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Breathe New Life into Your Living Room

Breathe New Life into Your Living Room By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

The following tips will provide you with a few basics of design as you launch into a n update of your living room.

The first step in redoing your living room furniture is to determine how much your budget can allow for new purchases. Be honest about what you are able to afford--you'll be glad you did so later on when you don't have thousands of dollars in credit card bills to pay.

Next you'll want to think hard about how the new living room will be used. Do you want the room that have more formal feel or to be more casual and comfortable. Will children by playing in these rooms?

The third step is fun: think about what colors you want to use to update the living room design. Use some restraint during this step; most people tend to go overboard in this area. Make sure the color scheme is pleasing and will not quickly reflect last years interior design trend. A good rule of thumb is to pick one strong color for depth, a couple of neutral colors to fill out the color palate, and some light colors to provide a feeling of space and light.

Your Living Room Design

Take stock of your living room furniture to see how much of it can be restored. To save money, you may be able to reupholster a chair or sofa instead of buying entirely new furniture. Today, a sofa, ottoman, and chair can easily cost several thousand dollars, so this can be a good area in which to save money.

Your living room might already have great furniture, but it just needs some fresh color. This can be achieved simply by buying new sofa cushions and area rugs. If you have a little more money to play with, consider getting some new art for the walls. Living room design can be greatly enhanced with interesting art, but you'll want to be wary of buying a Georgia O'Keeffe print or some similar work that has become ubiquitous in American homes. If you like prints, try to find some that are lesser known. Your guests and you will appreciate it.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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