5 Living Room Makeover Ideas

You spend most of your time at home in your living room, either entertaining guests or catching up on your favourite Netflix shows. It’s the most frequently used space in your home, so it needs to look good and stand up well to various activities. 

Living room makeovers may seem like an overwhelming endeavour, but it’s important if you want a space that’s not only liveable but visually impresses your guests as well. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune either.

To help you out, we’ll share some living room makeover ideas below to help you design a space that’s both gorgeous and functional!

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_White, modern open space with wooden furniture set1. Free up some space

The number 1 rule before starting any form of home makeover is to free up some space first! 

Having enough space for moving around in the living room makes for an organised, clutter-free home. You’ll have extra space for entertaining guests, too!

How you arrange your furniture and other decorative pieces plays a crucial role in the flow of your living room. 

Rather than pushing them up against the walls, consider floating some of them. This will free up some space and make your living room look larger and more spacious.

The “less is more” mantra works for most types of homes too, especially for small apartments. Not only should you pare down your furniture, but you should also be practical and conservative with your decor.

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When it comes to decorating living rooms, it’s crucial to do some furniture inventory and be honest about whether some still fit in your space. 

You might need to let go of some pieces such as that old sofa you’ve been holding on to for years or that decades-old, wonky living room chair. 

The right furniture pieces can make or break your living room decor, so we should learn to accept that some might not probably work with the living room that we dream of building. 

Because sometimes, creating a stylish living room involves only a few furnishings. You can never go wrong with furnishings with high-impact fabrics and eye-catching silhouettes. 

Apart from the essentials such as the sofa, centre table, and floor lamps, you’ll only need a few more dramatic elements to create a statement. A striking piece of art or a colourful rug are your best bets.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Living room interior with comfortable sofa and stylish rug, above view3. Spruce it up with living room rugs

Area rugs are a wonderful addition to any room, but they can be tricky to buy if you don’t know what you need. 

When it comes to living room rugs, try to find one that’s big enough to fit all your existing furniture. Make sure to keep about 25-50 cm of bare floor between the rug’s edges and the living room walls. 

If you don’t know how big of a rug to get for your living room, measuring its dimensions always works! Keep in mind that when a rug is too small for a space, it will make everything look disjointed. 

These days, you can even layer different area rugs to add more texture and build more depth. Adding the right living room rug will effortlessly change the appearance of your room and anchor existing furniture and decor.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Travertine house_ View on bright,unusual living room4. Get the lighting right

You need to get the lighting right for your living room to have a relaxing and welcoming ambience!

To make this happen, you may need a mixture of table and floor lamps and an overhead chandelier, strategically positioned across the living room. 

Lighting can be quite tricky. Before purchasing any lighting, make sure to have an overall idea of how you want your living room arranged. 

Here’s a tip: use a statement lamp with minimal lighting for your side or centre table and a floor lamp with different lighting that goes beside your sofa. This will make your living room look more intriguing, especially to visitors. 

When artificial lighting fails, you always have natural lighting! Playing around with natural light is sometimes as easy as ditching those blackout curtains in exchange for sheer draperies or blinds.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Wooden table in vintage living room interior with cabinet between sofa and armchair5. Bring in some lush greenery

Plants are the best, no-fail ornaments when you’re thinking of redoing your living room. However, with so many plants out there, how do we know which one to choose?

For starters, small plants make perfect living room decorations. Not only are they easy to decorate with, but they’re also low-maintenance and easy to care for, which is great news for those who have never taken care of an indoor plant before. 

Here’s another tip: when you’re propagating new plants, keep them in bowls or glass vases. That way, you can showcase your new growth on your shelves or side or centre tables.


It’s normal to feel a bit intimidated about decorating your living room, especially if you haven’t done any room makeover in the past. 

There’s no shortcut when it comes to living room makeovers, so expect that there will be lots of trials and errors. But as long as you know what you want, then you’re already on the right path to achieving your dream living room. 

If you’re looking to spruce up your home or redecorate your living with an area rug, we offer customised and bespoke rugs. We can even offer you more home decor tips along the way too!