Dress Up Your Design: Accessorize a Bland Living Room

Each month, a lucky reader wins accessories from Etsy.com to complete a room. For August's winner, Heather, designer Claire Watkins selects the accessories and shares why she chose them to update a boring living room.

Before: Accessory-Free Living Room

"My living room has no love. The walls are bare, the windows have no dressings and the bay window is sad. Heck, I don't even have decorative pillows!," says Heather, our August Dress Up Your Design winner. Read on to find out which accessories designer Claire Watkins chose to complete this room.

After: Big-Impact Curtains

Claire's first order of business: The nonexistent drapes! "I selected full draperies in an attention-getting wide green and white stripe to bring out the green in the rug and make a big impact in the room," Claire says.

After: Bold, Graphic Pillows

Next, taking cues from the contemporary style of the rug, Claire selected bold throw pillow covers. "These graphic brown pillows will complement the sofa," she says. She also selected down-filled inserts to make lounging on the couch extra-cozy.

After: Bringing It All Together

The finishing touch: A green accent pillow to tie everything together. "With just a few high-quality, high-impact items, the room gains and new design direction, making it easy for the homeowner to fill in the walls with touches of art and personal accessories," Claire says.

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