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20 Simple Living Room Updates That Make a Big Impact

May 11, 2020

Check out these easy decorating ideas that will transform your living room from so-so to stunning.

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Photo: Alan Gastelum. From: The New Design Project.

Add Pendant Lights

Skip illumination with traditional table or floor lamps and try hanging a pendant light above your side tables. A modern trio, like these, adds height to the space and brings in a sculptural quality, courtesy of an extra-long cord (and a low-heat bulb).

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From: Emily Henderson and Secrets From a Stylist

Be Strategic About Styling

Create a stylish bookshelf by choosing items that work together and create balance. Pick two or three colors, then space the hues throughout the shelves evenly, but not symmetrically. Add stacks of books throughout the shelf to stagger the height of your accessories.

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Mix-and-Match Accents

Inject playfulness into your living room with pillows. The key to combining a variety of fabrics is finding prints in similar colors, like the navy, light blue and white options designer Sarah Richardson chose for her summer house.

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Photo: Nick Glimenakis. From: Art Home Garden.

Use Area Rugs as Dividers

Add subtle definition — and create a sense of division without compromising an open floor plan’s airy character — with floor coverings that function as room dividers. Matching rugs, like these, help the eye differentiate between living and dining areas.

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