architectural-224243_640 If your living room needs a makeover, you can hire an expensive interior decorator, but why waste money on a hiring someone who may or may not understand your idea, or follow your instructions? Make the change yourself – you will save money, and you’ll be sure to get exactly what you want. Take a look at these five great ways to refresh your living room; from changing paint to reupholstery, you’re sure to find one that will make your living room look positively swank.

Change the Paint

  • There are lots of tricks you can use to make a little paint go a long way. You can change the whole look of the room by leaving three walls white, and painting the fourth in a dramatic color, or by covering the fourth wall in a painted mural or dramatic stencil. You can paint the ceiling to look like the open sky; you can paint the floor in geometric patterns or colorful swirls. You might paint window and door frames a strong, contrasting color, or change the dominant wall color from cool to warm, or vice versa.

Reupholster Chairs & Sofa

  • The sofa is usually the focal point of the living room. Even a small change in a sofa’s color or material can give the room a whole new mood. For example, imagine the difference if you reupholster your leather couch and change its color from brown to bright red. Instantly the room takes on a warmer and more vibrant mood.

 Reduce Clutter

  • Clean out your living room and go for a very simple look. This can work with both modern and traditional decor. Modern and Swedish-style furniture work well in a spare space, and on the more traditional side, Shaker and Colonial style pieces look well in an uncluttered room. The pieces you do choose to use in your living room will pop much more when few other things are competing for attention.

Artwork

  • Use a large or unusual work of art as the focus for the room. Choose a large custom mirror, a dramatic sculpture, a soothing indoor fountain, a colorful hanging mobile, textile art, or a wall-sized painting.

Architectural Detail

  • The addition of architectural detail is especially striking and doesn’t have to be expensive.  Add a faux finish to walls, ceilings or floors to establish a theme, mood or style. For example, faux timber beams or tin ceiling panels will give your space a rustic, country look; faux brick or stone cemented to the walls will give your room the look of a loft; install real or faux wooden floors for a farmhouse or antique look; and real or faux wooden paneling to set a Colonial, English or French Provincial mood.

You can achieve many of these dramatic changes by yourself, but if you choose an option such as reupholstery, you will need to bring in a professional. There are many furniture pros who can perform sofa reuphostery and chair repair in NYC, and they will be happy to help you achieve the look you want.