Buy blank canvases that you can paint and place prominently above a mantel or sofa. Using paints in your favorite hues, brush on a variety of cool geometric shapes or simply splatter colors at random to compose contemporary compositions. Like something less abstract? Use the canvases as bases for painted images, stenciled motifs, or collages created from all sorts of crafting remnants.


Get the furniture layout just right, says interior designer Amanda Teal of Amanda Teal Design. "Always measure your space and start with a plan, so you know the furniture sizes that best suit the space. In this room, we started with the perfect spot for the piano and layered in the sofa and plush lounge chairs around it. Because we had a plan, the scale and proportion of the furniture is harmonious in the space. This configuration also maximizes seating and creates multiple intimate conversation areas."

2) Create Some White Space – Seem like you have too much junk around? I know I do. Why not get rid of some of it? Getting rid of some of the clutter will open up a ton of space and make your room seem like whole new place. Taking a piece of furniture or two out of the room will also create some space. As they say in the movies sometimes, “Less is more.” I threw out an old chair that I was hanging on to for years and the floor/wall space it cleared was amazing.


For a Gramercy Park apartment, designer Bennett Leifer upholstered a settee in a Sabina Fay Braxton velvet, and chose a pair of carved wood armchairs by de Gournay covered in a Stark velvet. The Empire console is from Lucca Antiques, the cocktail table is by Ebanista, the vintage stool is by Maison Baguès, the Louis XVI secretary was purchased on 1stdibs, the Tabriz rug is antique, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Alexandria Beige.
One can’t help but picture a rustic French florist shop, thanks to this living room’s woodsy implements, with plenty of pastoral greenery in between. A heavy wooden sideboard-style table displays and tucks away various household items and cherished flotsam, all the while cleverly framing a very modern television and stereo system. Stacked branches, log pieces, and foliage give the allusion of a walk in the forest, keeping the overall tone of the room organic and unfussy. Tip: as with any of the living room decoration ideas listed here, be mindful of lighting candles around plants and floral arrangements; Make sure you clear an appropriate surface space beforehand to avoid potential fire hazards.
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