• Paint the walls a darker blue to add warmth (Van Courtland Blue from Benjamin Moore).
• Replace the two couches with one sectional and a side chair to open up the seating area.
• Place the TV on a swivel stand so it can be viewed from any position in the room. A tall bookshelf opposite the TV will add visual balance and avoid making the TV the central design element.
• A storage bench and mirror with hooks next to the entry will provide storage and a place to take off shoes.
• Replace existing curtains with wider panels for a softer and more substantial look. Mount them high (between the window molding and ceiling) and wide (outside of the window frame) to give the illusion of a larger window.
• Move the kids' play area to the nook along the wall opposite the fireplace.
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