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Transform a Plain Living Area in 4 Quick Steps

A cozy space is attainable with a few adjustments

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua

Decorating a plain space can be daunting—especially if you don't know where and how to begin. The same applies in a rented space! How can you create an inviting space if you are restricted to work on major renovations?

Fortunately, you can have a welcoming space with just the right set of accessories and accent pieces. Here are four easy steps to help you accomplish you mini living area makeover:

Pick the right colors

Bring your living are to life by jazzing it up with patterns and pops of color. To make your room look elegant, stick to a color scheme to avoid the “chopsuey” look. Bright colors like yellow and orange also pop out in a sea of neutrals, so consider getting accessories in these hues.

Complete the look with soft details

Make your living area even cozier by placing soft furnishings such as poufs, rugs, and throws. You can anchor the look with a patterned area rug as this can add warmth and help liven up the space.

Choose colorful pillows

Add the same playful touch to the sofa by decorating it with pillows with prints that complement the rug.

Make use of the vertical space

If your walls are too plain, you can hang an artwork or add wall decals. These decals are very easy to work with—you can add and remove it in a snap.

 L111 Sonoma Rug (5’ X 8’), P28,415, Decoliving Manila • Yellow Floor Lamp, P12,195; Knitted Bowl, P3,195; Pouf, P6,495; Vitrine Case, P3,000, all from Dimensione • Throw, P2,290; Pillow Case, P499;  Picture Frame, P499; Sunburst Mirror Frame, P899, all from H&M Home • Tabletop Décor, Wooden Toy, prices available upon request, Anna Banana Rustics

This snippet originally appeared on the June 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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