By Manu Marianne. Living Room. Published at Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 - 12:58:04 PM.
This traditional living room, with its inclusion of natural elements and textures, also has elements of the coastal style. Its neutral color palette is far from boring. The textures - like in the curtains, baskets and wall surfaces - and small pops of pattern add visual interest and keep this room from feeling undecorated or mundane. The black coffee table, fireplace and throw pillows ground this room and add visual weight and movement at eye level, and the dark contrast completes this living room color scheme.
Side tables tend to be an afterthought but they're actually very important. The number you need will depend on how much seating you have. Everyone should be able to comfortably set down a drink without having to get up and walk over to a table. Try to have one on either side of the sofa (unless there isn't enough space – in this case people can use the coffee table), and between pairs of chairs. The key is to have enough surface space without overcrowding the room. The tables should be approximately the same height as the arm of the chair or sofa they're next to.
Choosing a paint color is something a lot of people struggle with, and if there’s one thing that most people do wrong, it’s choosing the paint color first. Painting is relatively easy (painting can be a pain, but it’s not difficult), and it’s inexpensive, so choose your more expensive pieces first and then choose a color based on them.
If you’re on a budget then plants are probably the way to go, but if you don’t mind spending a little money on a regular basis, fresh flowers are fantastic. Floral arrangements, no matter what their size, breathe instant life into a room and look stunning on coffee tables and mantles. (Tip: if you’re placing an arrangement on a coffee table keep it low so as not to overwhelm or block sight lines). The other thing that’s great about flowers is that they’re good for experimenting with colors that wouldn’t normally go together. You can add flowers of any color to any room and they’ll pretty much always look great.
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