Good Questions: Can You Settle This Feud?

Good Questions: Can You Settle This Feud?

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 9, 2006

Hello AT,

My parents (living in the southwest and in their late 60's) have been feuding over armchairs. It's pathetic. They used to have matching light blue armchairs, but dad recently declared the arms to be "like knives" and they went to a nearby furniture store where he immediately fell in love with armchairs of a light brown color.

Mom wanted to keep looking and find chairs in a light blue instead, but dad won and the chairs were delivered that day. Now mom is sulking and has declared that the room has no color (brown armchairs, brown carpet, brownish wall) - she's got a point. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Jenny

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You have to admit, your dad is pushing hard into totally southwestern decor with the washed-out sandy beiges, but your mother is right. The room has no color at all and needs a kick. This room is like a white canvas with no paint on it. It looks like a doctor's office. However, we suspect that your father rather likes this and considers it calming (ours would).

Nevertheless, a surgical use of color would greatly improve this room by creating variation and contrast while actually improving the tone of the beige all around it. This is where we would begin.

1. the sandy beiges are basically warm in tone so we would inject a warm color, BUT - being the Southwest and super hot - we would also inject a little cooling color in there as well to balance it out.

2. The places to operate are: pillows in chairs (might be a hard sell), lamp and lampshade, and possibly a small throw rug.

3. Insert small Kilim rug with soft, warm reds, organges and dark browns on floor in front of chairs.

4. Insert new orange lamp with dark brown shade to provide contrast.

5. Insert soft, red throw blanket over back of one chair.

Anyone else??

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