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Freshening up a living room


Prior to this entry, I wrote a couple of months ago about reducing the amount of clutter in your home could lighten your life.  In that same vain, I also believe rearranging furniture in a room can be beneficial as well.  I took my own advice and rearranged my living room to freshen it up.

Here are the before pictures:

This is looking into the living room from my dining room at the far wall.   What you will notice is that there a lot of small objects on the shelves, and beneath the clock.  Also, there was an overall feeling of lopsidedness in the room.

This is from the same view, but, I included the entire chair  with the ottoman and side table.

This picture is from the the chair and ottoman facing the couch.  To me, that table beside the couch is awkward.

As you can see there is a lot of ‘stuff’ in the room when you see all the pieces.  Also, the room feels short despite the vaulted ceiling due to the curtains not hanging from the top of the ceiling.

Here’s another view of the entire room.

I rearranged the furniture and tried to inject some color by buying a new chair with a pattern to it.  In addition, I raised the curtains, and painted a glazed treatment on the wall with the windows.  Here’s what the living room looks like now:

As you can see the living room now has a much cleaner look, and seems much taller.  I was surprised at the new feeling created!

Some of things that cause this room to feel bigger, is that I removed the large TV that used to be in the corner because it died.  Also, I moved the coffee table from beneath the window to be in front of the couch and took many of the small items out of the room.  I was really surprised at how much clutter I let build up in the room – as I am generally not a ‘cluttery’ person.

Here is the view from the dining room looking into the living room:

Doesn’t this room seem bigger and more inviting?  A couple of things to note here is I moved an old radio and placed it under the wrought iron hanging.  It gave the far end of the room more weight to make the room more balanced.  Also, the chair I ‘courted’ and purchased is in the far corner infusing colors and interest into the living room.

Here’s view of the curtains which dramatically changed the room!

This picture shows the ‘extension’ I sewed to the existing curtains to make the curtains 22 inches longer so I could hang the curtains as close as to the ceiling as possible.  In this picture you can also see the glazing treatment I painted on the wall.

A closeup of the stripes:

Isn’t this cool?  What I did was I bought one panel of this striped drape, and split it in four sections to add to four panels.  It definitely adds more interest.

You can also see the glazing treatment a little better on this photo.

Here’s a close up:

I will work on getting a better picture of the glaze treatment, but, at least this gives you an idea of the metallic glaze I applied over the existing paint to maintain the continuity of the room.

I know there was a lot of information here, and I hope you find some tips or get ideas!

Happy rearranging!


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