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The "Living" Room
February 9th, 2011 10:07 AM

Some living rooms in a home really have no right to the name "living."  They are either scarcely used or so cold and uninviting that they merely "exist."  Whether or not a home has an additional "family" room or not, the living room ought to be full of life, happiness and beauty. 

An entire living or great room can be easily transformed into elegance, beauty or even pizzazz!  A room can be cozy without being cluttered and individual touches can create charm and comfort. With more families downsizing into smaller homes, the living room will once again be a place to "live."

Family photos draw attention and give a home love.  But be careful not to "over-do."   Many of the collage frames are so attractive and fit into a variety of designs and decor.  There are digital frames, photo room dividers, and photo trees that add charm and display dozens of cherished memories.  Even a few attractive photo albums on a coffee table will add comfort to a room.

Some well loved books, and an elegant arrangement of real or silk flowers always gives  added beauty and personal expression to make a room attractive and warm.  Add soft colors to accent the furnishings and bring the room alive. A new pillow, new vase, new lamps, or new area rug will work wonders to change the look of the room.  Consider painting just one wall and making it a focal point with accent lighting.

When searching for ways to make your living room come alive, first consider the many functions in your daily routines.   Is it used to watch TV, to  read and have quiet time, to entertain guests, or as a multi-functional room?  It doesn't matter how large or small the room is, but how you make it work as a gathering place.

Make your living room as cozy, charming and comfortable as you can with the resources you have and it will indeed become a joy to "live" in. 

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on February 9th, 2011 10:07 AMPost a Comment

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