How to overhaul your living room - the Easter DIY project you can easily do this weekend

Bring your living room up to date with this interiors expert's ideas for quick refreshes you can do in a weekend

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Alexandria Dauley is the founder and interior designer behind Dauley Design, a London-based interior design studio. Working across various projects at once, Alexandria is a master when it comes to implementing decorating and design ideas in a timely fashion. Knowing how long it takes to create an idea or design feature from conception to completion is a vital tool in an interior designers skill set, so, who better to take living room ideas from when considering some achievable style ideas and updates for the Easter weekend?

Install an architectural-style wooden feature wall 

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Creating a focal point with a feature wall is something we are seeing more of lately, Alexandria says, ‘ why not try an on-trend and contemporary wood clad feature wall? It’s a surprisingly effective way of changing the architectural aesthetic of a living room! A wooden wall can instantly create a focal point and add texture and pattern to a space.’ says Alexandria. 

Relatively easy and inexpensive to achieve, this could be completed in a weekend and completely change the look and feel of your living room, it's also one of those small living room ideas that can work to make a little space feel cozy.

For a more classic approach, try a focal wall with wallpaper or paint

Tales Of Mythology Wallpaper, Mindthegap

Tales Of Mythology Wallpaper, Mindthegap

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Alternatively, textured wallpaper can work as effectively, and can be hung to give a living room a dramatic new aesthetic. 

Alexandria says 'Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add texture and interest to a space, I particularly love seagrass and linen papers which look like fabric on the walls and tend to age better than strong pattern or motif - the bolder the print, the more quickly you may tire of it, so keep this in mind!' says Alexandria. Remember, you’re just doing one wall, so it shouldn’t take up more than a day of work.

Artwork brings personality 

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‘Artwork can really transform a living room too, and can be achieved by hanging a canvas.’ says Alexandria, ‘no matter what your style is - neutral or maximalist - it can be a key feature and make a statement in a living room. Art is an excellent way to give a living room instant style points. It is so individual, so choosing the right piece can be a wonderful way to bounce personality into a space’, says Alexandria.

Finishing touches, that make all the difference 

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If you are really short on time, then remember there’s nothing more effective to bring in pops of colour, either coordinating or contrasting, with a mix of carefully selected scatter cushions for the seating space. Alexandria says, ‘scatter cushions are my go-to accessory to lift a space and also tie together a colour scheme and add a layer of softness. And, on a practical note, cushions do so much to soften a living room and make it comfortable, and inviting.’ says Alexandria. 

You can also bring additional colour (and improved indoor wellbeing) via natural plants. Beautiful, lush green tones are very becoming for a living room and oh-so simple and speedy to introduce.