Before its inexpensive makeover back in the early 1970s, this little living room really lacked personality. Here’s how it looked before and after its decorative remodel!
There’s only one thing to do when you’ve got a sorrowful-looking room like this: Unleash your imagination and discover the joy of transforming an ordinary room into something unique.
Turning this tired room around required lots of color, pattern, and texture. For starters, the walls were painted white to dramatize the abundant greenery and the exciting graphic on the far wall.
The ceiling was given visual impact with green and white light-reflecting geometric vinyl. Then, to balance the skinny string-bean windows, the old bookshelves were removed and some new ones built on the sidewall.
Notice how additional floor space was created by sliding the end of the daybed under the lower shelf. The daybed and chair were covered in practical wide-wale corduroy.
In lieu of draperies, vinyl porch blinds were used to add to the airy mood and provide controlled light for the collection of hanging and potted green plants.
A money-stretching decorating idea: a tablecloth was used to cover the small Victorian chair and several throw pillows. A nylon wool shag carpet contributed more texture interest and invites floor-sitting.
The unframed print over the sofa was the most expensive addition of everything, costing $80 back in 1972 dollars… but worth every penny for the amount of character it added to the room.