If you live in a region where winters bring cold weather and gray skies, you’re probably counting the days to spring. You may not be able to rush nature, but you can control the seasons inside your home. By using what you already have and investing in a few splurges, you can make spring come early to your living room.
Let your floors breathe. Roll up heavy area rugs to expose the hardwood beneath. If you prefer a bit of texture underfoot, cover the floor with a colorful indoor-outdoor carpet. Replacing wall-to-wall carpeting is an expensive undertaking. Instead, top the existing carpet with a bright, lightweight rug to give the floor a boost of color.
A coat of paint transforms a room’s look. If you don’t want to commit to a full-room project, paint one feature wall orange, yellow, green, orchid, or another bright color that complements the room’s existing palette. Now that the wall is the center of attention, use it as a gallery for framed prints and photos.
To give your living room a fresh perspective, rearrange the furniture. Create a floor plan that opens up floor space and uses existing pieces in new ways. Replace an over-sized coffee table with an ottoman that provides extra seating. Borrow a wicker table and chair from the patio to create a reading corner with a garden feel.
Textiles that are dark and heavy drag a room’s mood down. If your windows are hiding behind insulated drapes, dress them in sheer panels that let the sunshine in. Brighten the sofa and chairs with throw pillows made from cheery cotton and other lightweight fabrics. To make a no-cost custom cover, wrap a pretty scarf around a pillow and tie the ends in a knot.
Search your home for accessories that suit the living room’s new spring style. Collect lamps, pitchers, bowls, and quirky statuary from your attic, bedroom, kitchen, and garden shed. Swap out drab accessories for pieces that are white, bright, or bold. To create a sense of unity in the space, choose pieces in a few accent colors and display them in groups on shelves and tabletops.
A trip to the supermarket supplies your makeover’s finishing touches. Fill a basket with tangerines to create a simple, sunny table accent. A simple arrangement of cut flowers brings your living room to life.