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Walking into the same room time and time again can feel like you are in a rut but giving your living room a quick update can feel refreshing and energizing. Read on for 7 ways to update the look of your living room. We bring you 7 tried and true ideas for liven up and updating a small or spacious living room with your budget and time in mind.

1. Never underestimate the power of a coat of fresh paint

There are a number of applications available today that allow you to virtually test different colors and looks before even picking up the paint roller. Take a cup of coffee to your computer this evening and do a quick search on the latest wall color trends and decide what you like. While you are on the computer, take a few minutes to find out how different color choices can affect your mood and focus then plan accordingly.

2. Consider adding texture to your room for a fresh, updated look

An updated look would give your small or spacious living room a clean, well-put-together feel, so adding texture to your paint job. You can do this yourself by using sponges and a lighter shade, a contrasting paint or stencils to give your living room walls some depth. Save yourself a ton of time by purchasing 3-D foam wall paper that is painted or plain. You can update the look of your fireplace in minutes with a faux brick wall.

3. Carpet cleaning is a budget-friendly way to freshen up your living room instantly

Spend some time clearing your living room floors and decluttering. Using a few laundry baskets, go through your space and look for items that do not belong there. Put those items in a basket to transfer to another room. Consider investing in a few area rugs to go with a simple color motif or pattern. Select one large area rug and a couple of smaller ones to make your space look more put together and welcoming.

4. Mirrors give a feeling of spaciousness to smaller living rooms

Update smaller areas to look more spacious when you use decorative mirrors sparingly. Depending on how big your living room is, consider hanging a single, medium-sized round, framed mirror above the fireplace or a set of small, framed mirrors to give depth. Frames add another burst of color and pattern to your space. There are also etched mirrors that have a pattern right on the glass.

5. Install shelves to make a space feel more welcoming and relaxing

Shelves help you keep clean and clear for a relaxing space. These fixtures can be re-purposed from old furniture pieces, like desks or cabinets. Updating your living room does not mean sacrificing your own style with boring shelves. Paint each piece a vibrant color or a neutral tone to compliment wall color. You can find inexpensive shelving units and tools for installing for a low price online.

6. Inexpensive accents give a burst of color and functionality

Use accent pillows and throws to give your space a warm feeling for your family and guests. Clean all floors then choose just a few accent pillows that match your furniture and compliment your overall color scheme. Throws are also a wonderful way to stay warm while enjoying a relaxing family movie night and give a fresh look to large or small living room spaces.

7. Store items out of sight

You can find a few pieces of furniture with a lot of storage potential at second hand stores or yard sales for up to 90% off the original price. This idea works well especially in a space with clean floors because you want to achieve a calm, uncluttered living area. Some people repurpose furniture to make their space feel more soothing and ensure plenty of out-of-sight storage solutions for their busy family members while keeping floors clear and clean. For example, furniture can be refinished into a desk and hutch and storage space.

Don't give dipping into your savings account or taking time off from the activities you love to decorate your living room another thought. Start clearing the area, clean all floors then list the inexpensive items your project needs.