3 Ways To Shape Up Your Living Room

When it comes to advertising your property, no room makes an impact like the perfect living room. Being the first space a potential buyer sees upon entering the front door, it’s your chance to make their first impression a lasting one – for the right reasons. Home improvement shows on TV are abundant with radical transformation ideas that have the potential to cost you thousands, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple tricks you can use to give your home’s statement room the attention it deserves without breaking the bank. Shape up your living room and increase your potential sales return with these three simple transformation ideas:

  1. Dive into decorations

Decorating a living room can be as simple and as technical as you like; it’s your ticket to unlock the creative genius inside. Let the inspiration flow by trying the following tips for maximum results:

  • Consider changing the color, tone, texture, and application method of the paint on the walls; or perhaps wallpaper is more your style and suits the charm of your home.
  • Placing artwork in strategic positions on walls is also a great way to add a unique feel to a living room space.
  • Mirrors can be used to create a feeling of expansive space and are great at increasing light in dark rooms.

There’s many ways to shape up a living room, and decorating has to be one of the most versatile options there is. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out a home and lifestyle expo in your local area, or get in touch with a professional property agent. Chances are they have some great tips to pass on.

  1. Splash out on new furniture

Is your decor looking outdated? Maybe it’s time to consider new furniture to shape up your living room, adding a new flair to an existing space.

Furniture can prove to be an expensive exercise, but the investment will really pay off. Remember, there are some great secondhand furniture options available, so be sure to check your local paper, garage sales, and online marketplaces for deals if you’re on a budget. Aside from the usual furniture options such as lounge, sitting chairs, sofas, TV cabinets, etc., consider accessories to compliment the major furniture pieces as well; pillows and cushions, throw rugs, lamps, floor rugs, and even drink coasters and fruit bowls. Accessories such as these have the potential to brighten new and existing furniture pieces.

  1. Get creative and rearrange what you already have

The last, but certainly not the least effective way to shape up your living room is the simple and profound exercise of rearranging existing furniture.

How you position your furniture, no matter what it looks like, can make or break the way your living room is received by a potential buyer. If arranged incorrectly, your living room may feel cluttered, cramped, small, and generally unappealing to a buyer. Consider asking friends and professionals for an opinion, since, as a regular visitor, it’s possible you won’t even realise there’s a problem. In addition, you may want to consider:

  • Lighting – Introducing light into a space can create ambiance, increase perceived size, and generally ‘lighten’ the mood of your living room. Try table lamps, floor lamps, and even changing existing bulbs and fittings for ceiling lights you have installed.
  • Use lines – Arranging furniture in lines around your living room can help with traffic flow through the room and may increase space. Try different alignment combinations – parallel with a main wall, angled, right angles etc. – and see what works for your space.
  • Room centred vs. wall positioning – Arranging your furniture against a wall or in the middle of the room will give it a different look and feel. Likewise, you may be able to position furniture back-to-back or side-by-side to increase space and change traffic flow in your living room. There are many combinations you can try and all will give a different flavour to your transformation recipe.


Shaping up your living room for a successful inspection and, ultimately, a profitable sale needn’t be as daunting as the home renovation shows make out to be. Try any of the three tips mentioned above or talk to someone in the industry. A good property agent will have great suggestions based on market performance and the latest sales trends. Don’t be afraid to ask for a professional opinion when discussing a sale with your agent.

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