You and your family probably spend a ton of time in the living room, whether it's snuggled on the couch watching movies or playing games with your kids on the living room floor. Such an important room should feel comfortable, calm, and happy. If instead your living room feels dated and shabby, it might be time for these four updates:
Add Hardwood Floors
Carpet is often dated looking, not to mention hard to clean. Replacing your old carpet with gleaming hardwood floors (such as those provided by Ambrose Randa Hardwoods) will dramatically transform the whole look of your living room, instantly making it appear warmer and more up-to-date. Plus, if you or the kids spill something on the hardwood floors, it's easy to just wipe it up and unlikely to stain the way that carpet tends to. Since many home buyers prefer hardwood floors, this update may even make your home easier to sell when the time comes.
Do a Major Decluttering
Sometimes updating your living room isn't as much about what you add as what you take away. Doing a major decluttering session will leave your living room feeling more calm, organized, and put together than if you leave it full of random odds and ends. If you have tons of old DVDs taking up space, consider transferring them to a hard drive and donating or selling the originals.
Look around your entire living room with a critical eye and toss, sell, or donate anything you no longer like or use. Other items you may decide to keep, but rearrange things so that they go in a different room where they better suit the decor or will get used more.
Freshen Up Your Couch
Your couch has a ton of visual impact since it is such a large piece of furniture, and it also has a large effect on how comfortable your living room is. If you have room in your budget, replacing an old, saggy, dated couch with something fresh and modern can make your living room feel brand new. If you'd rather not replace the couch just yet, even just upgrading to cool new throw pillows and adding a colorful toss blanket can make a big difference.
Improve the Lighting
Lighting heavily affects the feel of a room. During the day, opt for as much natural light as possible. This may mean rearranging furniture so it doesn't block the windows, or replacing heavy curtains with something more light and airy. At night, consider adding a dimmer switch and small table lamps to create a soft, inviting glow instead of relying on harsh overhead lighting.
By implementing these four living room updates, you will soon have a living room you love to spend time in and want to show off.