Good Questions: Ideas to Pull this Room Together?

Good Questions: Ideas to Pull this Room Together?

Aaron Able
Mar 31, 2009
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Hi Apartment Therapy — I've spent some time and money acquiring nice furniture and artwork and now I need the help to bring the styles together to feel unified. My style is a mix between contemporary and traditional, leaning more towards clean lines and subtle pops of color, while still creating a very relaxed, comfy theme. I love Candace Olsen and how she transforms a room into something breathtaking and relaxing. Can someone help me determine what accessories to use in the room? I also want to begin pulling out the teal, red, gold colors in the pic above the couch and carrying it throughout the room, but since the living room shows straight into the dining room, I want to make sure the rooms don't clash. I also need help figuring out what to do above the TV and what type of art to use in the entry way. Any ideas would be great, thank you!!

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You have worked to pull together some lovely things, but in doing so, you have played it very safe. Now, you're bored by the safety of beige! The easiest way for you to pull together your rooms is by adding an area rug in the living room. Something dark would work best to anchor the space and add some contrast to all the existing neutrals (furniture, walls, carpet). You can go more traditional, but this would be a good place for a modern punch — and it's a great way to pull in the red, teal, and gold you've started with. A second (but different) area rug in the dining room would help this idea even further. The furniture is similar enough to unite the two rooms as one, but different rugs would allow you to break out of the beige box even more.

As far as accessories go, I would think about adding some vertical elements. This can be done with vertically hung artwork, tall mirrors, tall floorlamps or large plants. The key is to move the eye up from the dark furniture that tends to keep your eye very low to the ground.

Who else has ideas?

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