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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Easy Updates For Your Living Room Decor

by Scott Gordon

Is it time for an update to your living room decor? Perhaps you'd like to make over your space, but you don't want to spend a lot of time and money on the project. Changing up your living room design can be easy with a few simple tips:

Select a New Color Palette

If you want to go all out and paint the walls, that's a noticeable update. However, even without painting your walls, you can switch up your color palette. Start with the wall and furniture colors, and simply go in a different direction. For instance, if your walls are yellow and your furniture shades of beige, change to a complementary color scheme by adding purple hues.

Draw Colors Out

Once you've chosen your new color scheme, find ways to draw the new hues into the rest of the room:

  • Scented candles
  • Vases
  • Abstract art
  • Lamps
  • Cushions

Select three or four areas to update with the new color. For instance, place cushions in shades of purple on the sofa and a violet vase on the coffee table. Dot the room with lavender candles. You'd be surprised how much of a difference adding a few pieces in a select color scheme makes to your decor.

Attend to Bookcases

Save your hardest working bookcase for your den or office. If you have a bookcase in your living room, make it do double duty as a, well, case for your books and design element. Group books together according to an aesthetic value such as color, size or texture.

Break up the shelves with design objects such as planters, artwork and candles. Keep experimenting with the arrangement until you get the perfect symmetry – or asymmetry – for your style.

Include Mirrors

Hanging mirrors is another easy way to update. Not only do they add interest to your walls, they refract the light back into the room. Hang mirrors in areas where they can catch natural light and bounce it back.

Another option is to create a vignette with a mirror. Place it behind or even under a cluster of aromatic scented candles. The light refraction works the same way, but the design element is more targeted.

Showcase a Focal Point

Select one aspect of your living room decor, and highlight it. For instance if you have a fireplace, Better Homes and Gardens suggests showcasing it by echoing the color and pattern in other areas of the room. Hang a complementary picture just above the mantle, and top it with colored candles, pottery and even statuary.

Update your living room decor with color, texture and light. Mirrors, candles and cushions are just a few ways to makeover the space without making radical changes.

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