One Living Room, Three Ways
You can change the entire feel of a room by bringing in one new
piece and then reworking the room around it. This makeover started
with a one-of-a-kind Victorian chair I spotted at a garage sale.
Its rich, red velvet upholstery inspired me to create a bit of romance
in this room, which I reinforced by throwing a rose-toned quilt
on the sofa. By simply adding a few other styling elements and replacing
the coffee table with an antique-looking trunk, the room took on
a softer and more romantic feel. The details:
Two-Tone Color Palette: I used a red-and-cream
theme and added a third color, green, as an accent with drapes and
floral hatboxes. You can do the same by looking around your house
for items that match your palette, then grab a pillow, throw or
dish in each color. You'll be surprised at what you find. Once your
two-tone base is established, you can start trying additional colors
as accents; it will be easy to see whether or not they work.
Sofa Resuscitation: In addition to the rose-toned
quilt, I updated this sofa with some pillows in hues of pink and
red to help to warm it up and give it a cozy look. You can also
change the style of your sofa by adding a bed cover, throw or slipcover.
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