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Decorate your living room with simple elegance

Decorate Your Living Room with Simple Elegance

Discover the principals of decorating your living room with simple elegance, from what to add to your decor to what you should subtract.

Every living room can look elegant, if you adopt a few simple decorating principals. Do not crowd the space. Keep your decorating lines clean. And create harmony among the pieces.

Here's a handful of ideas to help you decorate your living room with simple elegance.

Use Simple, Identical Furniture

If your furniture is a collection of pieces gathered over the years (as mine is), consider decorating your living room by refreshing your upholstery.

No, you don't have to invest hundreds of dollars in new upholstery. Instead, visit an online outlet store and look for slipcovers on closeout.

Choose linen or jeans fabrics in solid hues. To decorate your living room with elegance, veer toward the lighter hues such as white, taupe or sage and make sure all your furniture pieces are covered in the identical slipcover. Mix-and-match won't work in an elegant living room.

Choose an Unobtrusive Coffee Table

To keep the space feeling open rather than crowded, look for a glass topped coffee table. This will help decorate your living room with elegance, especially as the clear table will focus the eye of the observer on the beautiful rug below. (Which takes us to the next step in our elegant living room decor.)

Frame the Space with a Striking Rug

When you decorate your living room with elegance your rug is all important! While you keep your furniture looking pale and cool, the rug must feel striking and eye-catching.

Choose something in dominant colors, which will act as the accent color of your elegant living room decor. Reds, purples, burgundy and blues are especially beautiful.

Avoid a solid rug, which will compete with your solid furniture covers. Instead, decorate your living room with elegance by choosing a stunning, patterned rug in a striking color.

Echo Your Accent Color

Now repeat the accent color so dominant in the rug. Use accent pillows in that color and toss them on your pale furnishings.

Or repeat the accent color in the drapes hanging around your windows. You may also wish to decorate your living room with elegance by echoing your accent color in the shades of your light fixutres.

Add a Bookcase Against the Wall

Elegant living room decor often relies on a strong display unit somewhere in the room. You can create such a unit by placing bookcases side by side until you fill the wall.

Then paint the bookcase shelves in the same color as your slipcovers. By echoing that color you will add harmony to your elegant living room decor.

Use the shelves sparingly, mixing decorative items with a few books or pottery.

What to Avoid in Your Elegant Living Room Decor

The enemy of elegance is clutter. Keep the lines of your elegant living room clean. And make sure that every item you include in the space is truly necessary.

Use few decorative pillows, keep side tables bare, and the shelves in your wall unit half empty.

If you have a lot of things to store in your living room, add lidded wicker baskets, which you can spray paint in the same color as your slipcovers. You can then hide your mess in these decorative vessels.

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