9 Small (But Powerful!) Updates You Can Make to Your Living Room in an Afternoon

9 Small (But Powerful!) Updates You Can Make to Your Living Room in an Afternoon

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 5, 2016

Think you need a lot of time to make a big impact on your living room? It's not the case! If you want to refresh a living room in an afternoon, you need only choose one (or more) of these small but impactful ideas.

1. Add a painted detail to a furniture piece or accessory

Do you have a little paint already on hand, perhaps from a previous DIY project? Why not add a small painted detail to something in your living room? You don't have to lay down tons of drop sheets or paint an entire piece, just a little detail addition can be a charming thing to add to a room to give it a punch of personality or make something in the room that's been a little too blend-y in with the rest of your space stand out more!

2. Hang a plant

Chances are you've got plant (or two or three) in your living room. Why not consider taking one of those existing plants and hang them from something? This small action will do all kinds of things in a living room, from spreading the green feeling around, to adding something up high (which is always good for any space), to even adding movement to your design. And it's pretty darn easy to DIY.

3. Rearrange art

Just even switching the places of a few art pieces in your home (whether on a wall or leaning somewhere) can make for a dramatic look in your home. It doesn't even have to be permanent; it can just be something to help you see your space with a fresh perspective.

4. Rearrange a vignette

It's the same idea as mentioned above, and maybe even easier to play around with.

5. Fix up your lighting

You can fix the actual lighting pieces —by cleaning, repairing or DIYing light fixtures — or you can adjust the amount or placement of your lighting. Lighting is a vital element to any room, and anything you do to make this element better will have a big impact on your living room.

6. Make a bunch of little fixes

Like repairing or replacing light bulbs, tightening knobs, straightening art pieces or cleaning up stains. When accumulated over an afternoon, a lot of little things can really refresh the look of your living room.

7. Clean up and down

You might not really notice the layer of dust, dirt and grim covering your baseboards and your ceiling fan right now, but believe us when we say that you'll notice the difference after you clean these spots.

8. Plump up a sofa (or give it a thorough cleaning)

Your sofa is a no doubt a major focal point of your living room. Why not make it look its best? From cleaning it really well to even plumping it up to give your cushions a new lease on life, you can spend time on this soft spot in your home to really upgrade the look of your living room.

9. Get control of wires

Getting a wild set of wires under control will up the look of your living room immediately and may even make it function a little better, too.

Re-edited from a post originally published 9.22.15-nt

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