Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick refresh, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.
Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.
For a laid-back look on your mantel, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.
Fill any underused nook or corner with a big, ol’ houseplant and it can instantly become the personality-packed focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a cute basket for an extra punch.
Let the vibes flow from room-to-room with another clever paint tip. “I often paint a home one color throughout,” says Susana Simonpietri, interior designer and cofounder of Chango & Co. “Or, I’ll try the softest hue in the room that gets the most natural light, then work through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and gray.”
Mix metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces for added depth to your living room decor.
It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types of pieces you choose. “In each room I design, I try to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees,” says interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. “I also add a few armchairs and a versatile piece like a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink.”
Don’t let your primetime viewing habits impede your style. “Go for a slim TV (mine is a Samsung), and use a thin mount that lets it sit flat against the wall,” says lifestyle blogger Carley Knobloch. “Then have the wires threaded through the wall so it looks uncluttered.”
Make the living room feel airer (and infinitely bigger) by replacing a bulky sectional with pretty seating. Besides, what feels more luxe than velvet?
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories, and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone, and leather.
This breezy Florida living room (with happy-hued pillows) is as pretty as it is practical. The sofa is upholstered in water-resistant fabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.
Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colorful apartment‘s coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.
This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.
The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.
Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.
Our home design director Sarah Richardson elevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.
A neutral palette doesn’t always mean playing it safe. Layer textures and mix in flea market finds to keep things interesting like this glam home and avoid a flat appearance.
This ultra-modern room uses color sparingly for a sleek look.
Position your couch under an oversized window to allow the sunlight and outdoor scene be the focal point of an otherwise neutral room.
Traditional-style furniture gets a dash of regal style with rich purple accents and an oversized rug to anchor the conversation space.
When in doubt, choosing dual accents (coffee tables, lamps, pillows, frames) always makes for a balanced look.
Instead of a classic wooden coffee table, choose a colorful one, like this teal option which is meant to mirror the couch.
White couches are a true classic, and look simply lovely paired with garden-style accents like a floral rug and sage trim. Choose white slipcovers to make this look more practical (and easier to clean).
Golden yellow touches bring coziness to this family room — and that antique-inspired wall clock makes quite the statement, too.
Achieve a serene, polished look with dark flooring and furniture in varying shades of white.
Try a less-is-more attitude by sticking to clean lines and a neutral color palette. An area rug and throw pillows keeps the space warm and inviting.
A pair of sunny yellow chairs doubles-down on the striking impact of a shining sunburst mirror.
This formal living room shows off pops of kelly green, bright golds, and graphic prints to make a statement that is cohesive, but far from boring.
If you’re too nervous to stray far from a neutral, choose just one shade you love (and keep the walls a calming beige, as seen in this living room) to dip a toe into the pool of color possibilities.
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