Choose elements that are neither harsh nor extreme. If this is going to be the primary space for guests, avoid colors that are too severe or gender specific as these could alienate some of your guests. Primary colors and neutrals are always a safe bet. Lighter, brighter colors work best in when used sparingly.
Cushion backed sofas are a big hit this season and, unsurprisingly, they feature heavily in the new designs for the L shaped sofa this season. These are great sofas for those who want to curl up in style.
If you are living in a shared house with your friends, assign specific tasks to each member of the home as this helps in avoiding unwanted hassle and tussles during cleaning. Assign everyone a task that they are more or less comfortable with. You can switch chores with your friends once in a while, if you start feeling bored with your regular task.
Speaking of unsightly items, nothing conceals them quite like a screen. The decorative screens in the room below add an artistic element to the space.
It is worth it if you love the Olympics. You will have fun reminiscing over the 1904 Summer Olympics, or more correctly, the Games of the III Olympiad. Held in St. Louis, Missouri, the marathon was talked about for years. Look up Frederick Lorz, the presumed winner (until someone outed him for his practical joke) and you will have a great story with which to impress your friends. You can tell them the trunk whispered this tale to you.
Another key element is life and lots of it. Add a couple of house plants here and there to liven up your living space, and flowers to bring you joy. While fresh cut flowers can make a beautiful arrangement, planted flowers or bonsais are a gift that will keep on giving possibly even year round. However, if indoor flora will induce an allergy attack for you or someone in your family, fake it with synthetic plants and floral prints.