This readers question is such a great example of a lesson we can all learn from because I think we can get a little too used to looking at our own stuff and stop seeing it objectively.
The answer here is not an inexpensive fix, but if you want to move forward, start counting colours in your space. Sometimes, there’s just too many and that’s why you can’t find that elusive carpet to pull it all together.
My living room floor has been bare for years because I cannot choose a rug color or style. The problem is it’s close proximity and openness to my dining room which has a very colorful rug and is very unique to that space.
I finally decided what style I love and want for the livingroom which is Hollywood Regency…mirrors, metals, gold, silvers, crystals pattern and textures and as you see I have a long way to go still.
I really like chevron, moroccan and trellis or similar geometric patterns from that era but I don’t know if I should because of the rug in the dining room. I’m also giving myself headache’s trying to decide on a color, should it be gold, red, black/white, cream, white…I just don’t know.
Also the two chairs are throwing me off because of it’s color and pattern, I’m open to reupholstering them or replacing them altogether because they’re at least 10 years old. Your help is appreciated. Kim
Hi Kim, I love your light-filled living room!
You are right, it’s the black chairs that don’t work (yet) because the area rug in your dining room has 4-5 colours in it and not a stitch of black.
Your dining room chairs look pink beige in this image so you should switch them out to coordinate with the colour scheme as well. It also appears as if there’s no yellow in the rug either, so although yellow works with those colours, it starts looking a little like you’ve just moved in and haven’t replaced the drapes yet.
I would also eliminate the green ottoman, and all your toss cushions because everything is basically solid here and your ottoman should be a pattern that introduces the other colours in the room. Four solid colours is too many.
And this advice is for everyone, if you buy a sofa and it comes with two matching toss cushions, get rid of them immediately. Cushions or throw pillows make a living room and the matching ones add zero appeal to the finished look.
If you are going for Hollywood glam I would replace your area rug (which is not glam) and dining chairs since you have a lot of silk drapery and I’m guessing you won’t want to replace them.
One more thing, a more interesting, sparkly chandelier (above) would be better suited for the look you’re creating.
Here are some of my suggestions for area rugs, dining chairs and accent furniture. Your end table is too small and would look better if it was square instead of round.
Hope this helps!
Red is so strong that too much of it can be overpowering, here are some more rooms that I think are very skillfully decorated using red:
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
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