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I’m starting a new series, I’ve been answering random questions in my Ask Maria posts for a few years and I thought I’d switch it up a little and instead focus on rooms that are BOTHERING you.
I often receive emails where readers are stuck, and this could be for one of three reasons:
You decided (or perhaps were forced because of budget) to keep something that you didn’t love and you started building the entire room around it and now you’re not happy with how it’s looking and don’t know what to do next.
Decorating is not your gift (just like accounting and bookkeeping is definitely NOT mine) and you’ve bought a few things, perhaps stuck to neutrals hoping that would be safe and now the room is just blah and you don’t know what to do next.
You’ve moved into a house that is perfect size for what you need, perhaps it’s in a great neighbourhood for your kids but the style is different from what you’ve ever had before, you’ve started decorating but now you’re just stumped.
If you fall into any of these 3 categories, and have a room that you’re stuck on, email a photo here taken without flash and in good natural light. Clean it up as well, it won’t make it on the blog if it’s hard to see what you’re talking about because the room is a disaster.
I’ve seen literally thousands of living rooms over the years in every size and style so it’s easy for me to spot what might be making you lose sleep at night.
Her question was basically this:
“Maria, how can I make this rug work? I’m worried it was the wrong choice and it was $10,000. After reading your blog for days, I’m convinced you’re the only one who can help me! I’ll buy new black ones if you think that will work but right now I’m looking at some off-white fabric samples.”
Your floors are very dark so I would not recommend more black, especially since your piano is also black which makes the room feel heavy. I would love to see you introduce some colour, like a strong yellow or teal or green or fuscia or purple to balance the large scale geometric pattern in the rug.
Pink with large scale geometric (interior by Kelly Wearstler)
“This means the french chairs probably have to go somewhere else (or if they stay in the room, they can’t be the focal point like they are now) as well your glass table should be switched out for something more solid looking to tone down the large pattern.
Right now your rug looks too modern with your more traditional living room, etc, but that’s also because your rug looks new while everything else looks old in comparison.”
via Elle Decor
“Once you add the right colourful sofa in there, with perhaps some chairs that have another pattern but in a larger scale as well (above) it will work.”
If you want to go with an off-white sofa, make sure you balance the black with amazing pillows and artwork like the first inspiration picture in this post!
So if you have a room that’s bothering you, send me a photo here. It doesn’t count if you need an area rug for example and you don’t know which one, I can help you find one in a consultation but it doesn’t fit into the “This room is bothering me” series, hope that makes sense.