Decorating & Design

April 11, 2019

10 Easy Ways To Update Your Living Room In A Weekend

Making over a space as important as the living room can seem like a daunting task. Good news: upgrading your space is easier than you think — and it doesn’t have to involve a costly and chaotic renovation. “Some spaces don’t need a major overhaul,” says design editor Kai Ethier. “We refreshed this room by bringing in 10 accent pieces, and we did it all in one afternoon!”

10 easy ways to update your space - colorful living room

1. Statement lighting: Don’t be afraid to go bold by adding a dramatic light fixture; it’s an effective way to give the room dimension and draw the eye upward.

2. Soft-pleat drapery: “Big hits of color can change the mood of a room,” says Kai. “Drapery energizes and is a great way to add color to a wall without the time commitment and mayhem of painting.”

3. Accent lighting: Consider a secondary light source to create ambience while outfitting the space with a sculptural piece.

4. Wall art: “A small grouping of art can sometimes fall flat,” says design editor Jennifer Koper. “Instead, try hanging one large piece for greater impact. A mirror will bounce light to create the illusion of a larger space.”

5. Tropical plant: Replace seasonal branches with a lush elephant’s ear plant to breathe life into a vacant corner.

6. Vibrant pillows: Throw pillows can make a sofa sing. Why not change up the the tune with new covers in eye-catching colors or patterns?

7. Bold sculpture: Minimize clutter and style your coffee table with a few large-scale sculptural objets for maximum impact.

8. Fashion rug: Anchor your room with a rug — a dreamy wash of rainbow colors underfoot helps pull together all the accents in the room.

9. Coffee table: Consider a substantial coffee table crafted in natural materials to bring character and warmth to the space.

10. Fringed throw: Store heavy throws suited to colder temperatures and layer in softness with patterned, lighter fabrics for picturesque punch.

Author: Amanda Demeku

Valerie Wilcox


House & Home April 2019


Produced by Kai Ethier and Jennifer Koper