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Have you always wanted that dream home which looks like the one you saw in a magazine or a TV commercial? Most of us here in the UAE reside in rental homes and may not be motivated enough to spend too much on decorating a home that is just temporary. However, there are ways and means to spruce up a home's interiors without burning a hole in your pocket.
The living room is a place where you want to relax and rejuvenate, so everything in there needs to be soothing to your senses. Right from the color of the paint to the hues of the furniture and accessories, everything has to complement each other to create the right ambience. Below are some tips to get you started:
• Simple and basic is the mantra – Consider buying some throws in solid colors for your sofas. These will completely change the look of your space. If you want an ethnic look, you can add some sequined cushions and vases in bright colors to a monochromatic setting. Personalize the walls by adding mirrors, photo frames, artworks or quotes.
• Focus on creating a cozy atmosphere – Play around with lighting to create an environment that is soft and soothing. Use dimmer switches that will allow you to adjust the brightness as per your preference. You can also add some area rugs to demarcate spaces in your room. Paint the room in pastel colors to give it an airier appearance and make the space look bigger than it is.
• Use fabrics that are light and easy to maintain – Heavy draperies and upholstery are passé. The trend now leans towards natural materials like cotton that is easily washable and does not attract too much grime or dust.
With the plethora of options available in lifestyle and home furnishing stores in the region, you can have your pick of the items you need to transform your living room into something that you have envisioned.
A touch of color here, a hint of accessories there and you are done. All it takes is a wee bit of creativity to make your living room look as brand new as ever.
• Add colorful or sequined vases and cushions to a monochromatic setting
• Avoid bare walls by adding artworks like sculpture, painting, three-panel art
• Play around with lighting to create an environment that is soft and soothing
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer