If you are like most Americans, you and your family spend a lot of time in your living room. Don’t you want the space to be alive and inviting? If you look around your living room and see tired, boring furniture and décor, then your space may need a facelift — but how do you get started? Try any of these simple additions to breathe new life into your space.

1. Try Texture and Patterns.

If your furniture and décor are all one color, the room may lack depth. Adding an accent wall that has a patterned paint job or wallpaper may brighten up the room. If you don’t have time to paint, you might just want to pick some pillows that have patterns or fun textures to add some dimension and color. Don’t be afraid to mix colors!

2. Consider Adding a Feature that Makes a Statement.

Living spaces that have a focal point tend to add more life to a room. In many living rooms, however, the focal point ends up being a television or entertainment system. Switch things up by picking out a large painting or bright rug to really make a statement in your room. You can find something that fits with your existing color scheme or design around your new statement piece.

3. Incorporate Shutters.

shutters give any room a sophistication that is difficult to replicate. These beautiful window treatment options can brighten up a room, add character and are clean and safe alternatives to other window treatments. They also add to the value of your home in addition to totally changing the ambiance of your living space. You could change nothing else, but add shutters, and it would feel like a completely different room.

4. Scale Down Your Furniture.

You can make your living space seem a lot bigger by getting rid of that oversized couch. If you have multiple pieces of furniture in the room, consider removing one or two pieces to make the room seem less crowded and more open. You may also want to move your furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of even more space.

5. Revitalize Your Mantle.

If you have a fireplace, you will be surprised at how much simply updating the mantle can do for the whole room. Although some projects can be costly, there are many DIY options that you may want to consider. Stick to light colors to make the space seem bigger. Let us know other ways you update your living areas. For more design tips, follow our blog.