35 Small Tips To Make Your Living Room Look Better

1. Hang up a tapestry (or something more substantial than a poster or print) that’ll skim over any dents, unsightly utility panel doors, scuffs, or other marks that distract from your aesthetic.

natural rope macrame wall hanging with tassels

2. Invest in a hanging frame helper so you can finally get all your wall art up and make it feel like home without eyeballing it. (You can only lean so many frames prints against the wall as a “look.”)

the hanging frame helper
reviewer's pic of gallery wall of various sized framed items using the hanger

3. If you have an exterior door leading into your living area, swap out one of those weird long pillows (sorry!) for a ~streamlined~ door draft stopper to keep fall gusts from coming in under the door. It’ll just look like a natural part of your door so other decor design choices (like that cute welcome mat) can shine!

reviewer pic of white door with barely noticeable door draft stopper at the bottom
reviewer's close up of white door draft stopper on the bottom of the door

4. Tuck stray cords outta the way with cable clip organizers because there’s no need to see OR trip over the video game console cord every time you walk by your entertainment center.

close up of mountable cable clips

5. While we’re on the subject of cords, mask an unsightly power strip in a sleek (but ventilated!) box that’ll also keep kids and pets outta there. TBH, I need one of these in MY living room.

before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

6. Layer some lighted curtains with sheer curtains for an ethereal look in your indoor oasis. Your living space is about to look straight-up magical.

curtain of string lights layered with sheer curtain
reviewer pic of lighted curtains on an A-frame ceiling in an attic bedroom

7. Or hang up a fairy light photo display with lil’ clips so you can easily swap out the photos as you please. It’ll create a lovely feature and help add another light source (every room needs three!), which will be especially welcome if you live in a place that has no ceiling light!

string lights with polaroid pics clipped onto them above a bed

8. Hang up a set of room-darkening velvet curtains (with the rod ABOVE the window frame) for a super dramatic look. And make sure you measure the curtains correctly so you can get a glam floor-skimming look that draws the eye upward.

A customer review photo of the velvet curtains in dark slate.
A customer review photo of the velvet curtains in dark slate.

9. Cozy up your spot on the couch with some velvet throw pillow covers that’ll also help distract from how, TBH, you could really use a new sofa.

couch with several velvet throw pillows on it

10. And toss a punchy throw blanket with some pom-pom trim over your lackluster couch or chair to draw attention away from the fact that, wow, it’s seen better days.

yellow blanket with pom pom trim on it thrown over a beige couch

11. Or if you are extremely glamorous, take a similar approach with a faux-sheepskin rug to throw on a chair seriously lacking in comfort, at the foot of your couch, or in a number of spots!

white faux sheepskin rug on a wicker armchair

12. While we’re talking about faux-fur luxury, swap to an undercover dog bed for your furry lil’ angel who gets to do what you’d like to do, lounge around all day while someone else works for the chow. At least with this, you’ll have a luxe-looking, machine-washable surface they won’t get in trouble for drooling all over.

dog laying on faux sheepskin dog bed that looks like a nice rug

13. Use a bottle of leather conditioner to revive your leather goods *even* as large as a leather couch! Welcome to your next project while you catch up on the latest ep of your fave true-crime podcast!

reviewer's before and after pic of red worn couch that looks drastically better after applying the leather conditioner.
reviewer's ankle boots with one looking worn, then the other looking moisturized and like new with the leather conditioner

14. Cover up dings and discoloration on door frames and molding you can see outta the corner of your eye as you watch TV with some wood scratch cover so everything will blend in like normal. Also, it requires no sanding or refinishing! Cue to you on the prowl for more wood surfaces you can fix up.

reviewer's before pic of door frame with worn away finish
reviewer's after pic of door frame with a fixed finish that looks normal

15. And hide smaller scratches on your fave furniture with a set of wood repair markers. We love a repair instead of a replacement product!

the markers
before and after pic of scratched furniture leg and made over furniture leg

16. Tidy up a modem-y mess by hiding it behind a bookish disguise as a decorative touch that’s more useful than anyone could expect.

before pic of modems out in the open and then after pic of row of faux books hiding the modem
Covogoods / Etsy

17. Erase the likes of spills, wine, and even Sharpie marker(!!!) with this powerful stain remover. As you can see, it even works on suede furniture.

reviewer pic of brown suede couch with black sharpie marks on it
reviewer pic of brown suede couch cleaned with the cleaner

18. Or stomp your way to pristine carpets (OK stain-less, maybe not pristine) with some stain-lifting pads made to tackle icky pet stains. You simply throw down a pad, step on it to activate its ~powers~, then check back later to see the results!

reviewer's before pic of stained carpet
same reviewer's pic of a fading stain on carpet
same reviewer's after pic of stainless carpet

19. Distract from an unsightly lighting chain or cord with an electrical cord cover that’ll look like it’s just part of the decor.

chandelier with neutral cover over the light fixture's chain that's hanging from the ceiling
Pottery Barn

20. Bring some ambient lighting to your entertainment focal point with a USB-powered LED light strip you attach to the back of your TV. Plus! Reviewers say it even makes the picture look sharper!

A TV with soft ambient light because of the LEF light strip.
The back of a TV with the LED light strip.

21. Keep your floors in tip-top shape (and prevent some nails-on-chalkboard scrapes) by putting furniture protectors on furniture legs. Any year you can avoid refinishing your floors is a GREAT year.

showing how you can't see the furniture protectors on a chair leg

22. Repair chips, dents, cracks, and other eyesores with a set of 50 wood fillers. Dog scratched up your hardwood living room floors? NBD.

A reviewer's hardwood floor with many scratches made by their child repeatedly jumping on a bed, causing the legs to constantly scratch the floor
The same reviewer's hardwood floor with no visible scratch marks unless you look extremely close

23. Revive wood surfaces that need a whole makeover with wood polish and conditioner. Don’t replace your coffee table! Give it a facelift with this.

the bottle of polish
reviewer pic of half the floor worn out, half the floor looking moisturized and good

24. Store toys and any other items with the flick of a wrist in this collapsible storage ottoman in case you need to clear a play area ASAP.

person putting toys into a storage ottoman

25. Opt for a gorgeous coffee table you’ll want to keep clear. Plus it has a nice extra storage area down below.

gray sculptural coffee table in living room

26. Buy yourself (literally) some extra book storage space with these floating bookshelves as straight-up compliment bait. Sometimes another bookcase can feel a bit crowded. These won’t!

showing the book how it fits onto the book shelf bracket
reviewer pic of three of the shelves installed with colorful books in place

27. Or if that corner would make a great storage spot but, well, it’s an awkward corner, this corner shelf can work for you without making your space feel too cramped.

corner shelf with five tiers tucked into a corner in a living room

28. *Artfully* corral items on your coffee table with a decorative tray that’ll make it look perfectly styled — even if the other thing on the coffee table is an open pizza box serving as your dinner plate. (We’ve all been there, I vacation there often.)

The decorative tray on a table with decor neatly arranged on top of it.
The decorative tray on a side table with decor neatly arranged on top of it.

29. Turn a sniffle helper into a design op with a minimalist tissue box cover that’ll won’t mess up your interior aesthetic. You may be residing in an apartment rn but who said you’d never own a house?

house-shaped white square tissue box cover on a stack of books
Elizabeth Lilly 

30. Switch up your end table game with a chic trunk set that’ll also help you stash tons of throw blankets. Y’know, the ones that are the COZIEST but look like a cat gave birth on them despite going through the wash a million times.

stack of three blush storage trunks with gold tone hardware used as a night stand

31. Hang up an accent wall mirror on a wall adjacent to a window to help capture natural light and make your room look bigger, brighter.

sunburst style mirror on wall

32. Measure once, twice, even three times to make sure your area rug fits the room.

rug in living room
Boutique Rugs

33. Spring for a showstopping bookshelf if your place, unfortunately, doesn’t have good bones. This one in particular creates the look of cool built-in storage (a dream feature)!

bookshelf with oddly shaped nooks for interesting look
Urban Outfitters

34. Zhuzh up a non-working (or working but dirty) fireplace with a gorgeous fireplace screen. Styles run the gamut and you can even snag some vintage ones!

fireplace with the screen in front of it

35. If you’re going for extra credit, try out a fireplace whitewashing kit for a transformation on the cheap. Don’t even LOOK up how much it’ll cost you for a new fireplace surround. Trust me.

before pic of red brick fireplace
after pic of brick fireplace with whitewash finish for a gray look

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