Feb 21 2014

Adding A Bit Of Living Room Color

Adding A Bit Of Living Room Color-

I like clean lines and minimalist decor and I always add a “pop of color”. But, I thought I would add a bit more color to our living room. Do you remember when I added a touch of turquoise to our living room a while back? If you missed it you can see the post HERE. I made some topiaries for the fireplace mantel a while back too, you can see them in the before photo. I also used some white beachy accents ( from Michaels craft store)  to give our living room mantel a little bit of a “cottage by the water vibe” . Most of you know I dream of a cottage by the water. You can see my cottage page HERE.

Lets jump in with my before snaps.


living room before

living room makeover before  turquoise cabinet

My hubby asked me not to paint the walls ( he lives here too,giggle) and I have a limited budget. So… I went shopping in our home, I like to “decorate with what you have”.

I started with the mantel. It seems I always start there. :-) I took the lovely turquoise beach glass candlesticks from our family room ( a Christmas gift from a sweet friend) and I placed them in the center. I added two large seashells (previously found in our guest bathroom) to the mantel too.

beach glass candlesticks

The shears from the guest room quickly replaced the white curtains. I like having plenty of natural light in the living room. I didn’t want any heavy curtains blocking out precious day light. A pillow from the mater bedroom is now at home on the couch.

taupe curtainspretty throw pillow


A scarf from my closet ( I bought it at Kohls)  now resides on the ottoman. Hmmm I may need to add that to my New Uses For Old Things page, giggle.

kohls scarf as home decor

use a scarf for an ottoman throw

I wanted a cozy throw too because I like to sit the living room and read. But, this time of year finding one in the shops is impossible. Have you seen the bathing suits in the shops already!  I made a quick trip to JoAnns ( JoAnn fabric and craft shop) and I found some non pill fleece fabric on SALE! I love the chevron pattern.♥ I added some pom pom trim too. There is one other thing I would like to change, the pot the palm tree is in. But, it is rather fragile so I am hesitant to re-pot it.

chevron pattern throw

pom pom trim throwAFTER-

living room afterliving room makeover

So there you have it, our bits of living room color. Just a few tiny changes :-)

Do you ever go shopping in your home?


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  1. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Oh I love the simplicity of the decor. It’s so pretty. Yes I love shopping around my house, it’s a place with things I already like and love!

    1. Katherines Corner

      So true, I love rotating things throughout the house. :-)

  2. Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House

    It looks beautiful…I love blue, so I love this :) Sometimes the small details make the biggest impact. I hope you have a lovely weekend xx

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh sweet Kizzy, you are so right. Hoping your weekend is a sweet one too. xo

  3. Shady Del Knight

    I love what you did, Katie! It looks tasteful, comfortable and inviting. Our Florida home is decorated in a similar manner with the use of turquoise, teal, coral, flamingo. I admire clean lines and an absence of clutter, I would go shopping in our house and redecorate often if Mrs. Shady would let me but “she lives here, too” and likes things to stay the same for years on end.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you my friend. My hubby is like your wife. He always says it looks great already why make changes, giggle. Hugs

  4. Janine Huldie

    I love the bit of color you added and looks beautiful. Makes me think of the beach with those shades of blue for some reason. Thanks for sharing and now wishing you a wonderful weekend!! :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      mission accomplished . Have a great weekend my friend xo

  5. Rose Molloy

    Hi Katherine, looks so charming and inviting and I love that look. I added touches of red to my living room, but the blue is georgeous.

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love using the blues to keep my beachy cottage dream theme alive.I bet your reds look wonderful. xo

  6. Angel

    It looks lovely. I love the blues you’ve chosen, soft and warm, very inviting. My LR decor consists mostly of toys everywhere, lol.

    1. Katherines Corner

      you make me smile xo

  7. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    The blue was a nice touch. I’m with your husband – leave those plain white walls alone.

    1. Katherines Corner

      oh rats the walls look white…they are a very light beige, giggle.

  8. Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage

    Oh. Fun pops of color and that aqua chevron throw is so cute!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Shannon, thank you for stopping by. I love the chevron pattern fabric too. They had several colors I was so thrilled when I found this wonderful turquoise blue. Hugs.

  9. Sylvia

    I think the added color is a pretty touch!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you Sylvia, Hugs

  10. myrecentfavoritebooks

    I love shopping around my home! Your room looks lovely! =)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you,Me too! I have far to many things. I may need to have a yard sale this year, giggle,

  11. Denise Gabbard

    That blanket is so cute and I love the blue and white colors.. May need to run to JoAnn’s myself :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Denise, they have a variety of colors! I was thrilled to find the turquoise. Hugs

  12. mrs. hines class

    I love the touches of blue!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Sharon xo

  13. newscindy

    I love what you’ve done with the place! I’m about to do some re-decorating of my own livingroom, and I think teal accents are going to play a big part.

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Cindy, I am just drawn to teals, mint greens and turquoise. I look forward to seeing what you share. Hugs

  14. Su

    Love the new accents! I’m partial to turquoise shades, too. At this point, instead of repotting right now; maybe you could just paint the pot with the accent color? Just a thought. :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Su! Thank you. Yes, I have been looking for a pot big enough to hold it, haven’t found one yet. I hate to paint the pot ( it was a gift). Big Hugs!

  15. Poppy

    I love how you added the beachy accents in my favorite color…blue :) The beach glass candlesticks look so pretty on your mantle and the chevron throw with the pom pom fringe is my favorite…beautiful detailing! I think I need to stop by at Jo Ann fabric, thanks for sharing it.Shopping around the house to jazz up a room is my favorite way to decorate:) I like your hubby’s comment above….it’s something I hear from my hubby quite often, lol! You have done a marvelous job on your living room decor and the “pops of blue” accents!Have a great weekend! hugs, Poppy

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you so much Poppy. Your thoughtful comments and compliments are like hugs. Enjoy your weekend my friend. xo

  16. Sue Williams

    I love how a subtle splash of color can perk up a room. For the pot, why not buy/find/repurpose a larger wicker or bamboo pot and slip it over the white one? Fill in the top with beauty bark or lava rocks and it should fit the fresh theme. Sue

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you, I have been looking for a pot big enough to hold it, haven’t found one yet. Love the idea of using beauty bark.xo

  17. Elisa

    These blue items look so wonderful!

    Love from Munich, Elisa

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Elisa, Hugs!

  18. theseanamethod

    I like clean lines as well, but a pop of color like this gives the eye a bit of a break and sets the mood. This room is very inviting:)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you, I always want our home to look cozy and inviting. Never to fancy to “love in” Hugs

  19. dtbrents

    Very nice. Color adds so much.

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you Doylene

  20. Sonia Parham

    Looks great. The blue really livens it up. :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Sonia, I like the blues too. Hugs

  21. Angela

    Very pretty! Love the pops of blue!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Angela, have a great weekend

  22. Rosey

    I love the pops of turquoise too, you did a great job!! That chevron throw is my favorite item, that’s really nice!!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you my friend. I don’t drag the sewing machine out very often but I enjoyed adding the pom poms. Hugs

  23. rozpaige

    I love the beautiful hues of blue, including turquoise and tiffany blue. So refreshing and so relaxing. You did a marvelous job and I can see you enjoying this room for many years!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh thank you so much Roz, I really like the changes too. It is a great room to sit in and read. Hugs

  24. katsbynp

    Your addition of the blue colors make it seem to have had a complete makeover. I like the use of the scarf. Very nice. Gives me some ideas .Thanks for sharing.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliment. Hugs

  25. theartfuldiva

    your decorating style is wonderful. I love the look of your living room.

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you my friend, that is a lovely compliment. Hugs

  26. Katherines Corner

    Thank you my friend, that is a lovely compliment. Hugs

  27. georgie horn

    I love, love, love what you’ve done in the living room! May I have the sea horse? My maiden name is SEAY pronounced, SEA and we love seaYhorses!!

  28. LeeAnne, Style N Season

    Beautiful! I often shop at home too, and in my own wardrobe. I am a believer of recycling and repurposing things.

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    LeeAnne, Style N Season

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