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5 Living Room Upgrades that You Can Do

Interior designers Leslie Ledesma and Peaches de Guzman-Grey share easy tricks to give your space a new look


It is in the living room where we spend quality time with the family and where guests can stay during casual get-togethers. Sprucing it up need not be expensive as there are budget-friendly ideas that can instantly freshen up your home’s vibe. Interior designers Leslie Ledesma and Peaches de Guzman-Grey share a couple of tips that you can do over the weekend.

Main photo by Jun Pinzon.

Update your tablescapes.

Create a focal point in the living area by updating the décor on your table. “The easiest and quickest thing to upgrade in your living area are the décor on your center and side tables,” shares Peaches.

Be creative when it comes to adding pieces. Accessorize using fresh flowers, candles, diffusers, coffee table books, picture frames, and quirky pieces that will catch the attention of guests. Remember to play with height, texture, and color for added interest.

Replace soft furnishings.

Giving your space a new look doesn’t always mean buying new furniture. Work with a budget in mind and start by having new throw pillows and curtains. “You could be a little playful by mixing and matching pillows. Make sure that there’s a unifying factor when you do this. Look for the dominant color in your living area and play with it. If, for example, you have a still life painting with orange and yellow flowers, you can look for off the rack pillows with orange and yellow patterns,” Peaches says.

Meanwhile, Leslie suggests replacing your curtains. Play around with many window finishes to create a certain mood or look. “Choose light sheer curtain instead to let more natural light in. You may combine this with side drapes in thicker material with print or textured fabric or roller shades. It’s very easy to maintain and use at home,” Leslie explains.

She also suggests adding rugs that can help improve the overall vibe of the area. It creates depth that increases the size of your space.

Breathe new life into old pieces.

Check your furniture and see which ones need repair. Reupholstering pieces is a budget-friendly way of updating your precious pieces. Peaches shares that there are hundreds of nice fabrics that you can choose from. Look for those that are easy to maintain and timeless design.

Moreover, Leslie suggests upcycling old furniture to give it an updated look. Aside from this, she also shares that having slip covers for the furniture will protect it from dirt and stains. “Don’t forget to have your wooden pieces re-varnished as well,” she adds.

Work on your walls.

Peaches suggests hanging art works and displaying framed photos. “Just make sure that you hang it on eye level so guests can fully appreciate the pieces,” she shares.

If you want to work with paint, Leslie recommends accent colors such as rust, red, or mocha. “For a textured effect, you may also add a wood lattice lit by LED lights or you may also incorporate bricks and stones, if your budget allows.”

Consider changing your lighting fixtures.

Having the right lighting fixtures can help improve the mood of any space. Both Peaches and Leslie suggest the use of warm white light. “If you are using daylight bulbs for your general lighting, mix it with warm white on your lamps,” Peaches adds.

Leslie advises using drop lighting and cove lighting as these help make the living area more lively and warm. “A LED pin light below can affect the spread of light. Consider adding a chandelier as well,” she shares.

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