Want to refresh your living room design, but the thought of hiring an interior designer or contractor to remodel the space seems daunting (and expensive)? Before you resign yourself to spending another evening in a drab living room, consider this: it’s possible to transform the main room of your home with a modest budget and minimal heavy lifting. Noz Nozawa, lead designer and owner of Noz Design, knows that a little design savvy can go a long way. “You absolutely can make significant improvements to your living space without completely overhauling what you have today,” says the San Francisco-based designer. Nozawa has rearranged, repainted, and replaced items in her living room more times than she can remember.
Susannah Watts, owner and chief designer of Swatts & Co Design Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, echoes the sentiment that an outdated space can be refreshed with new living room design ideas. “You don’t have to knock down walls to impress your visitors,” she says. “A little paint, a little pattern, and lots of bold, funky additions can totally revamp a space.”
Ready to renew and improve a living room space? Below, interior designers reveal their must-have tricks that update living room design without much effort.
Highlight the coolest feature
Identify the main feature of a living room and draw attention to it, recommends Watts. It can be a fireplace, a unique ceiling molding, a cool light fixture, or even some not-so-boring window sills. Work with what you already have. “The options [for updates] are endless,” she says. To spruce up an ordinary brick fireplace, the Watts design team painted the brick metallic silver and added tile around the hearth.