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2X4: Four Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room

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Jessica
04.25.13

Ready for a living room redo, but don’t want to spend tons of money and time gettin’ it done? No problem! There are plenty of easy ways to breathe new life into the room. Try one of these four strategies:

Photo 1: West Elm

Curtain Trick. If you only do one thing to improve your living room, do this: raise your curtain rod up a foot (or as close to the ceiling as possible) and make sure your curtains cover as little of the window as possible when they’re open. That’s it! These two changes may not seem like a big deal, but they can increase your window real estate by as much as 66 percent. It’s pretty hard to argue with more natural light and an awesome view!

Fireplace Revamp. Does your living room have an unused fireplace that’s just sitting there? That wasted space is a décor treasure trove! Use it as a unique bookshelf by filling it with tomes, go rustic and stack wood in the fireplace or bring the garden inside by placing a few vases in the space. If you just can’t mentally separate “fireplace” from “fire,” candles are always a good option, too. Note: Flowers and books are an okay combo. Candles and books? Bad idea. 

Photo 4: Williams Sonoma

Baseboard Upgrade. Baseboards are like the eyebrows of home décor. You don’t really notice when they look great, but you definitely notice when they’re ignored! Basically, the bigger the baseboard, the more “aristocratic” your living room will look. Give your baseboards a fancy injection by adding an extra line of trim two inches above them. Paint everything the same color, including the space in between the trim and the original baseboard. It will look like one piece! For step-by-step instructions, visit The House of Smiths.

Clutter Control. Coffee table clutter getting you down? Drink carts to the rescue! Old fashioned drink carts are a dime a dozen at many second-hand shops, and they’re a great way to control clutter. Stack knickknacks or books in the drink cart and wheel it into a corner. Don’t pass over a cart if it’s a little rusty or beat-up. When it’s put in your home, the aging signs will only add character. Bonus: You can save a shelf for booze in the event of an impromptu party (or a long day at work)!

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