Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fresh Living Rooms


Whether your living room is the setting for party time, family time, or both, it deserves to be a showstopping space you love to be in. Better Homes & Gardens have shown us how to give your living room a fresh and inviting feel to it…

Hardwood floors, a cozy fireplace, and a green-and-white color scheme are standard cottage decor features. Shake up the standard by adding your own modern touch. Here, a modern personality is added with the clean, crisp lines of the fireplace, chair, and coffee table. Keep your modern accents within a similar style for a unified look.

Violet, in several hues, flows throughout this living room. Darker shades, like the piping on the sofa and chair cushions, ground the lighter colors. Touches of white add interest to a monochromatic color scheme.

When starting to decorate, begin with the basics of comfy seating and tables. If your decor is undecided, keep your basics neutral in color and style. Then, be on the hunt for accessories that reflect you. In this space, red end tables, green throw pillows, and bouquets of flowers start to build a casual garden theme.

Don't overlook the small spaces in your home. Lemon walls and raspberry furniture are vivid touches with a big impact. Neutral colors, antique accents, and crown molding add a posh feel. Combining bold features with more sedate elements can make the most of pint-size spaces.

Creamy white walls and window treatments are the backbone of this clutter-free room. Furniture with clean lines sticks with the streamlined look. A modern table pulls out for serving food and drinks. To maintain the crisp look, pick a single accent color in a modern shade, like bright orange. Replace with a new hue to change the look.

All-white rooms need a dose of personality. Throw pillows bring in a pop of green, blue, and pink in cottage-inspired patterns. But the addition is small enough as not to disturb the ambience of the crisp, white room. Different textures, like the bowl of shells, starfish, and a sisal rug, add depth to the room.

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