Expecting Company? Give Your Living Room a Makeover in 24 Hours

Your living room needs a makeover, but you have been putting it off for some time now. This afternoon, you received a call that your in-laws are coming to visit from out of town! Now, you need to update the room in a hurry, and have no idea what to do. This article will give you tips for making over your living room in a day, while not spending much money in the process.

Not only will your in-laws be impressed, you have quickly finished a project that you have been putting off for months!

Paint a Wall

No, it isn’t necessary to engage in hours of drudgery painting the entire living room. Choose one wall, and paint it a bold, intense color that blends with some of your existing accents. You will be amazed at the depth doing this one little thing can add to the room. You add a great burst of color, while adding warmth to the room as well.

Can’t Afford New Furniture?

If you need new furnishings but your budget won’t allow for it at the moment, invest in some good slipcovers. For the sofa, you may want to keep the slipcover one solid color, and then add richly textured accent pillows that bring out the color of the wall you painted. Have a boldly patterned throw? Toss it casually over the back of the sofa, or a recliner or rocking chair.

Move the furniture around and take it away from the walls. Group it together in an intimate arrangement that looks cozy and welcoming. If you add an area rug that includes the colors of the room, center it in the middle of the grouping.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter tends to make a room look messy and disorganized. By removing the clutter from floors, furniture and table tops, you will visually increase the size of the room! It will look much cleaner and better organized. As a general rule, place no more than three items on the top of any one table.

Now, decorate the walls with further bursts of color. You can hang boldly colored prints with a simple mat, or stencil designs on the wall yourself and paint using hues that coordinate or contrast with the other colors of the room. Usually, about three colors add the most interest and appeal to a room without making it look overly complicated. Add a big vase of fresh flowers that are colored in shades to match the room, light a warmly scented candle and you’re done! As quick as a flash, you have a newly updated living room.

Sometimes, it takes a little push for us to get things accomplished that we’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Whether company is coming with little notice, or you just want to refresh the room a bit, put these tips to work! Before dark tonight, you can transform the look of a neutral or otherwise dull room. Just add some bold color and accents for instant sparkle and flash!