5 Impressive Ways to Dress Up a Living Room

wood floors in front of a fire place that needs to be protected from high humidity“This room needs something. I just don’t know what.” Your living room is the focal point of your home. It’s where your friends and family gather. It’s the location of many family memories. In most homes, a living room is one of the first rooms guests see when they walk in the door.

But if it’s lacking that “something” that would put it over the edge and create a good first impression, use one of these décor ideas that can give your room the character, visual interest, or pop that makes it a room you can be proud of.


Window shades are an often-overlooked décor idea (unless the sun is a problem). Window treatments can add visual interest and function to any living room while still playing off existing living room decor. A beautiful shade paired with a patterned drape or curtain can add the character and visual interest to any living room, plus it protects the floors and furniture from fading.

an area rug being made at Y's Way

Area Rug

An area rug can anchor a room and tie all the elements of a room together. It can add visual interest to a neutral décor or coordinate all the colors of a room. Area rugs can also serve as a functional piece; area rugs can protect flooring from spills and heavy foot traffic. If an area rug is the perfect addition to your living room, make sure you ask the flooring pros if any mats need to be used to protect the floor. To get the right style, order a custom rug made specifically for the living room (in the right size, colors and pattern-use these tips to choose the right rug).


Shutters are more than just a way to keep the sun out of a room. These upscale décor elements can be the final touch that upgrades the décor, and can even add value to a home.

Hardwood Floors

open shutters installed in a Wisconsin homeNothing adds warmth and beauty to a space like hardwood floors. These classic floors are also the showstopper that capture guests’ attention and generate comments. Today’s wood floors also come in a variety of styles and colors that can complement existing décor and furniture (check out these beautiful styles to see the beauty of wood).

Crown Molding

There are a variety of crown moldings styles that give a living room a finished look. Depending on the style chosen, a crown molding can add to the traditional flare or vintage character of a home. For a coordinated and seamless look, choose a crown molding that matches the décor style and existing trim color.