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10 ways to update your living room

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Updating your living room or lounge is a great way to showcase your personal sense of style and make the space more functional for relaxing and entertaining.


From painting walls to building furniture, Bunnings Workshop members have shared many ways to make their living rooms more inviting and comfortable. Get inspired by the examples below and let us know if you have any questions.


1. Make a feature wall


A feature wall is a great way to add interest to your living room. Pete (@ProjectPete) transformed a plain brick wall in his living room into a gorgeous feature using EasyVJ panels.


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Get more inspiration from 3 ways to create a feature wall5 feature walls with wainscoting and 10 ways to decorate a wall.


2. Create privacy


Adding privacy to your living room allows you to relax and entertain in comfort. Josh (@Jwyatt)'s Pine barn door partitions a living area, adding privacy while providing shade from the afternoon sun. Installing curtains or blinds in your living room is also a great idea.



Don’t miss these 6 ways to add privacy to your home.


3. Upgrade furniture

Adding, upcycling or replacing furniture can be a quick and easy way to refresh your living room. Mariana (@lifestylebymariupcycled an old coffee table by sanding it back to its original colour and adding leather handles.


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Find more related ideas in 8 ways to make a coffee table and Top 10 most popular indoor furniture projects.


4. Hang your television

Make your living room more spacious and modern by mounting your television on a wall. Matt (@mattham)'s D.I.Y. entertainment unit uses laminated Pine panels to provide a television mount – a neat solution for those living in rentals.


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Check out step-by-step instructions shared by the Bunnings team in How to install a TV wall mount.


5. Reorganise


Decluttering and re-organising your living room can make it look more presentable. Ben (@Benskimo)'s custom mid-century shelving unit is great for showcasing and organising items. You can change the size and layout to suit your needs. 


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The Bunnings team has shared a step-by-step guide to constructing a D.I.Y. cube storage unit.


6. Add greenery

Plant stands are an effective way to display potted plants. Jo (@joineryjo)'s stylish timber plant stands are easy to make and can add a striking design element to your living room.


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Experienced Workshop member Joe (@JoeAzza) shares step-by-step instructions in How to build a planter stand.

7. Update the flooring


Revamped floors can make a huge difference in any living room. Community member @RAW created a practical and attractive new lounge room floor by installing Smart Home Products waterproof hybrid planks.


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Get more clever ideas with these 5 ways to revamp your floors.


8. Install new lighting


Lighting is great for creating ambience and can dramatically transform the look and feel of your living room. Sandra (@sandy_d) repurposed wooden slats from old Venetian blinds to create a D.I.Y. pendant light fitting.




Check out handy tips in the Bunnings guide Choosing the right interior light.


9. Paint the room


Transform your living room with a fresh coat of paint. While giving his living room a makeover, Rufaro (@diy_hausdesigns) painted the walls, trims and ceiling to make the space look brighter.


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Learn how to paint like a professional in this step-by-step guide by experienced Workshop member Rob (@Peggers).


10. Add accessories or decor


Make your living room more stylish and functional by adding accessories like trays and cushions. Garima (@igarimasingh)'s extra large ottoman tray for living room is a great example. 


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Have a look at these 10 ways to prepare your house for a party for more ideas on how to dress up your home for entertaining.


Need more help with refreshing your living room?


The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with more inspiration and advice for refreshing your living room. Don’t hesitate to start a discussion and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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