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As soon as you walk in the door, your living room should feel like a warm and inviting place to be. You don’t want it to feel cold, empty or lifeless. So how do you make that happen?

There are many ways! The first step is identifying what look and feel you’re going for. Then, think about the colors of paint, furniture style and fabrics that will help create this feeling for you.

Finally, take care of all those little details that make your home yours, from pictures on the wall to throw pillows on the couch. The more effortless it looks (and feels!), the better!


Identifying your needs, Colors of paint, furniture style, fabrics and other details of your living room.

Let’s start with the basics. What kind of look do you want your living room to have? Do you want it to be warm, cozy and inviting? Or do you prefer a more eclectic, modern feel? Is there any particular style that may suit your personality better?

Maybe this is an opportunity for you to try something new! Don’t be afraid to go against the grain, just make sure that if it’s your first time doing something you really love, try to stick with a budget friendly option. You don’t want to get too carried away and find out later on that this isn’t the look for you.

Option 1: Pillow talk

Soften the look of your living room by adding pillows

Adding pillows makes any empty space feel cozier, especially when you get to pick out some with unique patterns or textures. Make sure that the pattern doesn’t compete too much with the rest of your decor, it should serve as an accent piece!

You also want to make sure that you’ve got a good blend between colors, shapes and sizes. Too many similar looking pieces will just end up looking cluttered.

Everyone knows that pillows make a huge difference in how inviting and homey a living room feels, but not everyone wants to spend money on buying them. If you’re looking for an easy way to quickly add in some pillows in your living room, look in your closet!

You can use old clothes as well as towels and sheets to make some fun pillows. Simply cut out a shape from an old shirt or towel, fill it with stuffing or other soft material, and sew up the pillow.


Option 2: Go green

Everyone loves plants – they bring life to any room, increase oxygen intake around you, and can serve as great decoration.

Option 3: Get some art up on the walls

Creative decor is cheap to buy or cheap to make – but it’s always unique! You can purchase some prints at your local dollar store or head to Tumblr for some easy DIY projects.

Option 4: Light it up

Luckily, this one is also the cheapest. Putting a few candles around the room will make it feel cozy and welcoming – plus, they can serve as great decoration too!

Option 5: Add a plush rug

This might be a little pricey at first but if you’re willing to search for a good deal, you’ll find that most rugs in stores are 30% – 50% off the usual price.


Option 6: Mixing it up !

If you have the money to spend, then we always say go for it! Mixing up your living room can be done in so many different ways. You can mix up your seating, decorations, lighting, etc. Or you could just pick 1 or 2 things to add to your living room that are drastically different from what you already have and just leave it at that.

Here are some example:

  • A fire pit and a cozy rug in your living room, or maybe even a hammock
  • A sisal rug and a furry area rug – just because it’s a different material, doesn’t mean that it can’t be equally as cozy!

Have a go at adding some different things to your living room and let us know how it goes!

Option 7: Aesthetic appeal

Aesthetic appeal is a great way to add life and color into your living room without spending too much money on furnishings. In fact, the best part about accentuating your wall art, furniture pieces and decor with color is that it requires absolutely no upkeep!

All you need to do is find things that you like aesthetically and choose colors that you love, and voila! Couple this with some stylish wall art for a photo-worthy piece of art that is also functional.

Option 8: Ethnic feel

There are so many different cultures in the world. You could decorate your living room to look like it belongs in another country! This is a great way to add a little bit of life and character to your living room.

Option 9: Add a little ‘something’ to your empty coffee table

Add a unique spin to your decor by experimenting with different vignettes on your coffee table. A vignette is just a fancy word for an arrangement of different objects on the same surface. For example, you could use some silk flowers, a candle, and an interesting looking book to create a vignette that is perfect for your coffee table.

Option 10: Decorate with pictures of loved ones

Picture frame collages are super easy to create and can be hung on walls or placed on surfaces around your house, depending on how much space you have available. Simply take your favorite photos from when you went on holidays, with your friends or family members, etc. and print them out in a size that fits the frame of your choice.

Then all you need to do is punch a few holes in the edge and add your photos with string or tape. Many people love the look of cork boards so why not turn them into stylish decor pieces for your home? They are perfect for placing on the wall beside your television.



There are so many different options and ideas out there! There’s no way we can fit them all in this post. But we will link some articles below where we talk about some different styles and looks you could try that might suit your home (or not).

Once you’ve settled on an idea or style, you’ll need to figure out what pieces of furniture and decor would best represent this theme throughout your home.

Ideas are only good if they help you to take action. That’s why we’ve laid out some different ideas for how you can spruce up your living room in the time frame that works best for you and without spending too much money! visit our website to get your free quote!