Even subtle changes can have a profound effect, adding spark and much visual interest to any room.
1. Change the lighting. Its new, its hip and it is entirely retro. And that would be the Edison light bulb, a design based on the original bulb made by inventor Thomas Alva Edison. Also known as the Ferrowatt, it is the oversized filaments that provide the design interest for this classical bulb. Hang it by a long cord from the ceiling or on a wall sconce to create a glow that will transform your room.
2. Incorporate wood pieces. You have been wanting to declutter your living room, but you still need a certain number of seating areas for your guests. Replace that old recliner with an oak drifted chair and you will have a look that is minimalist. You will also preserve a much needed seating space while giving your living room a much more wide open look.
3. Replace your throw pillows. This makeover is so easy that it should almost not be included here. Yet, if you are looking to make a transformation to your living room or a family room, replacing your current throw pillows is a sensible place to start. In fact, having several sets of throw pillows on hand can be useful, allowing you to change a room’s mood seasonably or whenever the whim strikes you. You can also bring forth change by keeping your existing pillows and adding silk trim borders, covering them with seersucker pillow sleeves or replacing them with new pillows or covers featuring geometric prints.
4. Rearrange the furniture. Perhaps parting with furniture pieces is just too much for you. Or, maybe your rooms have just the right amount present — you already won the decluttering war and have maintained a truce ever since. Before you get in over your head with this project, sketch out where you would like your furniture to be placed. Consider creating a conversation area if your room is large enough. Have several pieces of furniture clustered in one area, perhaps using an art piece as the focal point.
5. Make use of a rug. You may not be happy with the old flooring or you might wish that the wall-to-wall carpeting in your home was a different color. Remedying either problem will cost you plenty of money and time. Instead, consider investing in an area rug that can sit on top of the carpeting or over the wood floor. Measure the room and choose a rug that leaves about one foot from each wall. Center it to provide a visually striking look.
6. Use baskets to organize. If your coffee table is taking up too much room, simply remove it and replace it with baskets. As in natural woven baskets. Baskets can house just about anything including those magazines that were once sitting on the now removed coffee table. A basket with a lid can house stuff inside and can also provide a surface to display collectables. They are cheap to buy, easy to set up and fun to behold.
If money is a concern for you, consider shopping at remaindered retail outlets to find what you want. These shops feature product over runs or entire inventories of last year’s trendsetting items. Expect to save as much as 50 percent on unused items, even up to 90 percent on scratch and dent specials. Garage sales, yard sales, estate sales and flea markets are other places to shop.
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