5 Minute Room Makeover Ideas, Part 1: Living Room

If your living room is feeling a bit drab and you want to give it a makeover without taking on a huge project, there are some very easy and inexpensive ways to freshen it up. No paint, no tools, no major labor (or purchases) required. By changing out and adding some minor cosmetic details in the room, you can give it an entirely new feel. It is all about focusing on color, texture, and pattern to change a space. Here are some 5 minute makeover ideas to transform your living room for living or selling.


Bringing in an area rug to a space can transform a room completely. It is a great way to warm up the room, define a conversation area and pull everything together. There are countless options for rugs whether you are looking for something neutral or want to bring in a nice pop of color.

Pillows are the best way to add color, texture and pattern to a room. Not only do they offer comfort, but they also offer a lot of style. If you ever get tired of them, you can move them to another room and change them out for a different accent color, or you can cover the ones you have with a new fabric.

Hanging some pretty curtains will do wonders to make a room look finished off. You can choose to go neutral or use it as an opportunity to add more color to the space. To make the room appear taller, hang the curtains higher than the window to fool the eye.

By bringing in a couple of accent chairs in a color or pattern, the whole landscape of the room can be changed. This can make for an easy and inexpensive DIY project. Find some thrift store armchairs and either reupholster them or use a slipcover to give them a new look.

The right lighting can have a huge impact on a space. If your living room feels a little dark and unwelcoming, try upping the wattage on the bulbs or add one or two extra sources of lighting in dark areas. This is a great opportunity to go shopping and find some beautiful light fixtures that will enhance the space’s lighting as well as overall design.

No room is complete without some art. If you have some but have grown tired of it, it’s time to swap it out for something new. When choosing art, think about the accent colors you want to include in the room and either match them to the ones that are already there or choose carefully what you want to change the accents to, because the art should pull it all together.

Accessories are one of the most fun parts of decorating a room. This is where you really see the personality of the room come together in the final details. Items like a tall vase, some coffee table books, or some fresh flowers are great ways to add character to a room.

Which one of these ideas are you most excited to try?

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