Just Jazz Up Your Living Room

Decorating your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, you may be surprised at how easy it is to create a new look for just about any room in your house simply by rearranging what you already have, or by purchasing a few inexpensive accessories. The possibilities for changing your decor are limited only by your imagination. But remember, generally speaking, less is more. Don’t cover every surface with pictures and knick-knacks, unless you’re going for the Victorian look. Besides, fewer knick-knacks mean less dusting!

Photographs and artwork
Try breaking up the monotony of books on a shelf by tucking photos between stacks of books, or propping photos on easels for display. You can also slip pictures under glass tabletops.

A picture ledge (a narrow shelf specifically made for pictures) is a great place for displaying all sorts of artworkand it keeps you from covering your walls with nail holes. When hanging artwork on walls, be sure to hang it low enough so that your furniture and pictures are viewed as a unit. Consider grouping pieces together for an eye-catching focal point.

Lamps and lighting
Overall lighting sets the mood for any room. Step back and review the lighting in your living room. Most seating should have light available from a lamp or overhead fixture. While you’re looking, check out your lampshades. Do they complement each other? Purchasing a new shade is a quick and inexpensive way to update a lamp. If you have houseplants, consider adding twinkle lights. These lights add warm, subdued lighting when used alone, and great accent light any time.

Window treatments
Are your drapes older than you are? May be time for a change. If you want to make your room less-or more-formal, window treatments can do the trick. Look through catalogs and magazines for window treatments you like, and then figure out how to make them yourself.

An inexpensive fabric remnant draped over a new curtain rod may be all you need. And don’t forget to consider sheets as window treatments. They’re inexpensive, and you can easily find something to complement your decor.

Rugs, pillows, and throws
Even if you have carpet, an area rug can be an easy way to mark off a conversation area in your living room. You can angle the rug for extra decorating drama. Purchase a few pillows in complementary patterns or colors and place them around the room for added color. Add a comfy chenille throw and make just about any piece of furniture look like a great place to curl up.

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