Good Questions: Help Me Warm Up my Living Room in Sweden?

Good Questions: Help Me Warm Up my Living Room in Sweden?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 25, 2007

Hello AT,

I'm a student and have decided to take a minimalistic (cheap) approach to my decorating. I'm a little bit wimpy when it comes to color and accents so I don't have much to offer in that department.

I got these pillow cases at IKEA that I LOVE and now I've decided to base my whole color scheme on it. I want my living room to be warm and inviting, and as you can see in my pictures, it's definitely not. So I need advice on how to spice things up!...

I want to do this with lighting, different materials and colorful accents but as I'm on a budget and have a limited as just stopped here and I can't seem to take it a step further.


Sara in Sweden

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Dear Sara,

Pillows are your friends. On your budget you need more of them to bring some strong color into your home. In addition, while you like the warmth of the pillows, you should note that the other colors in your living room are "cool". This is the reason it lacks warmth and why you need to not only add more warm colors, but also consider removing some of the "cool" tones. For more on this see: AT on: Warm & Cool People, and Apartment Therapy on Color 101: Cool Colors & Warm Colors.

The biggest ways to get a bump in color in one room are through pillows, artwork and rugs. In your situation, we'd first go for the pillows, then look at investing in a nice, warm rug and then think about art. The furniture is all fine as is.

Anyone else???

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