If you have a small living room, adding something structural at mid-level can increase interest and space. A floor lamp accomplishes this. Adding art work that has long, deep perspective expands the feel of the square footage. Things that reflect light enlighten a small space, adding a liveliness that expands the room. This can happen with mirrors and reflective surfaces. Busy groupings of furniture and objects tend to minimize a space.

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Few things add warmth and a sense of coziness more than wall lighting. Overhead can lighting might make a good reading companion, but overhead lighting can be glaring. Sconces, table lamps and candles offer a soothing wash of illumination that emphasizes the feel more than the height.

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Color can be magical but it can also clash. Pink can go with black or a very light wood, but not deep brown. Keeping tones and texture together bring a cohesiveness. When tones and textures align, different styles can be mixed together. Antiques and modern pieces can co-exist beautifully when the tones match. It creates interest. It isn’t sterile. When everything matches it looks like a showroom. When things are mismatched but complimentary, it has heart, excitement and interest.

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Keep the things of interest that you want to really inspect, especially art and wall hangings, at eye level. Keep something living in the room; plants or water features. Keep what you love surrounding you. It doesn’t matter if it goes, if others love it or if it is the wrong size or shape. If you love it, find a place for it. Find a place for all the things you love.

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