Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quick & Simple Spring Decorating for your Living Room

Quick & Simple Spring Decorating for your Living Room

Spring is the time to renew, refresh & revive your living room. After the long winter days give a nod to spring with these quick & simple ideas that will give you the feeling of freshness!

Remove those insulated drapes or heavy window treatments and lighten up with light colored drapes, woven blinds, or let the full sunshine in with nothing at all on your windows! You may want to have a roller shade to pull at night if you are not in a private area.

How about your furniture arrangement? Try rearranging furniture so that the conversation area faces your windows, you may get a sneak peek of the robins looking for worms or a newly formed crocus slowly peaking its top out from the snow. Now is also a great time to get your rugs cleaned or better yet, pull out those sisal rugs or rugs with lighter tones, florals or light geometrics might be the answer. Change sofa pillows and throw rugs to lighter, casual colors. Lime greens, oranges, reds, pinks, aquas all look spectacular mixed with chocolates and ivories.

Clear off your fireplace mantle and show simplicity at its finest with a bouquet of tulips, a stack of gardening books, and a bird’s nest nestled under a glass cloche. Mix in a few colored tealight & taper candles for some added sparkle in the evenings. If you are done with your fireplace for the season, clean & empty out the logs and insert a basket of white twigs mixed with white fairy twinkle lights. These are similar to Christmas lights, but have teeny tiny bulbs for a magical effect.

Give your coffee & end tables a fresh look. Remove the stacks of books & clutter and go simple! A floral arrangement on the coffee table and a new spring decorating book or magazine is all you need. Remove the dark shades from your lamps and invest in new, lighter & brighter colored shades. What an easy and affordable way to change the look of those lamps you’ve had forever. Maybe they are in need of a little spray painting. If the base of your lamp is black, try painting them ivory. If they are brass colored, simply prime and paint them a hot new metallic like copper or brushed nickel.

For the top of an entertainment center, I like to place an urn filled with a trailing ivy plant, a stone bird, a birdnest, and a stack of wicker suitcases. If you don’t have wicker suitcases, try using a stack of wicker baskets, picnic baskets, or even a wicker charger propped up with an easel.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
DÉCOR TIPS & QUIPS from AlphabetPIX.com
Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out http://www.alphabetpix.com. Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love AlphabetPIX.com pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
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