<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3"><font color="#990000">Simple ways to dress up a living room<span></span></font></font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Facing the same living room day in and day out over time can leave you feeling bored and uninspired. Some people wait for years before they decide to redecorate, but there are some simple things you can do now to give your living room a makeover that does not involve buying new furniture or other big expenses.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Adorn your windows</span></strong><span>. Improve the look of your windows by updating your curtains or blinds. Decide if the fabric and amount of light it filters through is still appropriate for your space. Give your existing curtains new life by putting them in the wash and embellish them by sewing ribbon along the edge or in patterns. Get new curtain ties. Think about decorating your valance box with interesting fabric or paper.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span><div style="text-align: center"><img src="../images/living-room-decor.jpg" border="0" alt="Living room decor" title="Living room decor" width="450" height="299" /></div></span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Makeover your walls</span></strong><span>. Instead of hanging your picture frames up on the wall, install a couple of wall shelves and arrange your art and ornamental objects on the shelves for a more contemporary look. If re-painting your walls is too much of a hassle, consider stenciling a patterned border that wraps around the tops of the walls. </span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Change the look of furniture</span></strong><span>. Get a new look for your furniture simply by adding or changing out slip covers for your sofa and love seat. When fitted properly, slip covers look great and help extend the life of your furniture. They do not cost a fortune and are available in a variety of textures and colors.</span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Get new sofa accessories</span></strong><span>. Decorative pillows can go a long way in improving the appearance of a tired-looking sofa while enhancing the entire room. Coordinate colors and select different fabrics to provide interest and variation. Place a stylish throw across the couch, keeping it light and brightly colored in summer, and swapping it for warm wool or chenille in winter.</span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Decorate the ceiling</span></strong><span>. A tip for enhancing the charm and finish of a room is to install faux finish decorative crown molding to the edges of the ceiling. Match it to the trim of the rest of the room. If it suits the style of your living room, ceiling medallions or other decorative ceiling accents can be mounted around a chandelier.</span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Rearrange furniture</span></strong><span>. Rearranging your living room furniture can have a dramatic effect on the room. You can create a new look simply positioning your sofa away from the wall and adding a wall shelf or console table behind it. Reorganize seating and table arrangements to maximize space, function, and comfort. Consider taking some small pieces out of other rooms and use them in your living room for a fresh new look.</span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Add life with plants</span></strong><span>. Fresh flowers arranged in small vessels around the room instantly perk up the space. A large vase that holds a colorful flower arrangement has a dramatic effect as a table centerpiece. You may also think about purchasing some indoor potted plants that don’t necessary need a lot of care, like cacti and succulents.</span></p><span> </span> <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Working for years as a design consultant Veronica Smith has just joined AmericanArtisanArt.com where she plans to incorporate her decorating aesthetic for <a href="http://www.americanartisanart.com/wall-art-sculptures.html" target="_blank">metal wall art decor</a> and <a href="http://www.americanartisanart.com/contemporary-abstract-art.html" target="_blank">contemporary metal art</a>.</span></p></span>