How I Updated My Living Room in One Hour

Yesterday, I gave our living room a new look in just one hour. Want to know how I did it? Let’s start the clock:

  • It took me 10 minutes to drive to my nearest Freedom store.
  • I spent half an hour pretty much rearranging the store and playing with all their cushions until I decided on three that tickled my fancy.
  • I jumped in the car and made the 10 minute drive home.
  • I threw the new cushions on the couch, put the old ones in a bag for the op shop and was at the school gate in time to pick up Alfie and head out for a milkshake!

Changing your cushions is honestly the quickest – and cheapest – way to refresh your living room. Our original trio of cushions was on the softer side of things. Think pretty pinks and delicate patterns.




For something different, I decided to step things up with cushions that are bolder and more graphic. I restricted the palette to coral (which contrasts well with our navy sofa) and also played with texture by introducing a knit, which is perfect for the cooler months ahead.

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Shop The Look // Marcus Cushion, $39.95 // Willa Cushion, $39.95 // Marnie Cushion, $49.95


The right cushions can make a room feel complete, while a bad one – or even excess of good ones! – can throw everything off. Here are my three tips for getting it right:

  • Play mixmaster and layer patterns, prints and colours. While your cushions don’t need to match, the should relate in palette or style so that your room feels unified.
  • Contrasting textures create warmth and visual interest. For instance, a chunky knitted cushion works well with a leather sofa while a velvet cushion makes a handsome pair when it’s styled with a linen one.
  • You can have too much of a good thing! Don’t be tempted to over-crowd your sofa with too many cushions. Keep in mind the depth of your sofa as well as its length. And as a general rule of thumb, if you have to move some cushions off to sit comfortably, then you have too many!


What are your quick tips for giving your living room a new look?


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to visit Freedom and choose new cushions to update our living room. I only ever write about products that I love – and think you might too!
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