One Living Room, Three Ways

This living room was begging for some color, so the experts at HGTV Magazine transformed the space in three different ways.

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Jim Bastardo

Makeover Musts

Wake up, windows! Basic white panels are an easy switch-out. Paintings? Prints? Anything? Help these boring walls! These pillows have zero personality. Insert fun new options. Neutral is so neutral. This rug is about to get stepped up.

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Look 1: Coral and Pink

An easy way to add color: throws. On sofa: 50\" x 70\" wool and cashmere throw in coral, $128, garnethill.com. On chair: Weekend Knit 50\" x 70\" cotton blend throw in mushroom, $98, garnethill.com

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Pillows

On sofa, from left: Jaipur 20\" x 20\" cotton canvas pillow cover in coral, $64, serenaandlily.com; gingham checkered 20\" x 20\" cotton pillow in brown, $60, and Boho Aztec 13\" x 21\" cotton pillow in coral, $50, both zazzle.com; diamond 20\" x 20\" cotton canvas pillow cover in coral, $64, serenaandlily.com. On chair: Tribal Aztec chevron 13\" x 21\" cotton pillow, $50, zazzle.com

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Curtains

Attach ribbon two inches from each edge with Fabri-Tac adhesive, $11, joann.com. Cotton canvas 96\" window panel in white, $34, westelm.com; 3\" solid grosgrain ribbon in coral, $35 for 50 yards, ribbonandbowsohmy.com

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Lamp

Ida 23\"-tall porcelain table lamp, $169, crateandbarrel.com

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Art

For an instant art collection, search etsy.com by color. \"Pink\" was used for this room; try another search for similar styles. Frames: Ribba series in white and medium brown, from $2, IKEA stores

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Rug

Phoenix 8\" x 10\" wool-blend dhurrie, $699, westelm.com

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Paint a Stack of Lacquered Boxes

Paint wood boxes with two coats of white paint, and let dry. Stick 1\" painter's tape along the edges. Paint the uncovered portion coral. Peel off tape while coral paint is still wet. Let dry, then coat with high-gloss finish. Boxes: Classic Hinged 6 1/2\"W x 5\"D x 3\"H wooden box, $9, and Keepsake 10 3/4\"W x 7 1/4\"D x 2 1/2\"H wooden box, $14, both woodcrafter.com; Paint: Ultra White by Valspar Signature Primer + Paint; Coral Expression by Behr; Martha Stewart Crafts high-gloss finish, $6, michaels.com for stores

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Look 2: Purple and Blue

Throws help tie the room together again with this color palette. Throws: On sofa: Chain Rib 50\" x 60\" acrylic throw in frost gray, $79, westelm.com. On chair: Lands Downunder Assiro Herringbone 51\" x 67\" cotton acrylic throw in turquoise, $90, casa.com

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Bottles

From left: Waterscape 6 9/10\", 14 3/5\" and 7 4/5\" tall salt-blasted glass vases, from $19, westelm.com

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Pillows

On sofa, from left: Villa Home Illusion Basic Elements 22\" x 22\" linen pillow in aqua, $62, and Pine Cone Hill Candlewick 18 x 18 cotton pillow in dusty iris, $67, both wayfair.com; Villa Home Floral Embroidered 18\" x 18\" linen pillow in turquoise, $75, burkedecor.com. On chair: Sloop 12\" x 18\" cotton pillow cover, $125, johnrobshaw.com

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Curtains

Periwinkle 96\" cotton voile window sheer, $110, johnrobshaw.com

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Lamp

Merie 22\" tall ceramic table lamp, $199, crateandbarrel.com

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Art

A big frame leaning on a table looks casual. Bonus: No nail, no commitment. The Start of Something by David Fleck (walnut framed print, 26\" x 38\"), $128, society6.com

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Rug

Kilim Trellis 8' x 10' wool rug in lavender, $660, rugsusa.com

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Make a Stamp Shadow Box

Cut colored paper to fit inside a shadow box, and tape it to the back of the frame. Stick stamps to paper with foam sticky dots. Shadow boxes: 5\" x 7\" and 8\" x 10\" MDF shadow boxes in espresso, from $10 each, michaels.com for stores; Stamps: Try ebay.com for similar styles.

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Look 3: Blue and Yellow

The dominance of white and blue is swapped in these two throws, making each color pop. On sofa: Weekend Knit 50\" x 70\" cotton blend throw in sailor blue, $98, garnethill.com.

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Vase

Imax Worldwide Chantal 15 3/4\" tall ceramic vase in yellow, $61, decoruniverse.com

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Pillows

On sofa, from left: Threshold Pintuck 20\" x 20\" cotton pillow in gold, $25, target.com; navy and green ikat 20\" x 20\" cotton pillow, $66, zazzle.com; Trois 12\" x 24\" cotton pillow in teal, $37, crateandbarrel.com. On chair: Puffer 12\" x 18\" viscose/cotton blend pillow cover in sun, $110, johnrobshaw.com

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Curtains

Emery 96\" linen/cotton-blend drape in blue dusk, $119, potterybarn.com

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Pouf

nuLoom Living 14\" x 20\" leather Moroccan pouf in yellow, $205, atgstores.com

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Lamp

Safavieh Judy 27 1/2\" tall ceramic table lamp in royal blue, $190, bellacor.com

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Art

Hang multiples of the same print in matching frames for a cool gallery look. Above sofa: No. 2/No. 30 (Yellow Center) by Mark Rothko (print, 27 1/2\" x 39 1/2\"), $45, art.com; Ribba 28 1/4\" x 40 1/4\" frame in white, $25, IKEA stores. Above console: Mimi (print, 13\" x 13 1/2\"), $35, michellearmas.bigcartel.com; Ribba 20 1/2\" x 20 1/2\" frame in white, $20, IKEA stores

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Rug

Paddle Stripe 8' x 10' cotton dhurrie in indigo, $795, serenaandlily.com

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Add Gold Leaf to Coasters

Use a paintbrush to apply gold-leaf adhesive along the edge of each coaster. Once the adhesive is tacky, apply gold leaf, and brush off excess with a clean, dry paintbrush. Apply sealant over the gold leaf, and let dry. Coasters: Brazilian 4\" agate coasters in blue, $6 each, theevolutionstore.com; Gold leaf kit: Speedball Composition gold leaf kit (includes leaf sheets, adhesive, and sealant), $11, dickblick.com

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