1. Rearrange the Furniture– Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at intriguing angles. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider.
2. Paint A Wall– Paint one wall your favorite color and make it the focal point. Here at ATLAS LOFTS, we offer you a complimentary accent wall. So let us know if you want us to paint it! Hang interesting art on that wall and move a nice piece of furniture there.
3. Bring in Plants– Greenery always adds a breath of fresh air to a room. If you don’t have a green thumb, try silk plants and trees. The quality has gotten so good that it’s hard to distinguish them from the real thing.
4. Lay An Area Rug– An area rug is a wonderful way of defining a conversation area. Try one that complements the room. Lay it at an angle beneath your coffee table.
5. Hang Pictures or a Mirror– Hang pictures that reflect your personality. Try frames that are more ornate. When hanging a mirror, try and position it so that it reflects a nice view or an interesting architectural element.
6. Group Figurines– Pull out your favorite collectibles. Show off your personality. Find a display area and group related objects together, in sets of three or five. Try to vary the shapes.
7. Add Decorative Pillows– The good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Still better, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover.
8. Replace Lamps– Lamps are probably the one thing in your apartment that will give others a clue that your room is outdated. Trust us, your great-grandmother’s heirloom lamp could use a little TLC or updating. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement.
9. Add a Throw or Afghan– Similar to decorative pillows, throws and Afghans add texture to your furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and man made fabrics. Find a pattern and style that you like.
10. Eliminate Clutter– Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.
-source: paraphrased from living.apartments.com. Author credit: Michael Holland