Vivan white curtains in the living room

Photo: Sherry and John Petersik/Young House Love

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The Most Overlooked Way to Revitalize Your Living Room
Paint gets all the glory for transforming the way a room looks, but there's an even cheaper—and cleaner—way to create a major impact. Sherry and John recommend taking a good, hard look at your windows. For just $10, you can buy two Vivan curtains from Ikea (if you prefer a classic look) or use two canvas-like drop cloths (if your style skews rustic). Hang them about 18 inches wider than the window and about 4 inches below the ceiling to make your windows look supersized, Sherry says.