Paint is affordable, transformative, and easily applied by novice decorators. Use it to color walls, update flea market furnishings, refresh tired floors, and showcase a room’s architectural features. Choose wall colors that further a mood (the deeper the tone, the cozier the feel) and that complement your finest furnishings and personal style preferences.
Incorporating personalized reflections of your tastes, travels, and origins always make living rooms special. Display ancestral portraits, framed genealogical charts, maps representing your favorite places, and photo collages featuring your nearest and dearest. Hang painted letters or signage that reference your initials or a familial surname.
Purchase furnishings rendered in high-impact fabrics or finishes, sporting scintillating silhouettes, and that provide solid punctuation points of color. You’ll only need a few grand-gesture pieces to create a stir, especially when you pair them with neutral walls, low-key upholstered pieces, natural area rugs, and crisp white accents.
Buy blank canvases that you can paint and place prominently above a mantel or sofa. Using paints in your favorite hues, brush on a variety of cool geometric shapes or simply splatter colors at random to compose contemporary compositions. Like something less abstract? Use the canvases as bases for painted images, stenciled motifs, or collages created from all sorts of crafting remnants.
You’ll find affordable area rugs suiting every style at big box stores, discount home shops, and even home improvement centers (shop end-of-summer sales for outdoor rugs that can work inside). Use simple (and more affordable) large rugs to anchor a room’s furnishings and smaller rugs to define conversational groupings or activity areas. Experts recommend that all furniture sits atop the rug and that an ample border of flooring is seen around the rug’s perimeter.