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Upgrade Your Living Room
Home & Garden
If you’re ready for a living room redo, but don’t want to spend tons of money and time getting the job done, don’t fret! You can still breathe new life into the room by making small, inexpensive changes. Effortlessly upgrade your living room with one of these simple strategies:
Raise your curtain rods. If you only do one thing to improve your living room, do this: raise your curtain rod up a foot (or as close to the ceiling as possible) and make sure your curtains cover as little of the window as possible when they’re open. That’s it! These two changes may not seem like a big deal, but they can increase your window real estate by as much as 66 percent. It’s pretty hard to argue with more natural light and an awesome view!
Upgrade your baseboards. Baseboards are like the eyebrows of home décor. You don’t really notice when they look great, but you definitely notice when they’re ignored! Basically, the bigger the baseboard, the more “aristocratic” your living room will look. Give your baseboards a fancy injection by adding an extra line of trim two inches above them. Paint everything the same color, including the space in between the trim and the original baseboard. It will look like one piece!
Hide your remote. Your TV remote control will never be an attractive accessory in your living room, but the container you store it in could be! Use an old jewelry box or an empty cigar box to house your remote when not in use. If you don’t prefer the shabby chic look of a cigar box, cover it in fabric with a little spray adhesive, instead. Tip: You can find empty cigar boxes at your local thrift store or online at discount prices.
Control table clutter. Coffee table clutter getting you down? Drink carts to the rescue! Old fashioned drink carts are a dime a dozen at many second-hand shops, and they’re a great way to control clutter. Stack knickknacks or books in the drink cart and wheel it into a corner. Don’t pass over a cart just because it’s a little rusty or beat-up. When placed in your home, the aging signs will only add character.
Relocate your TV. If you have tried to give your living room a makeover before, you’ve probably attempted to rearrange your furniture. But have you thought about your TV?
Revamp your fireplace. Does your living room have an unused fireplace that’s just sitting there? That wasted space is a décor treasure trove! Use it as a unique bookshelf by filling it with tomes, go rustic and stack wood in the fireplace or bring the garden inside by placing a few vases in the space. If you just can’t mentally separate “fireplace” from “fire,” candles are always a good option, too. Note: Flowers and books are an okay combo. Candles and books? Bad idea.