It’s easier than you think to update your living room by making a few small changes. Everything in the room contributes to its atmosphere and image; you don’t need to wallpaper an entire room or tear down walls to make a dramatic change and make your room feel brand new. 

When you begin to feel bored of your living room and you develop that itch to decorate (hey, we’ve all experienced it) step away from the paint and wallpaper aisles of your hardware store and focus on updating a few, simple features. Playing with the correct elements can make your living room feel like it’s had an entire makeover, and you don’t have to invest your time and resources heavily.


Colour
Most of us think about colour when we think about interior design. Colour schemes, accents, patterns. Colour speaks to us, defines who we are, and can set the mood of your living room. If you like to play with colour and are partial to a change, save your pennies by going for muted walls from the offset, changing your colour accents and furniture as often as you’d like, without having to get the paint roller out.

Colour accents are easy to switch up and they don’t have to be permanent changes. Mix up the colour of your living room by adding new artwork, playing with complementary and contrasting colours, and moving your colour accents to change the dynamic of your room. Your favourite colour might not always be the best colour for your living room, so try to go for colours that will relax, inspire or comfort you, instead of the colours that your eyes are first drawn to.  


Lighting
Change the brightness of your lighting and alter the balance between your light sources. If you usually rely on one main ceiling light, reduce the brightness and add a few table or floor lamps for spotlighting. Light is crucial for defining space, especially in large multi-use rooms, so use what you have available to make a change.

Just by changing the location of your lamps will alter the flow of you room and update the dynamics. You are more likely to gravitate towards the light for reading, watching television, and talking to other people in the room. By simply changing where your spotlighting is, it could be a nice breath of fresh air if you’re a creature of habit. 


Soft furnishings
Soft furnishings are so simple but we rely on them heavily for bringing texture, colour, and pattern into our living rooms. Instead of considering your soft furnishings secondary to your harder furnishings, put your curtains, drapes, cushions, rugs, and blinds at the forefront of your mind to create an entire design overhaul. 

Making small changes, one at a time, can be easier for us to achieve the desired look. With trial and error, we can use our judgement consistently as we transform and strive to achieve the perfect living room for ourselves.