Good Questions: Adding Color to a Neutral Living Room?

ATDC reader Kate needs help adding color to her new living room:

"My husband and I recently moved into a small cottage-style home in College Park. In my frenzied anticipation, I went ahead and had some of our furniture reupholstered before the move - a regrettable decision, as the light in the new place is most certainly not what it was in the old. Although I have (sort of) come to love the different beiges and creams in the space, I think it still looks like I made fabric choices under the influence. Any suggestions on how to tie the room together without breaking the bank?"

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Kate,
We love the fireplace and the floors in your new place, and can't wait to see more pictures! Have you considered a colorful area rug to help anchor your living room? The mirrored coffee table would reflect the colors of the rug and help make for a nice pop in front of the fireplace.

Readers, do you have any advice for Kate and her husband in their new house?

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