Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Keep a little‐stuff drawer. Notice I did not say "junk drawer". Every room has small items that need a home and a well‐organized drawer can be a smart place to put them. It's only a junk drawer if you think of it that way! Unless you are already using a storage ottoman as a junk drawer (see No. 3) find a drawer in a console table credenza or chest to hold small stuff such as charging cords pens stamps and scissors.
Matching lamps anchor each end of the cabinet top; they are an uncanny match to the painting. "When I found these I knew they would be key pieces to the room. They are showstoppers" Ricco says. The warm bronze on the base and hardware is part of a wide variety of mixed metals in the room while the light base stands out against the dark cabinet. The etching even mimics the artwork. The cabinet lamps and painting serve as the main focal point in the room.
Go large. Small knickknacks can look rather lost and insignificant on a mantelpiece. The solution? Choose chunky oversized pieces that are guaranteed to make an impact. Here a kind of gothic‐meets‐pop‐art look gives this mantelpiece masses of original style. The hot‐pink letters add a zingy focal point against the gray backdrop and prevent the skull and statues from looking too intimidating.
Chesterfield sofa. It's an ongoing favorite in fashionable bars and boutique hotels and no wonder. With their clean lines and comfort button‐backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode. The classic version comes in tan leather but for a sumptuous update I love the raspberry‐pink and pewter‐colored velvet numbers here.
Solid neutrals. You can't miss with a pair of armchairs upholstered in natural linen and a light rug. Mixing patterns with the throw pillows brings a bit of interest to the room but keeping them in the neutral range means they will all go effortlessly together.
Put some "speed bumps" in your entry. If your front door opens directly into your living room it's all too easy (especially at the end of a long day) to zoom through the entry and plop down on the sofa leaving a trail of bags shoes and mail as you go. Slow the pace of entry by putting in some strategically placed "speed bumps" along the way – a bench to sit on to take off your shoes hooks and floating shelves on the wall a sofa table with storage below and a tray for collecting mail can all help.
Crystal chandelier. It might be all about low‐slung pendants and marquee lights right now but a crystal chandelier is never dated. More than a mere light it adds instant sparkle glamour and just a smidgen of grandeur to any space. Even a budget model – as opposed to an original French rewired antique – gives that extra je ne sais quoi. Don't automatically choose bronze by the way. The jewel‐like version here perks up a plain ceiling and echoes other colors in the room.
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