1. Remove everything from the room
Can you update your Living room in a weekend? Start by removing everything, every Knick- knack, every small table and every movable piece of furniture out. Also remove all the window treatments or drapery. It’s so amazing once the room is cleared out how the space can really speak to you. All of a sudden you start to notice the details of the room. Maybe the windows are large and have a view you missed or the ceilings are high or the trim is really nice, you can play those details up! Or maybe you have nothing to inspire you. The room is a box with small windows, no view, low ceilings and no trim! Oh no, let’s just add some details and excitement to this space.
2. Have walls, ceiling and all trims painted
First off by painting the walls you have an instant color splash which will transform the whole room. This is your opportunity to try something new in the room. Look at a favorite piece of art you already own for inspiration or maybe a rug you already have has some beautiful colors you could pull your wall color from. The key here is you are using your own stuff and not buying anything new so you save so much money!
You are now close to updating your Living room in a weekend. You could paint the room yourself this would save you lots of money. But painting walls and trim are pretty easy although painting ceilings can be a little tricky. So if your ceilings really need painting. And you feel you can handle the job, do it! Just take your time and proceed carefully or you could hire a professional. Hiring a painter would cost about $500-$700 depending on where you live for a 20’X15’ room.
3. Wash windows inside and out
Now that the room is cleaned out and freshly painted. This the perfect opportunity to clean those windows. Inside and outside if you can reach the outside of them safely. I have found that mixing a little dish soap in a spray bottle with warm water. Then spraying this mixture on the glass. Then wiping with a damp clean lint free towel and then a dry lint free towel the windows will come out fantastic and streak free! Also, they seem to stay cleaner longer!
4. Launder the drapery or dry-clean will really Update your Living room in a weekend
If you have drapery this is the best time to send them to the cleaners or if they are machine washable to wash them. If you have mini blinds or woven blinds try wiping them down with clean lint free towel be careful not to use the vacuum as this could damage the blinds.
5. Bringing back your furniture and stuff
Start thinking about what you use this room for and what is your focal point of the room. Is this a room for entertaining or TV watching or maybe both? So, let’s take look at the layout for the room that has a TV on the far wall you could float the sofa in the middle of the room and work the rest of the room around this floor plan. Or say you only use the room for entertaining think about creating a conversation area with the sofa and a couple of chairs and a good rule is to always have a small table next to all seating areas.
6. Add back your accessories
Now the fun starts! Look at all of your own accessories and art work for color matches to your new color scheme you used for the walls and trim. Select a few of your old accessories that support the current colors theme. Also look to other art and accessories in the rest of your home that could work in this room. Try to pick a great art piece from your own stuff for over the sofa or other focal point, maybe over the fireplace or console that will work with your new color scheme.
7. Update your Living room in a weekend by Adding new Pillows
Now one more way to update your Living room in a weekend. Here is where you get to go shopping! Homegoods and Pier 1 have very reasonably prices nice quality pillows in lots of colors and patterns. Remember to bring with you to the store your paint swatches and a few photos of your sofa and art work look for pillows coordinate with your color scheme that will being the room together.
8. Add fresh flowers in a beautiful vase
Look through all your old vases and even things that are not a vase but could hold water, like beautiful tea cups, spice jars, wine glasses, even a tooth-brush holder can look amazing with a small bouquet. Once you find one you like fill it with beautiful fresh flowers either from your own garden or even a grocery store bouquet can look great if you rearrange them yourself.
9) Sit back and enjoy! You updated your Living room in a weekend
You now have a beautiful new space you updated for less than you ever thought possible!
10) If you need more help
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