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Designing for Less - The Living Room

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Lets tackle another key room in the house; the Living Room. Most of the time its the first room your guests see and often times the most over looked. You can add simple cost effective elements here, too. Again, have a plan of attack and you should be fine. Lets say you have great lamps but the shades are looking a little weathered. Simple fix, add new shades. There are many places these days where you can mix and match your lighting at a fairly inexpensive price. I usually go to Lamps Plus on-line first to see their selection, then I hit my local Target. Both have great selections with many colors , shapes and styles. Don't be afraid to add a patterened shade to your lamp especially if your room is void of color, pattern and/or textures.

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!


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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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  • Comment Link Connie Sprng Friday, 30 December 2011 22:43 posted by Connie Sprng

    I am getting bored with my full bathroom and would like to give it a little pizazz. Currently, the walls are tan, ceramic tile is tan with streaks of gold and charcoal, the sink is white with a black base, and the toilet is black. What would you suggest for a new wall color and/or decor?

  • Comment Link Connie Sprong Friday, 30 December 2011 22:41 posted by Connie Sprong

    I'd like to give my full bathroom a little pizazz. Currently, my walls are tan, the ceramic tile is tan with streaks of gold and charcoal, the toilet is black, and the sink is white with a black base. What would you suggest for a wall color and/or decor?


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