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    35 Small Tips To Make Your Living Room Look So Much Better

    Curtain-hanging pointers, a backlight for your TV, and more stuff to make your binge-watching cave not look like a cave.

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    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

    Promising review: "Nice size for a walk hanging. It's easy to hang, I use small hooks to hold it up. Looks great in my boho guest room." —Caleb

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79+ (available in two styles).

    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.")


    We all have that stack of leaning framed art we just haven't gotten around to hanging just yet. This tool helps you measure your wall art that needs hanging and then measure out the perfect place to install hardware.

    Promising review: "This makes picture-hanging a breeze. I would have paid twice what I paid for it. Look at what I was able to hang. The tops, bottoms, and sides align." —Scott Sheppard

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six sizes).

    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!,

    Promising review: "So easy to set up! All you do is peel tape and adhere to a CLEAN and DRY door. Also looks great, I don't even notice it. I had a huge gap under my door. I could smell and hear everything from the hallway. Smells, drafts, and sound all are less of an issue now." —Brit B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    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

    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.95.

    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

    Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." —Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    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.


    Some reviewers note that they're way easier to hang up if you leave the strings tied, then untie them once you have the lights mounted where you want them.

    Promising review: "It's been a couple of years since I've had these but THEY ARE GREAT. I bought the curtain and lights separately and used it to create an accent wall in my teeny tiny NYC apartment. I got tons of compliments on them and it was SO easy to set up. I just used thumbtacks to place it into the wall (probably not the best idea but hey, it worked)." —katrinaforreal

    Get them from Amazon: 300 LED light curtain for $17.99 and sheer curtains for $10.99+ (available in several colors and lengths)

    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

    Promising review: "So I got mine and quickly fell in love with it. I clip my pics on them and hang these lights on my walls. I turn off all my lights and let these clip lights illuminate those memories I've had stored on paper. It felt warm, and the lights are just right that it doesn't saturate or desaturate my pics. Plus they look great! Pictures hold great. I'll be ordering more in the future since my picture collections are getting bigger ♡" —GoPackGo

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three lengths and in warm white or yellow).

    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.

    Promising review: "Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!" —Noname

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

    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

    Plus, if you can size down throw pillow case covers for a super stuffed, luxe look... even if you've been using that same pillow insert since you were in the dorm.

    Promising review: "Simple and elegant cushion covers! They feel so soft. I purchased the jam color which is like a rose gold and black. Worth every penny. I’m going to order more for my bedroom. Great buy!" —Janelle

    Get two from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in seven sizes and styles, and 31 colors; also available in single pillow covers).

    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

    Promising review: "Soft and substantial blanket. The larger size was big enough for its intended purpose of protecting my couch seat from the dogs. I got the yellow, and would describe it as bright sunflower yellow... not mustard or butter. It's cheerful and makes a nice pop of color against my blue couch. The pompons give it some exotic flair that's not too over-the-top. I washed and dried it once on low heat, and didn't see any shrinking, though some caution against shrinking of the trim is probably warranted. If you have the room to line dry it, that would be better (I don't)." —Samantha in Seattle

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 4 sizes and 14 colors).

    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

    Promising review: "I actually love this more than I thought I would! It's soo soft and serves multiple purposes. I bought it to drape over a chair in my study area and to use on the floor for when I take pictures of my outfits in front of my mirrored closet doors. I now drape it over my bed in the morning after I make it as well. My step son is autistic and he loves the soft feel of this rug and loves wrapping it around him. It has shed slightly but not more than expected. Great value also." —Caity

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in a five colors).

    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

    I've seen this beaut IRL and dogs seem to really adore them. Also my former dog roommate really loved a similar faux-fur blanket we had on the couch. As for that machine-washable part, the furry part zips off and you can wash it. AND the liner within is memory-foam and guaranteed not to flatten for 10 years.

    Get it from for $199. And check out more of the luxe-looking home goods designed for your dog's lounging.

    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!,

    Reviewers note that using this may darken the leather, so keep that in mind!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch, instead using of the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth." —Kristie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    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.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! " —Behold Behold!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    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!


    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous home owner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well." —Shane

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    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

    Get it from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in a variety of colors and sizes).

    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.

    Promising review: "My baby niece Sharpied my orange suede couch. Didn’t think it would ever come out. This stuff is amazing." —levi schofield

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    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!

    Promising review: "Our poor older pup started having some incontinence issues and had several accidents in the house. I was really frustrated until I found these. They work amazingly well. They're small, so if the area was larger I had to use two or three, but they pulled up stains and saved the house from being smelly. I even used one on an older stain (that I'm pretty sure wasn't pet related) and it came up after leaving it on for about 24 hours. I make sure to keep a supply of these in the house at all times now." —MC

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    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

    Get it from Pottery Barn for $24 or a similar one from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in 22 colors).

    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!


    Promising review: "Easy to install. Lights provide ample lighting; USB allows lights to be a stand-alone fixture without tying up another wall socket. The USB interface also acts to turn the lights on and off with the TV. Backlighting also seems to make the screen seem sharper." —Shaun

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available eight sizes/styles).

    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

    Includes 133 total, with 106 brown and 27 beige in various sizes.

    Promising review: "Sticks well to furniture surfaces. Cost effective solution to avoid the screeching sounds and save your flooring materials." —Prajwal

    Get them from Amazon for $11.91.

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

    Promising review: "My partner and I recently bought a 140-year-old home with original wood floors and wood work throughout. We had the floors refinished to their original beauty, but the baseboards and stair risers were a challenge. They were pretty banged up over years of use, and, after the floors were redone, all the nicks and scratches just stood out that much more. Our floor guy tried staining them, but it wouldn't take. The floors themselves took nine coats of stain because they were so old. The painter tried using pens from a well known paint company, but they didn't work either. My partner found these and showed them to me. To our delight the pens worked incredibly well. It's like a magic marker for wood. I'm still amazed how well they worked. I ordered two more packages because I didn't want to run out. The pens last a long time. Our painter came back to do some minor touch ups, and I showed him what I used. He couldn't believe it. He said he was going to buy them to keep in his arsenal, lol! I Love this product. Thank you so much for making them!" —Kathleen W

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in several size packs).

    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.


    Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

    Promising review: "I'm not able to sand and stain my floors until spring but they are so dry and worn. I bought this hoping to keep them moisturized until we can refinish and I am amazed with this product." —nicole feather

    Get it from Amazon for $15.41.

    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

    Promising review: "Great storage bin. I didn't believe you can sit on it and still be sturdy but it really is. It doesn't feel like it's going to break. The kids' slime jars and other stuff fit to hide it out of view. Fit under a desk and we pull it out as needed for extra seating when their friends come over." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.92+ (available in two colors and three sizes).

    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

    Promising review: "We love our coffee table! We just got some new furniture and this was the last piece we wanted/needed. It is sturdy, sleek, and beautiful. It was easy to assemble, and is well made." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $147.99+ (available in three colors).

    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!


    Alsooo if you have an oddly shaped living room you can find some stylish solace in these.

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in a set of three and two sizes).

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $93.98. And check out a similar cheaper option.

    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.)


    Promising review: "If you’re looking for style look no further. I got this tray to compliment my bedroom and hold things on my bed when I’m laying in it. It is lightweight and the colors are shiny. I just love it and I’m sure you will too! I bought another one for my daughter's room. She loves it!" —AJ Mendez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight colors).

    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 / BuzzFeed

    That is my nightstand. I love this thing! Plus I've been known to hide a tissue box because, let's be honest, they're all ugly. I've been on the receiving end of some snotty payback as a result. No more! Also I know it's a very small thing but it makes me very happy.

    Promising review: "Since I am a broke 31-year-old this was the only house I can afford. Plus it helps hide the tissues I use to cry in every night." —Lizbanta

    Get it from Amazon for $5.75+ (also available in blue).

    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

    Get them Amazon for $169.99+ (also available in white).

    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

    Promising review: "I am in love with this mirror! It looks so pretty in my room. Just the right shade of gold. It’s not very heavy, so mounting to the wall was a breeze." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.82.

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

    rug in living room
    Boutique Rugs

    All the furniture legs should be OFF or ON the rug for a living room.

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $33.14+ (available in a variety of sizes). And check out *lots* more rug styles, price points on Boutique Rugs here.

    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

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $749.

    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

    Get it from Wayfair for $76.99.

    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.


    Includes everything you need to whitewash a range of brick colors. Designed specifically for brick and should NOT be used over ceramic glazed or coated masonry. The paint is water-based and coated surfaces will not allow for absorption.

    Promising review: "Love it, easy to use and very clear instructions. I used the ration for thicker coverage I did not want too much of brick showing through. Great quality and everything you need comes in the box kit. Worth it for me. Rags included as well as a great quality brush even the plastic tarp and painters tape. Perfect kit to get my project done!" —Erini

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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