Here's a detailed question about adding that missing "something" into a room of one of our readers, Kim, who participated in the last Cure (and to wonderful results, from what we've see):
Hi AT, I'm looking for some ideas for polishing my newly cured front entry room. Except for the pastel high-desert landscape above the sofa, the art hung to the left and the right of the sofa are temporary (and not even well hung, for that matter). I'd like to reframe/remat the landscape so that it has a larger foot print, but am unsure about what color the mat should be...
- I think the cocktail table needs a different display accent. Maybe oversized art books?
- Other? I can't put my finger on it, but it needs something. Plants usually die in this room. It faces north so tucking a plant into a corner here or there is truly a death sentence. Maybe the beaded lampshade should be exchanged for something in a dark teal for more contrast?
Our personal opinion Kim is you need to bring a little colour onto the walls, drawing from the shades that grace your rug, pillows or the artwork already up. A lighter shade similar to your rug with a tinge of gray in it will really bring out the colours of your darker furniture without veering too far from your current palette; currently everything disappears into one another due to the overall neutrality of the furniture and wall colour. Painting your walls is affordable and also will compliment the window coverings. We'd also personally love to see the artwork up over the couch replaced with something larger, such as a mirror, a larger dimensional piece of art (or like you mention, reframing it) or multiple elements staged as a group. As of now, the artwork above is floating too much by itself and brings too much attention to itself.
Readers, what do you think? What other elements do you think could help this room? Items to decorate her table top (we'd love to see a complimenting floral display or even a terrarium).