We all want our living rooms to feel cozy and inviting, but sometimes they just need more work than we’ve got the time for. Over time, we grow used to our less-than-ideal surroundings until we’ve got guests coming to stay or we see a particularly stunning home displayed on Pinterest, at which point we realize how uninspired we are by our own four walls.

Interior design trends come and go, and we all tire of the same old spaces after a while. So what do you do if you can’t afford a remodel or you don’t have time to redecorate? Luckily, there are small things you can do to beautify your living room once more; here are four tips to get you started.



Add More Seating

The living room is a place to relax and socialize in. Therefore, it makes sense to provide as much comfortable seating as possible. Furniture also helps structure a room, and particularly attractive pieces will draw the eye away from more unsightly spots. So, if you’re looking to refresh your living space, start by adding an extra chair or mixing up your seating. If you’re looking for a new recliner, Fjords furniture by Hjellegjerde combines tradition and innovation, creating comfortable, durable and beautiful chairs that truly stand out in the home.


Upgrade the Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important features of any room, and one that can make or break an atmosphere. If your living room feels drab, start by swapping your bland pendant lights for funky chandeliers or colorful globe lights. Alternatively, you could skip ceiling lights altogether in favor of standing floor lamps, string lights and wall sconces. Don’t forget to light candles when guests come over, as the gentle lighting will give your home a cozy glow.


Hang New Artwork

You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to appreciate a beautiful print or painting in your home – even old greetings cards, postcards and other cheaply sourced prints can look amazing in the right frames. Set about gathering all your curated pieces together, then go on the hunt for some picture frames – you can find good quality hand-me-downs in local thrift stores and markets if you’re on a tight budget. Once you’ve collected all your pieces together in frames, create a feature on a blank wall in your living room, and you’ll be amazed how it adds character to your space


Dress Your Windows 

Your windows are another focal point of your living room, so make sure they’re worth looking at. Natural light is great for making your home look sparkling, but you’ll also need some drapes, blinds or curtains for privacy. While you may have price considerations to bear in mind when choosing your curtains, you also need to think about what will tie this space together. Long, dark or colorful drapes look great in large living rooms with plenty of windows, while rattan blinds are often better for smaller spaces.