Has your living room become tired and worn?  Are you hung on to the furniture pieces from your college apartment for just a bit too long? Our living spaces welcome us home after a long day at work and set the mood for the evening. You don’t need the services of a professional designer or an unlimited budget to achieve a well-put together and inviting space. Follow these basic recommendations from the design professionals and you’ll have a warm and welcoming living space in no time!

Remove all the furnishings from the space to prepare for painting. The larger pieces that cannot be moved should be covered with tarps or large sheets to protect them from the inevitable paint splatter. Remove window treatments and any wall art. Spackle holes as needed. Select a light, soothing color that compliments the adjoining spaces within the sight line of the space at hand. Remind yourself that selecting a baby’s name is a huge decision, selecting a $25 gallon of paint should not be. After applying two coats of paint, touch up trim work, baseboards, windows and doors as needed.

Before returning the furnishings to the space, identify the room’s focal point. This can be a fireplace, large picture window or substantial piece of furniture. Arrange the sofa and chairs in a conversational setting around the focal point. A coffee table and one or two side tables should be sufficient. Resist the temptation to return multiple small piece of occasional furniture to the space. These tend to serve little purpose and create a sense of clutter.

Select window panels using money saving Groupon coupons from the variety available from Home Decorators that complement the new paint color and existing upholstery shade. Hang panels three inches below ceiling to draw the eye up and increase the sense of space.  Finally, carefully selecting lighting for the space. Table lamps and overhead lighting should have soft white bulbs for a warm glow in the space. Add accessories and wall art sparingly. Avoid the temptation to display all of your collectibles at once. Best of luck to you in ramping up the décor in your living room!

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