Does your home need an update, but you don’t want to make any changes that are too drastic, like paint or new flooring? We decided to give our living room a refresh around this time last year and went with all new furniture. After painting the walls and adding the new pieces, it felt like a whole new house. Everyone who came over to visit agreed.
Even if you can’t paint or replace every piece of furniture in a room, consider trying some furniture essentials to jazz up your rooms. If I had my way, our entire house would probably be furnished with Wayfair products. I love seeing them featured on my favorite HGTV shows and then try to recreate the look in our rooms. Here are some ideas for furniture essentials that can give your room an instant update.
Consider a new sofa or love seat. Your couch is likely one of the key focal points in your living room. If you’re like many people, it’s where you spend a great deal of your time. But, is it sagging in the middle? Has it faded in the sunlight? Has your cat scratched it up? Maybe the color just isn’t working anymore.
It may be time to consider purchasing a new one. If you had a neutral color before, why not consider a bright red or navy to add some pizzazz? If you had a bold but slightly outdated color, consider how a neutral could open up new possibilities for your living room.
If a new sofa isn’t in your budget, consider trying new slipcovers. They’re more affordable and offer the easy ability to change the look of your room without going all-out on new furniture. If you had a dark covering before, consider something more neutral. You can also re-cover your furniture if you don’t find slipcovers that meet your needs.
Another way to update your sofa is to try new throw pillows or a throw blanket. In bold colors or an eye-catching pattern, this can take your living room from outdated to updated in minutes.
Have you had your coffee table for a long time? Maybe it’s time for a change. A new type of wood, different finish, or even metal can make all the difference in a room. If you’ve had light colored pine or oak, consider a darker cherry or mahogany. If you had antiques, consider something more modern. If you had glass, consider metal. Some of the best updates are substituting a traditional coffee table for something more unexpected — a bench, or a trunk, perhaps?
Again, if buying new isn’t within your budget, you can also update what you already have. A fresh coat of paint over that flea market find is an easy way to change the look of a piece. If your children or pets have added scratches to your wood items, you can sand them down and refinish them, or just go over them with a furniture polish that includes a liquid scratch cover. Furniture without scratches? Instant update.
Finally, consider adding an interesting vase full of fresh cut flowers or a centerpiece filled with colorful stones to update your coffee table.
Whether you update your room to include a colorful side chair or a leather chesterfield-style chair, it’s sure to make a difference. You can play around with the placement, too. Adding a new chair might inspire you to rearrange the rest of your furniture, adding to the new updated look to your room.
A stylish ottoman can update your home, and many of the latest ottomans also double as storage devices for items like video game controls, remotes and other items you may want out of sight. A bright floral pattern, bold stripes, or a leather ottoman can give your room the change you’re looking for.
If your home needs an update, you don’t have to immediately rush out and paint the walls and get new flooring. Consider a few well-placed furniture changes and you may find that your home has a whole new makeover!