8 Ways to Update Your Living Room

Transform your living room with thoughtful details that offer a big impact.
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Add Modern Lighting

Glass and metal are iconic materials in modern design. Create flair with a geometric light fixture and use abstract patterns for a touch of personality. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Give Your Room Natural Style

Refinish or install hardwood floors or add wood-paneled walls with a neutral stain to allow the grain of the wood to shine.

Install Paneling (No, really)

Get an instant dose of charm with butt-board paneling. White paint adds to the farmhouse vibe. Photo courtesy of Cedia

Create Architectural Details

Wainscoting, trim and crown molding add dimension to the walls in a formal living room or den.

Bring in a Branch

This modest wood mantel becomes a focal point with the addition of a tree branch in a colorful vase. Design by SPG Architects

Update the Ceiling

A coffered ceiling adds elegance and architectural detail to a family room. It's a great way to incorporate ambient lighting in the form of recessed can lights. Photo courtesy of Cedia

Lay Tile

Instead of wood floors, consider terra-cotta tile flooring. It brings warm color and a Mediterranean style note to your room. Design by Ashley Astleford

Choose a Soothing Color Palette

HGTV Design Star host David Bromstad uses a blue-and-white color palette to set the tone for a beach-inspired living room.

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