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A pink-and-green color palette and blooms throughout the living room create a space that celebrates spring. Before, the sectional sofa faced the fireplace, but splitting it into a pair of love seats creates an airy look and helps foster conversation. Colorful accents on the sofa, above the fireplace, and in the nook give this living room the cheery makeover it needs.
To brighten the living room, the fireplace bump-out is painted white. Not only does this open up the space, but accents pop against the white background. Pink and green foam balls covered in fabric flowers (available at kids' decorating stores) hang from ribbon to create sculptural artwork above the mantel, which is painted apple green.
Containing sparks isn't the only function a fireplace screen plays in the living room. During the months when the fire is out, put the screen to work as an unexpected accent. Brighten a dark fireplace by painting the screen a bright hue. First spray the screen with a metal primer, then finish with multiple coats of colorful spray paint. Apple green completes the pink-and-green motif. To finish, dress the screen with magnetic flower shapes (available at a crafts store or children's furniture shop).
You don't have to buy new pieces to give your space a new look. Floral fabric with a light background wraps around the leather ottoman. The fabric adds a dose of color to the room and transforms the ottoman from formal to casual. The edges of the fabric are hemmed with fusible web, and the ends are pinned to the ottoman's underside.
Colorful throw pillows add spring flair to the sofas. Pair a patterned pillow with solid-color pillows in shades pulled from the patterned fabric. Tie the room together by using the same fabric on the ottoman and a throw pillow. For the pillow, sew a simple square and stuff with batting. Use fabric scraps to embellish store-bought pillows. Here, a fabric sash dresses up the pink pillow.
Turn an unused corner into a cozy spot for reading or chatting. A bistro table and two lightweight chairs create an inviting scene. Flowers are used throughout the corner. Floral seat cushions, large floral wall art, and even real flowers on the table all signal that spring has sprung. Carpet tiles create a small area rug and tie this area to the main living room.
Artwork doesn't have to cost a fortune. This gallery setup looks like it cost big bucks, but really it was $4. Use spray adhesive to apply scrapbooking paper to ceramic tiles. Attach epoxy wood blocks of different depths to the back of each tile and screw each block into the wall. Using the same paper for this art project and on the bistro table ties the space together.
See how a few simple color, wall art, and accent changes give this room a new look each season.
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