Good Questions: Temporary Fix to Brighten This Room Up?

Good Questions: Temporary Fix to Brighten This Room Up?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 29, 2008

Dear AT,

Classic story of boy and girl move in together and boy brings huge, black leather couch into girl's pretty white living room.

Here's the situation- our living room is in desperate need of color.

We cannot spend money on new furniture right now, so what's there will be there for at least another year.

We need a temporary fix to brighten the room up...

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As you can see from the pics, the floor is light wood, the coffee table and tv table are dark wood, and the elephant in the room is the giant black couch.

The rest of the room is white and has some pretty details-crown moldings, vault ceiling, mantle with built in bookshelves.

The only color that exists in the room is the tile under the mantle-a pretty grey/green/blue color.

How do I jazz up the room while keeping our current furniture?

I was thinking of maybe painting the coffee table and tv table a color and adding a rug, some throw pillows, and some art to the while walls?

Or maybe we should paint the walls?

Can white, brown, and black coexist in a non-drab way in a living room?

Thanks! Laura

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