Tips to make your liv­ing room look ex­pen­sive

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - DREAM HOME -

While the kitchen and bath­room of­ten take priority when it’s time to ren­o­vate, the liv­ing room is the first place dec­o­ra­tors look at when their home needs a re­vamp. As the cen­tral fea­ture (and of­ten the first room guests see), it should re­flect your per­sonal taste and aes­thetic. But be­fore you get started there are a few things you should con­sider first. What is your de­sign goal? How much room do you have to work with? How will the space be used?

1. Sim­plify your styling : A clut­tered, over­ac­ces­sorized space can look messy and dis­or­ga­nized, rather than chic and so­phis­ti­cated. Pare down your col­lec­tion, and only re­tain pieces that have sen­ti­men­tal value or evoke strong mem­o­ries. A sim­pli­fied space will en­able the re­main­ing el­e­ments to re­ally shine.

2. Cam­ou­flage your tele­vi­sion : A clut­tered, over­ac­ces­sorized space can look messy and dis­or­ga­nized,

rather than chic and so­phis­ti­cated. Pare down your col­lec­tion, and only re­tain pieces that have sen­ti­men­tal value or evoke strong mem­o­ries. A sim­pli­fied space will en­able the re­main­ing el­e­ments to re­ally shine.

3. Use an in­ter­est­ing tex­tile : Give your room a cus­tom look by us­ing vin­tage or an­tique tex­tiles to make throw pil­lows or cover small pieces like seat cush­ions or up­hol­stered stools. An an­tique Turk­ish rug on the floor is an­other sim­ple way to in­stantly cre­ate vis­ual in­trigue. The unusual fab­ric will in­ject your room with a unique el­e­ment and will per­son­al­ize your space.

4. In­cor­po­rate a sculp­tural item : Pre­vent your room from be­com­ing a sea of straight lines and cir­cu­lar forms by in­tro­duc­ing an el­e­ment with an in­ter­est­ing shape or unique sil­hou­ette. A tree-root cof­fee ta­ble or unusual side chair will feel like a piece of art in your liv­ing room, adding an un­ex­pected and wholly artis­tic com­po­nent to your de­sign.

5. Hang Large-scale Art : Cre­ate a fo­cal point and give your space some wow fac­tor by hang­ing an over­size piece of art by it­self on one of your liv­ing room walls. The look is chic and high im­pact, with very lit­tle has­sle. Keep your eyes peeled at flea mar­kets and thrift stores for large pieces at rea­son­able prices, or get creative and make your own.

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