4 Easy Ways To Dress Up Your Living Room

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Living in a small Bondi apartment, I am always looking for ways to dress up my space to keep it feeling & looking fresh.

I recently revamped my living room and I couldn't be happier. The space feels relaxing enough to sit down & eat dinner with my boyfriend over a red wine, yet inspiring enough to keep me motivated on my days that I work from home. 

Below are the 4 easy things I changed to dress up the space

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1. I INVESTED IN A NEW COUCH

When you have a really small space your furniture becomes the 'base' of the whole room. And from there you build it up one piece at a time.

I have always wanted a fresh ivory couch that boasted both style & function, and I finally found one from Lounge Lovers. Changing my couch from grey to ivory has lifted the space instantly and allowed the room to feel more spacious & refreshing. And it's a piece worth investing in - considering the amount of time most people spend in their living rooms! 

2. I UPDATED MY ARTWORK

Changing up your artwork can instantly dress up your living room and it's also a more affordable aspect to change more frequently!

I recently purchased a large Dina Broadhurst print that can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall! I love adding newness through prints & always go for a mix of typography & photographs (with my graphic design background).

TIP: If you're renting an apartment and are worried that you cannot fix frames onto the walls - invest in some 3M hooks - these are absolute life savers when it comes to protecting your walls. 

3. I ADDED NEW TEXTURES TO THE SPACE

Once you have your new 'base' furniture in place you can really start to dress up the space with prints & textures. I invested in a beautiful sheepskin throw from Wilson & Dorset in NZ that hugs my new couch perfectly but is also able to be placed as a rug or throw on my chairs. It's something that will never date & ill keep forever moving it from room to room, space to space! 

I also purchased a new rug. I'm not going to lie, I  was obsessed with the Moroccan rug that everyone has, but decided to go for a mottled monochrome rug that has more textured and lifted my living room area a bit more. 

Take your time and don't rush your purchases! Less is more.

4. I ADDED A NEW PLANT OR THREE!

I always think it's important to add a touch of greenery to a small space. I don't know what it is but it always brings a fresh & relaxing element to the room. My go-to's for inside are a Fiddle Leaf Fig, Peace Lily & Mother in Law's Tongue.

TIP: With all of these indoor plants it's important to keep them hydrated weekly & also to spritz them with water on their leaves too. 

All these little details definitely took the space to the next level - making it feel like a completely new space. Bliss!  

Photography by Hannah Roche