Natural tones. The fireplace mantel in this living room invites you to sit down and read awhile by the fire. The timber shelving unit ties in with shelving used elsewhere in the room – a nifty trick to prevent fireside storage that looks like it doesn't belong.
The listening cabinet's front panels are a light wash in gray‐brown tones that keep the room from being too weighed down by wood. The cabinet has a classic look with updated detailing; the double ring pulls bring in a few curves and another metal finish.
Neutrals with texture blue and red. Grass cloth wallpaper and burlap shades add texture and warmth helping a redbrick fireplace settle into the space. Wood furniture close to the darkest tones in the brick also helps. Larger amounts of blue in a rug and pillows and just a dash of red make for a classic nautical look.
Same material different patterns. The weight and texture of a fabric is key – choosing a similar type of fabric for accent pillows poufs and chairs can help make your striped sofa fit in. For example in the space shown here a rough textured striped sofa is accented with a few equally nubby pillows and a kilim pouf. If you have a fine linen sofa try pairing it with cotton voile pillows; a velvet sofa would call for something thick and luxurious like wool (or more velvet).
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).
Matching striped upholstery and solid pillows. Have your armchairs covered in identical striped fabric as the sofa and finish the look off with a cluster of solid‐hued pillows.
Moroccan pouf. It's that age‐old problem: where to prop your feet when you're relaxing on the sofa? The obvious solution is a Moroccan leather pouf. Simple and compact these versatile little seats work surprisingly well in a variety of settings not just souk‐style rooms. Here a pair of brown leather poufs adds impact next to a plain corner sofa complementing the sophisticated design scheme brilliantly.
Metallics. Gleaming silver burnished bronze and shiny gold work as neutrals and do a brilliant job of livening up a dull room. If you feel your space needs a bit of a boost try pairing your striped sofa with a metallic leather pouf sculptural metal coffee table wire chair or gleaming silver pendant lamp.
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