Updating your living room doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process that costs you thousands of dollars. In fact, your living room can be one of the most affordable rooms in your home to renovate. The living room is probably the main gathering area in your home, other than the kitchen, so you’re going to want it to look nice. Here are seven quick and easy ways to update your living room.
Clutter happens, which is why decluttering exists. Things pile up, and when you finally get around to getting rid of some things, ask yourself if what you’re about to sell, donate, or throw away is sentimental or useful to help you decide what to do with it. While you’re getting rid of your stuff, you can also take this opportunity to reorganize your living room.
Updating your flooring can make your living room look and feel new. Many people still have carpet in their homes, which can hold tons of indoor air pollutants and cause breathing problems. It’s better to switch to hard-materials flooring, especially for a high-traffic area like your living room. Examples of hard-material flooring include:
Vinyl, laminate, and polished concrete are some of the more affordable options when it comes to flooring. Vinyl flooring is preferred by many people because it comes in a variety of colors and patterns, while laminate is a cheaper alternative to hardwood floors. Concrete flooring is becoming a more popular flooring option, especially in industrial-style homes. Hard-material flooring also pairs better with any type of rug you’re wanting to add to your living room.
You’ll typically find hardware in your kitchen and bathroom (cabinet and door handles), but if you have any cabinets in your living room, consider updating their hardware. Other “hardware” that you can update in your living room can be your light switches and outlet covers— although it is recommended not to do this if you have no electrical knowledge or just aren’t comfortable with it.
Switching out your lighting fixtures is another simple way to update your living room. Both the lighting and the actual fixtures can transform a room. There are three different types of lighting:
All three serve different purposes, and ambient lighting is more than likely the type of lighting used in your living room because its purpose is to light up an entire room. Chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, track lights, and wall/ceiling mounted fixtures are all examples of ambient lighting.
Painting is probably the cheapest, easiest, quickest, and most fun way to transform your living room. You can start by painting the walls (or an accent wall), but that’s not the only thing you can paint. Consider painting shelves, your TV stand, and you can even buy special furniture paint. If you’re crafty, you can also paint an original piece of art to hang on the wall.
Live plants can brighten up your living space. For those who don’t have a “green thumb”, there are many types of plants that are easier to take care of than others. Some of these include:
Fake plants can also transform your living room, but you get more benefits from live plants. Live plants, especially the ones listed above, are known to be great natural air purifiers, and being around nature also improves your mental health.
Window coverings, sometimes referred to as window treatments, serve both a decorative and functional purpose. The most obvious functional purpose of a window covering is for privacy because it's much harder to see inside a home when it has window coverings. They can also keep out both sunlight and noise. The different types of window coverings include:
You can also use a combination of different types of window coverings. For example, you can use both blinds and curtains, and you can also layer curtains with a double traverse rod. This is typically done by using sheers and regular curtains.
Cleaning your home and adding some new and different touches is a fast and simple way to give it a new look. Not everyone has time for lengthy renovations, so switching up your home decor is a much more attainable option.