Great ideas, Brenda!
Hi there Beth:
Brighten up any living room with accent pillows and throws -- especially with winter coming. Choose colors that exist elsewhere in the room, and add a few more!
Add some black to any room which doesn't feature it -- a few picture frames, a couple of small pillows, a vase -- classic black has a place in every room even if only in tiny amounts!
Have paintbrush will paint! Try a mural on a bare wall If you don't feel confident enough to draw it freehand, get stencils and paint them in. Or find a design you like, have a copying shop make a transparency of it, rent or borrow a projector. Then project the image onto the wall, start painting it in and voila! Instant ARTEEST! Remember, anything painted can be painted OUT if you don't like it... but you won't know if you like it til you SEE it.
Have a bare kitchen wall? Go to a thrift store and buy some kitchen items (collander, old pan, unusual utensils). Buy some spray paint in a color coordinating with your room (or maybe black? :) Hang them on that bare wall and tie some raffia (or braid it perhaps?) in and around the items.
Put a huge brandy snifter filled with shells (and maybe a few appropriately colored straw flowers?) in the bathroom.
And candles! Most people use them in the dining room, living room, bedroom -- but they're great in the kitchen and bath too! Group pillars with votives and tea lights -- floaters are good for both rooms too.
Sit in your rooms, close your eyes, let your mind roam -- write down your ideas, don't discard them, realize them :)
Depends on your taste in decor. If you go to Walmart, or a Dollar Store, and get a large planter pot you like, or use a large wicker basket. Get some of the dried or silk flowers of your choice, and make a really large arrangement. Go high in the center, like sunflowers or gladiolas. You can use dried cattails, or pampas grass for hight also. Put some other flowers and greenery fillers you like so you have color gong down to the container.
You can center the tall stuff, or put it to one side, and angle the rest to the container, and trail some down the side.
Make it large enough to set on the floor, or a low table, and come up to eye level or taller.
Set it so you see it as you turn a corner, or enter the room. It makes a great focal point, if you go big. You can change it with the seasons, or make it to match your room colors.
In the kitchen, a large pitcher filled with flowers looks great anywhere.
Another idea is using windchimes hung indoors, just out of and next to a regular walkspace, in the room.
A large one in a corner looks nice.
I knew a lady that had a big carousel horse in her living room. It really was a great focal point.
I used a big basket full of cattails and peacock feathers for awhile. I spray painted the wicker basket, for more color.
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