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Conduct a Brown Inventory
Chances are, there's one color that's quietly overtaking your living room, because it goes with any color scheme and hides stains, but too much of it could be making the place look dated and, well, lair-like. "You shouldn't have more than three or four brown items in any room, including wooden floors or dark carpets, yet so many people do," says Olga Naiman, a stylist whose work has been featured in House Beautiful, Veranda and Real Simple. Count the items in the color and choose the three or so to keep. The rest? Paint them, reupholster them (Naiman recommends other spill-camouflaging neutrals like olive green, khaki or gray) or move them to another room.