We have a white couch — one of the most impractical purchases we ever made, but it has brightened our living room for almost 10 years. We got it at a going out of business sale. Cheap. And you can’t put a price on something that brightens your life. It shines in our living room day and night. This may sound stupid, but since our city gets only 160 days of sun according to a science web site– click here to see it — we need to brighten everything we can. Ouch — 160 days! But then again, we did have sunshine on all those bitterly cold days we just survived. And we have had some remarkably colorful sunrises and sunsets — even though we’ve been under cloud cover.
Back to the living room — it gets rare traffic, so a white couch was a great find. But an even better find are slipcovers that can give you white bright upholstery at a moment’s notice. Designers often suggest these as a away to change up your interior, but you don’t have to invest in white slipcovers. Put some white flowers out or a bright pillow.We had a gold pillow in our living room at one time. And a red-striped one. I think they may have moved to other homes.
I never had much luck with slipcovers, but my mom used them on everything. In those days, I think it was more to protect the furniture than to enhance it. But now, we can do both. We can brighten up a room in a hurry with bright accessories. Sheryl Boltze, creative director at Sure Fit, also suggests:
- Create conversation friendly furniture arrangements — I struggle with this. I like the idea, but I still struggle.
- Use plush and soft fabrics.
- Add some nature-inspired, outdoor elements to a room. Right now, I have two poinsettia plants in my living room. Hope that counts.
- You can drape warm throws over furniture — we have those in the family room, but not the living room.