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Upgrade your outdated living room in style

Do you step into your living room and feel like you’ve stepped back in time?

Do you occupy guests with snacks in the kitchen to distract them from your shabby sofa?

If your living room isn’t seeing much living lately, it’s time for an update. This room should be the place to get cozy, settle in, and catch up.

If your decor has some catching up to do, we are here to help. We’ve come up with a list of living room trends that are past their heyday, and fresh options to turn to instead!

Keep reading below to find your new living room style! 

Table Of Contents

  • Out: Cave-Like Den

  • In: Light, Bright Spaces

  • Out: Oversized Furniture

  • In: Pared Back Pieces

  • Out: Overused Patterns

  • In: Minimalism in Moderation

  • Out: Matchy Matchy

  • In: Eclectic Space

Colorful Dens


Out: The Cave-Like Den

Could there be a bear hibernating in your corner? Are you surrounded by dark walls, dark furniture and dark carpet?

The days of oppressive living rooms are over, and it’s time to lighten up.

Trade up from all dark decor, and bring in some light details to offset your favorite dark tones.

Do you have a mahogany chair you love? Highlight it with pale walls and pillows.

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In: Light, Bright Spaces

Living rooms should feel fresh, alive, and open. Let in the natural light by doing away with heavy drapes or window treatments.

Pale paper or bamboo blinds will still control the light come movie time. To make a small space feel larger, try a lighter shade of paint on the walls.

Painting wood paneling or low, dark ceilings white makes for an instant update.

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Out: Oversized Furniture

Does a hulking sectional in faux suede dominate your den?

Large, overstuffed pieces monopolize a living room and leave little room to breathe.

It’s time to donate these behemoths, and find pieces that effortlessly integrate into any space.

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In: Pared Back Pieces

Elegant couches abound, that are geared for comfort without overshadowing space.

Rather than square sofas that box out a room, opt for curved pieces with feet, to provide lift from the ground up.

Say goodbye to faux finishes, and choose natural wood and classic colors for timeless styles.

We love pared back styles still worthy of sinking in.

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Elegant Furniture 

Out: Overused Patterns

It’s time to gather up your chevrons, your quatrefoils, your herringbones, and toss them to the birds.

These patterns have seen wild popularity that morphed from perfect pops a few years back, to tired tunes we’ve heard a hundred times too often.

Now’s the time to clear them out for a fresh approach.

Related: Ring in Spring!

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In: Minimalism in Moderation

Banish the chevrons, but don’t feel trapped with head to toe white. Light tones and clean lines open a space, but are best highlighted by other interesting pieces.

To bring in pattern that plays well in a contemporary scene, focus on high quality. A beautiful oriental rug under a pared back couch adds classic charm with a modern feel.

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Minimalistic Furniture


Out: Matchy Matchy

Does your living room look like it was purchased with a single click?

Time to mix things up! Perfectly coordinated spaces are a thing of the past.

There’s no longer a need for everything to be one color, era, or style. Breathe life into your space with variety that reflects your personality.

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In: Eclectic Space

Fallen in love with a mid century modern sofa, but not sure if it will work with your antique end table? Try it!

Now is the time for unlikely pairings. Opt for individual pieces that still work together as a whole.

Seek balance through simplicity, first. With light walls and a classic couch, you can add in bohemian elements without running amuck.

With this approach, you can edit and refresh your outdated living room, adding new energy to the heart of your home. Here’s to bringing your living room back to life!


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