by Yamini Mudaliar for Networx
Having the best furniture and accessories does not always create an interesting space. Over time, even a room full of expensive furniture and accessories will start to look unappealing. A living room needs to be spruced up now and then to give it freshness, and to keep that element of surprise in your life. Sprucing up a room can be done in many ways, but here are a few tips that are easy on your pockets (and on the Earth) and will have your guests talking:
1. Reorganize the Placement of Your Furniture ($0)
The easiest part of sprucing a room that does not involve spending is reorganization. In other words, simply placing furniture in different locations in the room will drastically change the look. Adding or removing a chair, or replacing an accent chair with a love seat, adds an element of surprise.
Try something different every time. Here are some ideas:
- Instead of placing your area rug parallel to the wall, place it at an angle and see how the drama unfolds.
- Swap an area rug with a smaller rug from another room, or remove a rug to show off your hardwood floor.
- Move accessories, like vases and throw pillows, from a study or bedroom into your living room. Change the placement of the accessories that are already in your living room.
2. Paint ($30 – $150)
Add color to the entire room or just one wall. Changing the accent wall color and bringing in contrasting accessories (which you might already have) does not involve a major investment of money. Here’s a professional design tip: Keeping wall colors generic and paint the ceiling to make a bold statement.
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