Have your guests seen all your decorating tricks? Use these easy groupings to spice up couch, a side table and wall space. Spicing up the party is still up to you.

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in February 2010.

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CLASSIC COMBO

Red and blue are a classic combo: Update it with a textured blue pillow and varied reds. The clock is a colorful burst, while the lamp's glow adds a soft balance.

Focus Wall Clock, $26, burkedecor.com
 Janice Lamp, $60, target.com
 Blue Pillow, $17, homegoods.com for stores

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UNEXPECTED

Jewel-toned purple and sunny yellow work well together because they're unexpected. The wall hanging is sweet and simple (for even more impact, hang three together). Cheerful blooms like daisies will pop in the vase, and a graphic yellow pillow will make the sofa pop, too.

Reiner Vases, $23 to $30, zgallerie.com
 Textile Wall Print, $30 each, threesheets2.com
 Ikat Pillow, $29, fabricadabra.us

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SOPHISTICATED

Bright colors can be sophisticated; just go bold in increments. The mirrors are playful and the pillow's optical illusion (a repeated greyhound silhouette) creates interest. Finally, wood candlesticks neutralize the bright hues.  

Mandara Candlesticks, from $32, aestheticmovement.com for stores
 Organic Greyhound Pillow in Raspberry, $38 (cover), $56 (with insert), humblecollection.com
 Bubble Dot Mirror Set, $69 for five pbteen.com

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