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Easy Ways To Jazz Up Your Living Area

These simple tips will instantly freshen up the look of your living area

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Original Article: Issa Villar Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

The living room is the area most commonly used for receiving guests, which makes it necessary to keep this room looking neat and stylish. But revamping the look of your receiving area doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Let these simple tips help you elevate your living room into a comfortable space that you and your guests can enjoy. 


Use pillows

Feel like entertaining but don’t have enough room for additional chairs? Keep some pillows in a trunk or a baul, and you’ll get extra seating without the bulk. Pillows are much easier to keep than chairs, and they’re also more comfortable. Plus, your trunk or baul can double as a side table as well.

READ: 5 Things Every Living Room Must Have

Hang your lights

Nix your dirty table lamps and replace them with hanging lamps! These will free space that you can use to create a nice vignette. Using a hanging lamp is also unexpected and chic, and can light a large area better than a small lamp can.

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Invest in stools

Stools and ottoman seats are cute and modern, but they can get in the way sometimes. The solution? Keep them neatly tucked underneath your console table. These will fill up that empty space and be easily accessible for when you might need them.

Keep your remotes under control

One common living area problem is scattered remote controls. A simple way would be to keep these in order by storing them in a shallow bowl, a platter, or a small tray.

Screen it off

Television sets are a staple in living rooms now, but whenever you want to have some guests come over, sometimes you may wish your TV weren’t so visible. To hide it whenever necessary, block it off with a divider or a decorative folding screen, which will be light enough to move around and definitely nicer to look at.

READ: 7 Furniture Layouts To Try If You Have A TV In Your Living Room

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This article originally appeared as “Sala Secrets: Easy Living Room Style” in the September 2005 issue of Real Living magazine.

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