Lively Living RoomWhen it comes to color, homeowner Pam Lohse is the adventurous type. She has a shocking-chartreuse kitchen and a rich-red dining room, but the living room falls flat. It's just too white. She wants some vibrant hues to liven up the space. Besides color, there are a few other issues. She has a bit of buyer's remorse over the TV cabinet — it's too small to hold all her components. She loves her sofa, but has a hard time finding pillows to match. Overall, the room has her stumped, and she's ready to call in professional help.
Wall ColorThe room's beautiful stained-glass window (see previous image) serves as the inspiration for the new wall color.
Paint – $56
paint: Ralph Lauren's 22367498887, satin finish
TV CabinetThe shelves are painted white to match the existing unit. The enlarged cabinet helps keep the electronic components neat and organized.
TV stand – $71
paint for media cabinet and shelves: Super White, semigloss, The Home Depot
Rug and PillowsA collection of vibrant pillows adds volume and texture to the sofa. Additional seating is created when an old weight bench is reupholstered in pink fabric and placed underneath the window.
Area rug – $100, pillows – $41 and bench – $7
multicolored striped pillow: 187534, T.J. Maxx
red and purple velvet damask pillow: 134009, T.J. Maxx
stripped area rug: Global Market, 66043341, Target
geometric circle print and purple wool fabrics for ottoman and pillows: SR Harris Fabric Outlet
white drapery panels: Lill, 15944, Ikea
Ottoman and ShelvesThe table fits perfectly between the homeowner's chairs. Simple, floating shelves are made with leftover wood from the TV-cabinet project. The shelves are filled with the homeowner's photographs and some of her personal treasures.
Ottoman – $36, accessories – $102
faux-leather ottoman: 73847, T.J. Maxx
nickel photo frame with white matting: Ribba, 15246, Ikea
clip frames for photos: Ikea
white vases with purple rim: Ikea
Sunburst MirrorTo make the sunburst mirror, holes are drilled into the sides of a wooden disk and then the telescoping mirrors are glued into the holes. Additional mirrors are hot glued onto the sticks in a random pattern. The inspiration for the sunburst was the homeowner's chrome floor lamp.
Sunburst – $40
telescoping mirrors: AxMan Surplus
ArtworkThe clean, geometric-shaped swatches are painted and then matted and framed.
Artwork – $7
paint tint: Lavender, Rose Lake, Pink, 88289118654, The Home Depot