By Edda Braune. Living Room. Friday, October 06th 2017, 07:41:07 AM.
Use baskets. If you want a neater living room make friends with baskets. But before you shop for baskets figure out what you really want to keep in the living room (see No. 6) so you can choose the right ones for the job. Toys are best in open baskets because they make it easier for little ones to find what they are looking for; personal documents and messy‐looking items are better stowed in lidded baskets. And remember to measure your shelves before shopping; you don't want to come home with a carload of new organizing supplies only to find they don't fit.
Warm gray. For a contemporary twist paint the walls around your redbrick fireplace warm gray. A gray that is too cool or flat would not work as well but with a bit of warmth gray complements rather than competes with brick.
Choose bilevel furniture. Clear surfaces look great – but let's face it they are hard to keep clear. One way to solve that problem is by picking out coffee and side tables with a lower shelf. You can spread out your stuff when you're home alone and then stack it up and stash it on the bottom shelf when company comes.
Retro sideboard. It might not feel as key as a coffee table or sofa but a stylish vintage sideboard transforms the look of a living room (and keeps clutter at bay too). Here a midcentury number adds a quirky retro attitude and provides a handy surface for showing off precious ornaments and pictures. For a timeless look stick to warm woods such as teak or rosewood.
The Greek‐key‐patterned pillow above combines many of the elements used in the room. It's a classic print that has a modern graphic look. The pewter beading detail and champagne color bring in the gray‐brown tones used throughout the room.
Dusty blue. Like warm gray dusty shades of blue work well with most tones of red brick complementing rather than competing with them. In this kitchen a brick oven is surrounded by dusty blue painted cabinets a warm cherry island counter and chandeliers for a bit of sparkle. Pale dusty‐blue walls look stunning in this bedroom around a brick fireplace. Off‐white trim and distressed white furniture looks richer than pure white.
Perfect symmetry. Just because you love minimalist design doesn't mean you have to go without when it comes to storage. This unit combines ample space in the lower cabinets with plenty of display space above. The natural timber contrasts nicely with the tiles wrapping around the fireplace surround. For a polished and professional‐looking finish custom‐made cabinets are often the way to go. The cabinets work so well here because they align precisely with the top of the fireplace.
Leather club armchair. Fancy the private members' club look? Then opt for a classic deep‐seated leather armchair like this one; the more battered the better. Buy secondhand for extra lived‐in character or source a vintage‐look piece about town (feather‐filled cushions offer an added slouch factor). Prettify it with a floral cushion then sit back and relax with a cuppa (or glass of port).