10 simple ideas to give your living room a mini-makeover **


If you want to impress your friends and family with your new-look living room, you don’t have to go to the trouble and expense of a total overhaul. Instead, try these 10 simple ideas to give your living room a mini-makeover, in time for Christmas (featuring photo inspiration from Skirting World).


  1. De-clutter

Let’s start nice and simple. A general tidy-up will instantly create a feeling of space and calm in your living room. So clear away those toys, newspapers and coffee-stained mugs, and wave goodbye to stepping on Lego and hunting for the remote under last week’s TV guide.


  1. Go green

Greenery is a welcome addition to any room. You could even make a houseplant more of a feature by placing it in a brightly coloured pot to liven up the space.


  1. Lick of paint

Are your living room walls looking a little dull and unloved? If so, now’s the perfect time to get your paintbrush out and freshen them up. And if you’re looking for inspiration, consider one of this season’s trends, ‘woodland retreat’, featuring the key colours of russet, plum and damson.


  1. Add interest to your walls

If you’d rather not repaint your walls, there’s another way to inject some life into them: artwork and photographs. From graphic prints and framed quotes to family photos and paintings, there’s plenty of choice if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add character.


  1. Skirting boards

This area of your living room may often get overlooked but it’s well worth keeping your skirting boards in good condition. A simple clean can freshen them up, and if they need a little more of a spruce, try painting them with gloss. Or maybe it’s time to replace them?  There’s a wide range of designs and sizes of skirting board to choose from, which means you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.


  1. Deep clean

If your living room carpet is looking tired, you don’t have to replace it. A deep clean could do the trick by giving it a new lease of life without the expense of buying a new one. However, if your carpet is very old, worn and tatty, and way past its best, now’s the time to think about replacing it.


  1. Flower power

As with pot plants, fresh cut flowers are an affordable and simple way of instantly brightening up a space. But remember to remove any dead or dying flowers to keep the arrangement looking fresh for longer.


  1. Cushion comfort

You may be dreaming of a new sofa but your funds won’t quite stretch that far. Instead, swap your old, worn cushions for fresh new ones to give your sofa a super quick and easy face-lift without breaking the bank.


  1. Light up

Floor and table lamps can give a room a more cosy and relaxed vibe. Pick styles that work well with your living room décor.


  1. Rearrange

Finally, a smart way to fool people into thinking you’ve splashed out on a new living room is to simply rearrange the furniture. You won’t even need to open your wallet for this one.


** This is a collaborative post



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