens all play beautifully off a neutral background and add a revitalized look to your space. An oversized piece of canvas wall art can instantly bring a dramatic element to the space.

From the Floor Up

Area rugs for living rooms are a perfect way to bring in that fresh new color from your color palette while defining your conversation area. Experiment with a completely new pattern to bring new life to your space. Not sure what size rug to get? See our tips on how to pick the right size area rug.

Throw on the Accent

Think of decorative accent pillows as these perfect-sized pieces of approachable art. This is where you can add color, whimsy, mood and a welcoming look to your sofas and side chairs. A trio of colorful vases or a floral arrangement makes a lovely accent that pulls together your room’s look.

Updating Traditional Decor

Change up your living room’s coffee table for one in a transitional style that bridges traditional style with a more modern one. A tapered leg coffee table elevates the table and brings some space between it and the floor, making the room feel more airy.

Keep Your Storage Stylish

Every room can benefit with some storage and what better way to improve your living room than with a stylish glass-door cabinet. Consider one in a color that supports your room’s new color palette.

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