Feeling bored but not quite sure why? You need a change. Slow down, don’t do anything drastic like chopping off your hair or hopping on a plane and hightailing it to another country. (Although that does sound exciting.) No, you can quench your thirst for change with an easy living room makeover.
These simple hacks, ideas, and finds will satisfy your urge and leave your living room looking like a whole new world.
Hacks, Ideas, and Finds to Revitalize Your Living Room
With these small changes, you can take your living room from drab to fab with minimal time and resources.
1. Spice up air vents
When you think of living room makeovers, air vents probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. Updating vent covers, however, is a fast, easy, and cheap way to give your living room some pizazz.
Cover the vents with see-through floor mats from your local home improvement store or replace them with fun shapes and designs.
2. Organize and hide ugly wires
They’re everywhere and they’re so ugly. But you can’t do anything about it, right?
You have lots of options for organizing and hiding piles of wires. Use a shower curtain rod or chic copper pipes to guide wires smoothly along your walls.
If you’re crafty, you can sew a long and thin sheath to cover them. If your wires are more “jumbled” you could use a cute laundry bin or storage box to keep them out of sight.
3. One word: mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to open up your living room and bring in more natural light. (Something desperately needed in those long winter months.)
Instead of one large mirror, get several small mirrors and arrange them on one wall. Get creative by using different frames and shapes – or go classy with square frameless mirrors.
4. Cute or chic contact paper
Contact paper isn’t just for grandmas anymore. Natural textures like stone, marble, and wood paneling are super in right now.
Use contact paper to revitalize coffee tables, bookshelves, window sills, or even portions of your walls. Chalkboard contact paper gives your living room a fun and unique factor.
5. Go bold with accent ceilings
Accent walls are out, accent ceilings are in. This is where you can really let your creativity shine. If your walls and floors are gray or a neutral color, go for a bold ceiling with emerald green or royal blue.
Are you the artistic type? Channel your inner Michaelangelo and get to painting.
6. Create a charging station
You’ll never lose track of phone cords, remote controls, or chargers again. Pick up a chic tray, basket, or shelf from the home improvement store and bolt it to the wall near an outlet.
Drill holes for the cords if needed and mark a place on the surface for each device: phone, video game, tablet, etc. Then see option 1 to hide your cords.
If you live in a part of the world with long and cold winters, houseplants are a great way to improve both air quality and mood during those dark months.
Have a large living room? Consider a small tree or aloe plant. You could also build a shelf for several small plants or succulents.
8. Replace lampshades and lightbulbs
Aren’t lampshades one of the most infuriating things to clean? It seems like they’re always dusty.
Out with the old and in with the new. Try out bold new colors or styles.
Beyond lampshades, put some thought into your lightbulbs. Select warm and soft hues for a relaxing atmosphere or bring some happiness into your home with a sun-mimicking lamp.
9. Tiny tables
Short on space? No problem. Pick up (or make) a long and slim console table.
Place it behind your couch or along bare walls for an extra little surface. These tables are perfect for phones, controllers, pictures, and other knickknacks.
10.Spray paint everything
Who doesn’t love spray paint? It’s so versatile. Breathe new life into your living room with a fresh coat of spray paint.
You can cover lamps, coffee tables, end tables, shelves, frames, and so much more. Spice things up with bold colors or textured paint.
Not sure how to properly spraypaint? Here is a video to help get you started!
Channel Your Creativity and Get to Work
If you’re looking to give your living room an easy makeover on a budget, you’ll need to think outside of the box. Get creative. Take a good look at your living room: think about what you can update and what you could replace. Then just channel your creativity and get down to business.