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How to Give Your Living Room a Quick Makeover

Are you tired of the way your living room looks? Has it remained unchanged for the past five years? A well-executed living room makeover can freshen up your entire home and make you fall in love with the space all over again. But unless you want the process to take weeks, you have to be strategic about what you do.

5 Tips for a Quick Living Room Makeover

Who doesn’t love the idea of a good makeover or renovation? There’s something incredibly appealing about taking something that looks old and outdated and giving it new life. There’s a restorative element that breeds excitement and satisfaction.

The problem with makeovers is that you’ve probably caught the “Hollywood bug.” You’ve seen your fair share of house flipping and home makeover shows and have been led to believe that the only way to makeover a room is to knock down some walls, rip out flooring, and make an expensive shopping trip. This couldn’t be further from reality, though.

Makeovers – particularly of the living room variety – don’t have to be expensive or time consuming. By tweaking just a few basic elements, you can change the entire look of your home.

Let’s check out a few techniques and suggestions:

1. Repaint the Walls

Paint colors go in and out of popularity, so if you haven’t painted in a few years, it’s possible that your living room is dated. Freshening up the walls with a neutral, sophisticated color will really change the entire look of the room. And while the idea of painting fast may seem like it would result in low quality work, this isn’t necessarily true. With the right techniques, you can complete a single-room paint job in minutes.

It may seem counterintuitive, but the key to quick painting is to take your time and maintain a steady hand. If you’re careful, you won’t need to spend time taping off all the edges. This can save you at least an hour. It’s also helpful to follow a uniform painting technique.

“If you’re right handed, paint the wall from left to right (it’ll feel more natural when you’re rolling). Load the roller sleeve with paint and roll from the baseboard to the ceiling to get the paint on the wall,” advises Bill Nunn, a professional painter with more than 32 years of experience. “Then roll straight back down (without reloading the roller) to ensure the wall is covered. Load the roller and move over about 3 in. to the right (the unpainted side of the wall) and roll the full height of the wall again to feather out the leading edge.”

2. Update Wall Art

Once the walls are repainted, you can turn your attention to what’s hanging on the walls. Instead of overcrowding the space with lots of little pictures that are hung with no rhyme or reason, simplify things and select a couple of meaningful pictures.

If your sofa is up against a big wall, a large rectangle canvas print of your family is a nice, simple touch that’s cheap and easy. You can usually buy canvas prints in a variety of sizes – all the way up to 40×60 inches.

3. Replace Window Treatments

There was a time when heavy window treatments were a design staple in living rooms, but this trend has passed (for the most part). Try going with lighter, less ostentatious draperies – or even do away with them altogether. A simple set of quality blinds fits much better in a relaxed, contemporary living room.

4. Rearrange the Furniture

One of the simplest things you can do is rearrange the furniture. You’ll be amazed by how much of a difference this can make. Measure out the room, grab a sheet of paper, and draw a basic floor plan. Then, with a pencil, sketch out some different ideas. A simple tweak like this can make you feel like you’re in an entirely new room.

The one thing you need to think about when arranging furniture is symmetry. “There are two forms of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical,” Pulp Design Studios explains. “Bilateral symmetry is like the human body: There are two of everything. Asymmetry refers to an imbalance, such as two candles of slightly different sizes next to each other. Symmetry is very restful, while asymmetry is used to add visual motion and excitement.”

5. Add Live Plants

The final tip is to add a little life to your living room by incorporating some plants. In addition to immediately introducing unique colors and texture into your home, plants also purify the air and make your home healthier.

The key to successfully incorporating plants into a living room is to add them in groups.  A single plant will look out of place, but a grouping of different sizes, types, and colors will establish a natural focal point in the room.

Give Your Living Room a Makeover

If you’re like most families, you spend a lot of time in your living room – relaxing, entertaining, watching TV, etc. It’s one of the gathering points in the home and you need to show it some love.

While you may have previously assumed that a living room makeover would be time-intensive and expensive, neither of these is necessarily true. With the right approach, you can complete a makeover in record time (and without breaking the bank).