How to Brighten up a Living Room

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If you're bored with your living room and would like to brighten up the dull look, you don't have to spend a lot of money or hire a pricey interior decorator. Just use your imagination and follow these steps to bring a fresh look to your living room.

  • Add new lighting. If your living room looks dark and dull, new lighting can really brighten up your space. Add table lamps or a floor lamp for additional lighting. If you want to do something more permanent, consider adding recessed lighting into your living room ceiling.

  • Paint the walls a fresh, new color. A gallon of paint doesn't cost much money and it can brighten up any room. Pick that vibrant color you've always liked and if don't want to paint all of your living room walls, just paint one wall to give you an accent wall.

  • Change out your window treatments. If you have heavy and dark draperies, consider purchasing sheer curtains or curtains made out of a lighter weight fabric.

  • Decorate your living room walls. You may choose to use framed artwork prints, painted canvases or framed photos. Choose artwork and photos that reflect your personality and you will give your living room an entirely new brighter look.

  • Put new throw pillows on your sofa, loveseat and chairs. Consider buying decorative pillows in bright colors to give a punch of color to your new living room.

  • Bring in a new area rug. Don't forget about the floor when designing your living room. Choose a rug that will bring some attention down to living room floor. You can select a solid colored rug or a patterned rug to suit your tastes.

  • Consider purchasing slipcovers for your old or worn out sofa, loveseats or chairs. Slipcovers can make your furniture look like new and your friends will think you hired that expensive designer to brighten up your living room.

Tips & Warnings

  • In the springtime, take advantage of fresh spring flowers. Place some fresh cut flowers in vases in your living room to give the room a completely new feel.
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