Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Living Room
Want to add a bit of creative flair to your living space in just a couple of days? Try these quick ideas
There are plenty of ready-made cushions on the market, but to get a selection of ones you really love – and that work with your décor perfectly – try having some made up.
For a cost-effective way to have a range of designs, find off-cuts and end-of-line material in fabric shops. Take them to a local soft furnishings professional, along with the measurements of your cushion pads, and you’ll have a revived sofa in no time.
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Extend the pervious idea and have some chunky floor cushions made, too. They’re a good way to bring a cosy touch to a room and a great use for cheap throws or even unwanted knitted jumpers patchworked together.
Assess what size of cushion would work in your living room (do you want fairly small ones to perch on, or bigger ones that could be pushed against a wall for a beanbag feel?) then take your materials to a soft furnishings expert.
It’s surprising how much a quick change of colour to just one item can freshen up a room, as this eye-catching yellow chair demonstrates.
A furniture restorer should be able to revive a wooden chair or other piece of furniture for you. If you fancy having a go yourself,
first apply a wood or multi-surface primer and leave it to dry. Once dry, sand it down so the paint will adhere to it, give it a dust, and slap on a coat of paint; repeat the process with a second coat of paint.
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This can take as little or as much time as you like, and it’s an easy and relaxing project in which to get lost.
Gather together your most beautiful vases, ornaments, small art sculptures and frames – any curios you’d like to put on display, or scour vintage shops, boutiques and websites to find new ones. Then spend time artfully arranging them on a suitable surface, such as a sideboard, mantelpiece, coffee table, shelf, side table or wide windowsill.
The secret is to pick an anchor object around which to arrange your items – the frame does the job here. A hero piece like this grounds the composition and brings everything together. Working with a limited colour palette can also help. Here, there are just four colour families: mustard, pale blue, cream and black.
Work from back to front, placing tall items at the back. Grouping pieces in odd numbers is also a good trick – try balancing pairs of objects with one other item.
Two shelves, family photos and artworks, and some imagination – that’s all you need to create a striking gallery like this. Once made, it also means you can swap around your art collection whenever you feel like it.
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Draping a smart new throw over an armchair is a simple way to add colour or pattern to your living room.
This is a fairly quick project if you can already knit or crochet and use a large hook or needles and a chunky yarn. However, you can also make a no-sew throw very easily using two sheets of fleece. It doesn’t fray, so it’s super-easy to work with.
Use one patterned and one plain fleece sheet, which your local haberdashery can cut to your desired size. Lay the sheets on top of each other and smooth out the wrinkles, making sure they’re exactly the same size. Trim if necessary.
Cut a 10 x 10cm square at all four corners of the double fleece. Next, cut out 10cm strips along all fours sides at 2cm intervals to create fringing. Fold back each fringe strip at the 10cm mark and cut a small vertical slit into the middle of each fringe on the fold.
To join your two sheets together, pull the end of each fringe strip under and through its slit to create non-bulky knots all the way around. You’ll get a look like this blanket, only the fringe will be a bit chunkier.
Having the right lampshade is a quick and easy way to enhance the look of a room. There are numerous companies that will make them up for you with your choice of material.
If you’d like to have a go yourself, you can buy kits that contain a wire frame in two parts, tape, self-adhesive backing, clips to fasten your shade in place around the frame while you tape it, and a rolled edge finishing tool to help you achieve a neat look.
All you need to do is provide the fabric (or wallpaper, which will also work well). Go for something with a natural fibre content that isn’t stretchy for the best results – linen and cotton are ideal.
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