Rooms to Rave About

We’ve got a few problems in this living room! The furniture and colors choices are good – casual, but sophisticated. But the room is disjoint and looks too big for the furniture. Objects are scattered randomly around the room and electrical wall outlets are stealing our attention as much as the fireplace! 

But all can be fixed without spending a lot of money… probably less than $100. Here’s how…

1. Move the two black-framed pictures together over the fireplace mantel. Hang them 2-3 inches apart and 2-3″ above the mantel. This will create a strong feature wall and tie together the room’s white and black features. Take down the vases on the mantel – they’re too tall for the room and push your eye up to the ceiling rather than down to the seating area. The might work on the floor, on either side of the fireplace.

2. Move the end table closest to us to the top right corner. It’s awkward and in-the-way where it is now. If light is needed, add a floor lamp. In its new corner location, pair the table and lamp with an extra armchair or large dining table chair. Or place it between two extra dining chairs; it looks like there’s room. Hang the mirror (currently above the fireplace) with the group at eye level (when seated)  to create a comfortable reading corner.  This will fill the empty corner, cover up the white outlets and balance the sofa on the other side of the room.

3.  Purchase some good quality toss cushions for the sofa. Choose blue cushions that tie in the wall color, or mix blue with the fawn color of the sofa.

4. Add a large tray on top of the ottoman. A black tray would work, as would a woven or bamboo tray that ties into carpet color. Place a few books or some candles inside it. The tray will add interest and create an easy place to put a drink down.

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