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Living Room Ideas: Our Top Design Tips for an Easy Decor Update

AUGUST 25, 2015

Decorist Head of Design Services Ashley Redmond is full of living room it's no surprise that the team at Cost Plus World Market tapped her to share a few decorating tips, using her favorites from their new fall line. Ashley's focus? How to update your living room decor with just a few small changes.


Remember the living room from the Decorist Virtual Design Showhouse? The one designed by Decorist Celebrity Designer Tamara Honey of House of Honey (the gold disco ball might jog your memory)? That was Ashley's "canvas" for this living room decor update.



Pop quiz: how quickly did you spot all of the changes? Ashley's overall objective for the living room was to infuse color, pattern and a global vibe. Following is how she approached the design process, step by step.


1. Identify A Focal Point For Your Decor Update

Whether it's a great pillow, personality chair or vintage found object, choose a piece that inspires you as the jumping off point for your redesign. Here, Ashley chose two vibrant, mixed print arm chairs with a bohemian feel to anchor the room. The balance of her design choices were inspired by these two statement-making accent chairs, which she situated in front of the fireplace for maximum visibility (we love how how they frame the mantle).



2. Change Up Your Throw Pillows

New throw pillows are a great way to make an impactful change to your living room decor without having to spend a lot of money. Ashley's pillow selection plays off the accent chair palette: starting with the rich, wine colored velvet pillow as the base upon which she layered a patterned pillow in the same tone, followed by an accent pillow in a rich yellow. Quite the trio, right? The lavender geometric throw adds additional color and dimension.



3. Re-accessorize Your Mantle

The mantle is the clear focal point of this living room, which means that any changes will surely get noticed. Ashley replaced the black teardrop mirror with an intricately carved wood mirror that echoes the bohemian flair of the accent chairs. Leaning, instead of hanging, makes the mirror easy to swap in and out and also creates an opportunity for layering...which Ashley took full advantage of by adding in a few wood candlesticks of varying heights, as well as a metal orb and a wine colored glass votive for a hint of color. Notice the monochromatic book display? A playful way to incorporate the purple throughout the room into the mantle vignette.



4. Re-decorate Your Coffee Table

Ashley is a big fan of collections of three: here, it's a beautiful oversized recycled glass vase, coupled with two amber hued bottles. The single palm frond adds height and color to the coffee table vignette; simple but impactful (a good example of the less can be more principle). Add a stack of neutral coffee table books - and an objet for a bit of drama (the amethyst geode does the trick here!).


5. Overlay a New Rug

The beauty of a neutral rug is that you can overlay smaller area rugs to add color, texture and pattern. Here, two light colored hide rugs come together to add subtle dimension.



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