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7. Symmetry can make a small space feel important. Sneaking in symmetry where you can is a great way to bring a bit of grandeur to a compact space. Here a set of floor-sweeping drapes and a pair of artworks frame the window, while a pair of matching armchairs and matching pillows bring a pleasing sense of order to the seating area.
Mojo recharger: Empty out a room in your mind, or really empty it out“Imagine your room without any furniture in it — the walls and floors completely blank. … Pay close attention to which areas seem improved without your stuff in them — this is a good clue that something in that area needs to go.” — Laura GaskillEnvisioning the room empty is a great exercise, and I’m going to jump off from that point — if you don’t have the vision but you do have the energy or need a workout, empty it for real, then place the most important items back in it first. Also, try putting things back in different arrangements (read the rest of Gaskill’s ideabook for additional help with color, flow, seating arrangements and more). The process will help you naturally thin out the things you don’t need — you won’t want to put them back in the room. Full story: 10 Steps to Pulling Together Your Living Room Before the HolidaysFind more little home projects:To-Dos: Your November Home ChecklistYour November Garden ChecklistThe Get It Done series What do you all do when you’re suffering from a creative block? Please let me know how you get your mojo back in the Comments section (my Facebook friends were not all that much help!).
5. Adjust colors. Go back to the pictures of your space you took while examining the flow, but this time, look for color. What strikes you about the color in your living room? Is there too much or not enough? If you have too many different colors, try removing a few items of one color to streamline the palette. If too little color is the problem, treat yourself to a new throw, vase, or tray in a color you love.6. Create some symmetry. The human eye loves symmetry. If your living room is feeling less than harmonious, it’s possible it needs more symmetry. Try adding a pair of matching lamps, art hung in identical frames or a pair of throw pillows on the sofa.