7 Common Living Room Problems -- and Solutions

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Are you guilty of these decorating disasters in your living room? Here's how to fix them fast.
  1. Your "Art" Collection

    Photo by Etsy

    Problem: You’re tired of record covers and framed posters being considered your “art” collection.

    Fix: Doodleandhoob’s Etsy shop will create a custom portrait of your home from a photograph for a one-of-a-kind piece that’s definitely wall-worthy!

    Etsy.com, $75
  2. His Old TV Stand

    Photo by Crate & Barrel

    Problem: Your husband’s clunky television stand from his college days looks more at home in a frat house than in your living room.

    Fix: The recessed base of this media console keeps the look light and airy, while the sliding cabinet door hides clutter.

    Find something similar at CB2.com.

  3. Book Explosion

    Photo by Design Within Reach

    Problem: Decor books are taking over the room, but your tiny apartment doesn’t have space for shelving.

    Fix: The Sapien bookcase from Design Within Reach neatly stacks up to 50 books -- no hardware or drilling required.

    DWR.com, $168.30

  4. Stains on the Rug

    Photo by Angela Adams

    Problem: Your rug has wine stains from your housewarming…which was four years ago.

    Fix: As pretty as it is plush, the Canopy rug from Angela Adams is hand-tufted from New Zealand wool, which is naturally stain-resistant.

    Find similar styles at AngelaAdams.com

  5. Clutter, Clutter Everywhere

    Photo by Target

    Problem: Your end table is cluttered with magazines, pens, and you’ve given up on where the remote control is hidden.

    Fix: This library-inspired Chunky side table from Target has a small drawer for stashing odds and ends -- and that certain TV essential.

    Find a similar style at Target.com.

  6. About That Sofa Color...

    Photo by EQ3

    Problem: You’ve settled for a futon cover in a color you’re not crazy about. Besides, sofas aren’t cheap.

    Fix: EQ3’s BYRD sofa comes in hundreds of fabric swatches to choose from--in colors like Pineapple, Kiwi, and Shimmer -- and starts at just $899.

    EQ3.com, $899

  7. Not Blinded by the Light

    Photo by CB2

    Problem: You know it's bad to strain your eyes reading in the dark, but the weak overhead lighting just isn't cutting it.

    Fix: An arc floor lamp from swivels for optimal light, so you can sprawl out on the sofa or curl up in your favorite chair.

    Find a similar style at CB2.com, $199

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