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Design the perfect living Room with the right furniture and accessories.

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Building a welcoming living room doesn't necessarily mean completely chucking out all of your existing living room furniture. Remember you can change the character of a living room simply by investing in the right furniture and the right accessories.

Start with what you've got. Grannies settee which you've no doubt inherited probably isn't your first choice but try and look beyond the floral pattern and matching curtains - soon you'll see the type of style that stands the test of time. It's the type of style that's never forgotten but easily ignored. Take a closer look at what you've got and then use your imagination. Antique furniture like chesterfield sofas or wing back chairs, rocking chairs and 3 seat sofas are the stuff that legends are made of. All you need to do now is re-stuff and then reupholster everything and "voila" you've re-invented your entire living room furniture set.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't consider buying new furniture. Personal preference will decide that for you. One bit of advice though, if you go for new living room furniture then don't forget to bring practicality into the equation when making impulsive purchase. Interestingly enough, more and more companies are now manufacturing and selling their own bespoke living room furniture and the prices aren't as bad you think. Some companies even offer interchangeable furniture covers which allow you to change the entire look and feel of a living room without having to replace or reupholster everything.

Furniture is the foundation, accessories are the decoration. One of the easiest ways to bring colour and feel into your décor is through the cushions. Cushions come in a variety of stunning shapes, sizes, and materials. Though they are often neglected in the grand scheme of decorating, they are a truly cost effective way to change the look and feel of a living room. The choice of colour and texture in a scattering of cushions can alter the way your guests react and even interact with your living room.

For a conservative start into the world of cushions, focus on creating a bit of soft contrast. If you have a solid coloured sofa then go for cushions that have a print in a contrasting colour. For floral or textured sofas, you can create the contrast you want by opting for solid coloured cushions or cushions that have an opposing texture to the base fabric. This bit of subtle contrast allows you to bring in visual interest and tactile engagement without overwhelming the senses. You don't want the room to be too busy with prints or textures, as this can be a bit off-putting for visitors. Too much of a good thing is just that-too much! You will be able to create a more inviting atmosphere by easing guests into contrasts.

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