Add a Drop of Color to Your Living Room
Try out a new hue with pillows, upholstery and a bold accent or two
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If your living room feels a little too neutral, but you are afraid of adding color or don't want to invest heavily in making colorful changes just yet, test the waters with a few accents that won't break the bank. Here are some easy, cost effective and flexible ways to do that.
Use a large vase to test out a new color in your room. I like the big size and different shapes of the Morph Vase from HomeDecorators.
Reupholster part of a favorite accent chair. Recover just the seat if it can be removed, or add a fun pattern to the back of a chair. I love adding a pattern to only a part of a chair. The pattern adds a cool vibe without being overwhelming.
Reupholster only the back cushions of your neutral sofa. If you have loose back cushions, have them recovered in a colorful solid or patterned fabric. You'll get a designer look without having to get a new sofa.
White walls can feel stark. Bring in color and texture by hanging a large piece of artwork like this one called Second City. Large stretched canvas art can be more reasonably priced and not as heavy as large glass-covered framed art.
Try something as simple as adding a colorful tray to the center of your coffee table or ottoman. I love the colors of the Lacquer Wood trays at West Elm. For large coffee tables, get two to place side by side.
Choose a colorful ottoman as your coffee table. Or slipcover the one you have. Center it in the middle of your conversation area. It becomes the fun pop!
Bring just a bit of color to your neutral drapes by adding a band to the bottom of your solid neutral drapes. I like going up 30 inches in an 8- or 9-foot high space.
Add color to your seating with a bold-hued pillow. Try a 20"x20" pillow cover with a feather down insert. It stays in place better than a smaller pillow and adds nice big color through just one piece.
Add greenery. A tall indoor plant brings in a bit of lush color and fragrance. Ask a plant specialist to help you pick out the right plant so you know how to take care of it.
Drape a colorful throw horizontally over a sofa back or chair for a color infusion. Also consider draping it vertically down the center of the sofa.
Paint an accent wall. It will add excitement to the room. Choose a wall that houses has dramatic artwork, showcases an important piece of furniture, or has an interesting architectural detail you can highlight. In a long narrow room, the best wall to paint is the farthest short wall. The color will draw your eye to it, making the wall appear closer to you.
Bring in a new lamp base that has a vibrant color. Crate & Barrel's Boka lamps have delicious color choices. Or try spray painting your lamp base for a new finish in the color of your choice.
You can bring the floor to life with color, too. Use a large patterned rug so the color comes through in a larger scale.
Ideabook updated on Aug. 18, 2011.
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