By Rachel Freeman

5 Decorating Tips for your Living Room

A little bit of furniture rearranging and a couple additions can take your living room to the next level. Below are my 5 decorating tips for your living room that can help breathe new life into your home. Small changes can make a big impact!

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1. This is, by far, the piece of decorating advice I give most often: Move your furniture away from the walls and to the center of the room. People think if they move their furniture to the room’s outer rim, they will have more space. The fact is, you room’s size will not change, and the amount of space your furniture takes up will not change. They are fixed dimensions. On the other hand, when you move your furniture to the room’s center, you create a cozy, intimate area, making better use out of the room’s available space.

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2. Rugs add warmth and texture to a room, and they are probably the most important piece for grounding a space. A rug is the glue that binds all other furniture pieces in a room together. Your rug should be large enough to fit your entire sofa and chairs on top or at least the front legs of each piece. You want a central island not individual pieces floating away from each other in space.

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3. In larger rooms or long and narrow rooms, you can create multi-purpose areas within the space by placing a console table, desk, or bookcase behind the sofa. This can separate living and dining areas, living and office spaces, or two sitting areas. The piece you choose can also add color, texture, and storage.

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4. Hang your curtains all the way to the ceiling (or just below the crown molding) to make your room feel bigger and more open. This trick is particularly effective if you have low ceilings, but it is a designer-must for any space. Your curtain rod should extend about 4 inches outside of the window casing on each side to ensure a proper framing of the window and allow the maximum amount of natural light to enter the room when the curtains are open. As for the length of the curtains, it should match your ceiling height or distance from the floor to the bottom of the crown molding. (If your ceilings are 9 feet with no crown molding, your curtains should be 108 inches in length.) This measurement will allow the curtains to hit the floor with a classic pant break.

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5. You can never have enough plants. Put one in every room of your house (including the bathroom, but you can skip the closet). They will filter the air and make you smile from sun up to sun down (and into the night, but they do, typically, really like the sun!). Don’t get fake ones. It is not only tacky but also pointless. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there is a plant out there for you. Visit your local nursery, and they will help you out!

Happy nesting, folks! I hope these 5 decorating tips for your living room help you out!
Rachel

Photos: Acoustic Garden // Lonny Magazine // Home of Susanna Rutzou // Heather Garrett Interior Design // The Brick House

Artist Spotlight: Camille Walala

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BOOM! ZAP! BANG! I am loving the graphic art of Camille Walala! It is so electrifying! Camille studied Textile Design at the University of Brighton. “Her signature Tribal POP style presents a boundless energy that works perfectly for show-stopping and social spaces – “the bigger the better”.” I like her work on the interiors and exteriors of buildings, but Camille also has work plastered on coffee mugs, clothing, and accessories, which are equally fabulous. I want an iPhone case personally.

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Not only is her work visually inspiring, Camille incorporate positive messages like “Play More,” “Living the Dream,” and “Smile Often.”

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This is a “simpler” exterior installation, and I love it! It is still so graphic and highly effective!

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There she is again! Camille Walala living the dream, folks!

Happy Monday!
Rachel

Get the Look: Eclectic Reading Nook

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I absolutely love this entire Laurel Canyon cottage as seen on DesignSponge, so I thought I’d narrow in on a small sliver of it for a Get the Look post! This eclectic, under-the-stairs reading nook seems effortlessly styled with a fabulous collection of unique pieces. The layers of texture (velvet, metal, wood, and a live plant!) and color (mustard yellow, warm wood, black, navy, pink, and white) make this space oh so lovely! Here’s how you can get your own eclectic reading nook:

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L-Beam Wall Shelf by West Elm // Indonesian Oyster Branches Narrow by Restoration Hardware // As Collective, Tumbler by One Kings Lane (or DIY that piece!) // Faceted Terrariums by West Elm // Gramophone for iPhone in Walnut by Restoration Hardware // Antique African Mud Cloth Textile by Shoppe by Amber Interiors // Livingston Chair in Golden Gate Performance Velvet by West Elm // Plant by IKEA // Industrial Tool Chest Side Table by Restoration Hardware // 3’5″x6’1″ Barnabas Kazak Rug in Red by One Kings Lane

XOXO,
Rachel