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Guest Picks: Quick & Easy Ideas for a Living Room Makeover
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A living room makeover, while fun and exciting, can oftentimes be a daunting task that ends up breaking the bank. Use some of these quick, simple and budget-friendly ideas to update your space, giving it the much needed makeover it deserves. — Annemarie from Brunch at Saks
Van Courtland Blue Paint - $63.99
Paint can be one of the quickest ways to makeover a living room without breaking the bank. I love Benjamin Moore's line at Pottery Barn, especially this subtle yet dreamy gray blue.
Mitoni Curtain Panels - $69.95
Another quick way to makeover a room on a budget is to add window treatments. These curtain panels from Z Gallerie are great because they're functional, visually add length to your room and bring in a dose of texture.
Block Print Stripe - $245
If your living situation permits or if you want to be a tad bolder, you can always give your space a lift by adding wallpaper. I've been eying Farrow and Ball's Block Stripe Print for a while now.
Germain Arched Mirror - $249
I like adding mirrors to fireplace mantels or walls because they make the room look and feel larger while adding poise and balance to your decor. This mirror from Pottery Barn comes in a variety of shapes and looks great together or on its own.
Ginger Salt Side Table - $299
Swapping out your side tables might seem like a small change, but it makes a big difference. This side accent table is decorative and functional — a win-win.
Zigzag Rug - $49
A new rug can instantly update your space, transforming it to any theme desired. For a contemporary or modern look, go with a fun pattern like this chevron striped rug.
Mason Jar Table Lamp - $425
Table lamps can be a great way to change up the look in your room. Try adding lamps made with different textures and materials, like this glass and leather lamp.
Map Wall Decal - $129
Committing to something like wallpaper can be a challenge, not to mention messy, time consuming, and possibly damaging if not done correctly. Avoid the hassle and mess by using decals like this one from Pottery Barn.
Essex Printed Ottoman - $359
Adding a printed ottoman to your living room will instantly give your space dimension. This ottoman from West Elm is great because it can double as a coffee table if needed.
Antique Key Wall Plaques - $119
Adding a few sentimental plaques to your walls is a fun twist to traditional art paintings and will liven up bare walls in no time. I love these antique keys and shield plaques by Ballard Designs.
Vintage Floral Pillow Cover - $19.99
Replacing throw pillows is quick, simple, affordable and has a huge impact on the look of your living room. Whether you like them to match seasonally, or decide to add a few bold covers in for a punch of color, throw pillows like this vintage pattern from Pottery Barn will surely bring new life to your space.
Mini Potted Boxwood Plant - $6.95
It may seem silly and out of the ordinary to add a plant to your living room, but it truly does liven up the space quickly. I have this mini boxwood plant from Crate & Barrel in our den and it brightens up the room.
Hollis Chair Slipcover in Ikat Medallion - $495
Adding slipcovers to your pre-existing furniture is a great way to makeover the space without spending a lot. I really like this Ikat Medallion slipcover by Ballard Designs.
Chunky Wool & Natural Jute Rug - $169
Instead of a traditional rug, add a wool and natural jute rug for a more earthy feel. I bought this jute rug last year for our living room and it has held up nicely.
Stax Floor Lamp - $329
Similar to a table lamp, a floor lamp can be added behind a couch, side table or chair and be used double-time as extra lighting and themed decor. Feel free to go bold in shape, size and color with your floor lamp choice. The more lively the lamp, the more updated your space will be.
Brooklyn Print - $159
Adding a painting or piece of art can change the way your living room looks significantly. If you want to incorporate bold colors into your space but are too afraid to do so, try adding them via art like this awesome yellow print of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dip Dye Throw - $39
A throw might seem too simple to contribute to a makeover, but that just isn't so! Add one to your couches, chairs and ottomans, and your room will immediately feel brighter and cozier.
Raffia Trays - $34
Make your space less cluttered and more open in an instant by organizing books, magazines and TV remotes in storage accessories like this raffia tray.
Stainless Steel Wall-mount Fireplace - $299
If you are looking for that "wow" factor in your living room makeover, think about adding a wall mounted fireplace if your space doesn't have one. This is great for apartments and condos especially. I love this stainless steel fireplace from Grandin Road. I think it'd be perfect in a living room or dining area.