Next try adding a few accessory pillows. I like to mix price points with my accessories. Try using two matching pillows for the sofa corners; usually a good size is 18x18. Then find another that really pulls the room together with a mulit-colored pattern or design. This could be a smaller square or kidney shape or even round. Note: If you like a lot of pillows be sure to use odd numbers. Its more creative and will give you that ‘designer’ look. My favorite place for pillows is Home Goods if I want something fast. They usually have a good selection to choose from.
If you want to add that touch of style or even sparkle, why not try using a glass or crystal piece on your coffee table. Pair it with some coffee table books or even some glass colored balls if you choose a glass bowl. You can pick up books at a very inexpensive price buy looking at yard sales or second hand stores. Simply remove the book cover and there you go. Be sure to check for things to use on your mantle, too. A great box and simple candle sticks can do the trick. Get candles stick in different sizes for a more casual look. Sometimes an asymetrical look is more appealing instead of matching each side. Just remeber to watch for 'visual' weight. This means both sides should look even. Don't use chunky pieces on one side and a small, flat piece on the other. It will be too heavy on one side.
The final piece I like to add is an area rug. I love them. They really bring a coziness to a space and will define your conversation area. Again, you don't need to spend a lot for a rug. However, this is where I would spend my money. You want a rug that will hold up if you have a lot of traffic there. Depending on the room size and layout, you should be able to use a 5x8 or even a 6x9. There are many places to choose a rug; Pottery Barn, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Home Good’s just to name a few. You might want to try your local carpet store for remnents. Simply have it bound and your ready to enjoy it.
Using even a few of these tips can transform your room from drab to dazzling. Just remember to have fun!