Bright colors and playful patterns transform the dull space into a fresh and fun living area. Designer Sara Tuttle also suggests crafty wall art to give the space a personal touch.
Tuttle (703-528-3420, www.saratuttle.com) is based in Arlington.
Paint the walls a lively purple. The color is Persian Violet by Benjamin Moore in an eggshell finish.
The furniture layout should facilitate conversation. Flank a long sofa with end tables and accent chairs.
Remove the dated ceiling fan to make the room feel bigger.
Don’t be afraid to DIY. Stencil an armoire with Moroccan-inspired prints for a chic bone inlay look.
Find your inner artist. Hang personal photographs, such as these flowers, on the wall in simple frames.
Bring the outdoors in. Accessorize the room with orchids, which are easy to care for and long-lasting.
Bold curtains enhance the windows. Mount them at the ceiling to emphasize the room’s height.
Ektorp sofa in Blekinge white ($399), Aspelund wardrobe with two doors in white ($199), Mellby chair in Dansbo yellow-green ($249), Lack coffee table in black-brown ($20) and Malm occasional table in white ($129), all from www.ikea.com; Armless upholstered chair in green and silver ($150, www.target.com); Zebra bamboo rug ($70 for 6-by-9-foot rug, www.overstock.com).
Crystal Spheres table lamps ($80 each) and Baxton Studio Tulip white modern table lamps ($160 each), both from www.overstock.com.
Accessories: Indian inlay furniture stencil kit ($35, www.cuttingedgestencils.com); Shopping the Globe silk pillows in light blue, baby blue and kiwi ($15 each, www.green
floralcrafts.com); mirrored cube accent table ($100, www.target.com).
SPLURGE . . .
Lucite bench and upholstered cushion in purple ($1,950, www.mecoxgardens.com).
Untitled abstract print by Harold Christopher Davies ($1,500, www.bellusfineart.com).
. . . OR SAVE
Florence purple tufted nailhead bench ($290, www.overstock.com).
Sibbared picture in Walnut ($20, www.ikea.com).
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