IKEA hacks and ideas to give your living room a fresh update.
I began the 2020 Fresh Start series with the entryway. Today, let’s focus on the living room and look at some quick hacks and easy ideas to freshen up the space.
#1 Give your old sofa new love
In most living rooms, the centerpiece is the sofa. And if you sofa is looking tired, updating it will deliver a huge impact. It’ll almost feel like walking into new room.
One way to do that is to add detailing.
i) Like tufting
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ii) Or new legs
Adding a set of new legs is probably the easiest update you can make on your IKEA sofa. There are plenty of stores that sell furniture legs that fit IKEA sofas. Featured below is the ESTELLE from Pretty Pegs.
iii) Even, a new slipcover
Totally change the color of your sofa. It makes a big difference to the room.
After … KIVIK in Comfort Works Kino Frost.
See the complete sofa makeover
#2 Hack your rug
If you have a plain rug, give it a pattern to add another layer of visual interest. Here are two ways you can do this:
i) Use a Sharpie for a Beni Ouarain-ish look
Crystal took a Sharpie to her ADUM rug and drew lines across. Best thing is, they don’t have to be perfectly straight. How easy is that. See the tutorial. (ADUM is discontinued, consider the STOENSE instead).
ii) Paint a flatwoven rug
iii) Layer on rugs
Get layers of texture to create a cozy ambience. Here’s a guide on Apartment Therapy on how to nail the layered rug look.
Credit: Studio McGee
#3 Update your coffee table
But let’s do more than that.
i) Add a natural element to up the style
If you’re using a basic LACK coffee table, upgrade it into rustic farmhouse style coffee table with a thick wood slab.
ii) Make it a conversation piece
#4 Challenge your wall
If you have a large span of wall in your living room, dressing it up will go a long way towards freshening up your space.
A gallery wall is awesome but can we do more? Definitely.
i) Not shiplap, wood paneling
ii) A green wall
Terra create a “green wall” from FEKJA artificial plant squares.
iii) DIY wainscoting
Get Rosandra’s trick for adding boiserie or wainscoting to her walls, without the high cost. See it here.
#5 Declutter with small storage
Tidying is the unmistakable route to a “put together” look. But what do you do with all the small items like the many remote controls, chargers, books and reading glasses?
Enter small storage.
i) Make a storage ottoman
ii) Get a large tray to corral everything
A KOMPLEMENT pull out tray for the PAX wardrobe works as a super large tray to keep things in one place and organized.
iii) Keep all papers in one spot
Make a cute book or magazine stand like this:
Credit: Caroline Burke via Hunker
What are your ideas for a quick living room update?
And that’s my 5 quick tips and ideas for a living room update. What about you? What is your one go-to tip you can share with our readers?
Hope you’re inspired to give your living room a jiffy refresh this weekend.