The first step to upgrading any room is to declutter. Nothing weighs a room down more than clutter, so give or sell any unused item and furniture. The less clutter you have, the more space you have to breathe. Give yourself the luxury of having more living space.
Once you have decluttered your living room, it is time to rearrange your remaining furniture and belongings. Ask a friend to help you move your furniture around to find the ideal setting. Think of original and esthetic ways to put away your different belongings and odds and ends. You could gather extra throws and pillows in a cute basket beside the sofa. The internet is filled with storage ideas. It is up to you to find the one that will work with your décor.
The simplest way to spruce up a room is to give it a fresh coat of paint. If an area is stuffy, go with light colours. White walls might seem boring, but accessorize your living room with a splash of colour, and you will have a magazine worthy look.
Get One Expensive Piece
Splurge on one expensive piece only and make it the focal point of your living room. It could be a chair, a work of art or whatever catches your fancy. Save up for it or get an online personal loan. It will be worth the expense to make your living room that much more special.
Update Old Furniture
Give a second life to old furniture. Can you reupholster an old sofa or chair? Give a coat of paint to some boring furniture like chairs, side tables and shelves? The ideas are limitless, and once again the internet can help you find the ones for you.
Personalize Wall Hangings
Why not add your personal touch with the wall hangings? Put a collection of family pictures in an assortment of frames. You can find cheap frames at dollar stores or thrift shops and paint them to your liking. Alternatively, get a blank canvas and some paint and create! You do not need to be an accomplished artist to make an abstract painting, but the result could be just what your living room was missing.
Use accessories that you have and add a little something special to them. It might be a little bling or some embroideries, whichever you like. Your imagination is the limit. If you are manual, you could even make your accessories. Sew a cushion, knit or crochet a throw. There again, even if you do not know the first thing about sewing or knitting, there are many websites out there with simple tutorials. It might be worth checking them out.