3 Easy Ways To Update Your Living Room Decor, No Reno Required

This article originally appeared on Schoolhouse, a Portland-based company in the Food52 family of brands.

As lifelong students of interior design, we’re always looking for simple ways to spruce up our living space. From swapping out throw pillows to rearranging art, small changes can make a big impact when it comes to updating a room. If you’re looking for a few easy interior upgrades to tackle this fall, we’ve got you covered. Scroll below for our top 3 tips for refreshing your living room without renovating.

1. Rearrange Furniture

Sometimes, all it takes to transform a living room is a fresh furniture arrangement. Experiment with different layouts to create a more functional and visually appealing space. If you’re looking to make a small tweak, experiment with spacing between pieces. For example, group furniture closer together to make the room feel cozier or shift seating a little further from the coffee table to create a roomier and more airy ambiance.

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2. Update Accessories

Seasonally swapping out throw pillows, blankets, and other home accessories can transform the overall look of the room with minimal effort. Opt for bright and patterned decor to bring a pop of color, add some greenery with fresh flowers or hang up art to shift the focal of the living room. Whatever your styling strategy, aim to make two to three small changes.

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3. Brighten Up

For an easy and impactful upgrade, consider updating your lighting or moving existing lamps to different areas in the room. For example, if you have a table lamp on a side table, move it to a console or if the lamp is small enough, display it on a bookshelf. Whatever your styling strategy, switching up your lighting doesn’t have to include rewiring—work with portable lighting options like plug-in wall sconces and floor or table lamps for a quick home refresh.

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