Is your room still missing that special something? Dip into your ideabooks and find a few pictures that really make your heart sing. But don’t stop there — notice what attracts you about the images. Some things (high ceilings, enormous windows), you won’t be able to have. But there may be something else that calls to you — a particular style of chair, a cool tray, a color, a pattern — that you could bring into your space. Track it down if you can!
Create some symmetry. The human eye loves symmetry. If your living room is feeling less than harmonious, it’s possible it needs more symmetry. Try adding a pair of matching lamps, art hung in identical frames or a pair of throw pillows on the sofa.
Tuck in a few extra seats. Be prepared for extra guests. There’s no need to spend a lot on these pieces — look for little stacking stools and small ottomans at budget-friendly stores and scoop up one-off chairs at flea markets and yard sales. Ideas include: A pair of X-benches in front of the fireplace, a pair of stools beneath a console table, an occasional chair or a low bench against a blank wall, or swap out your regular coffee table for a comfy ottoman that can double as a seat.