My Living Room Redo: Warming Up with Reds & Browns
For the longest time I've leaned towards sleek and modern when it comes to interior design. Though in the last few years I've increasingly leaned towards traditional design. It started out innocently enough, with a few baskets here and there, then gradually advanced into something more serious, like dark brown leather and mission-style furniture. Before I know it, I'll have lace curtains and potpourri. Consider this a cry for help!
None the less, I love my new living room. I needed a fresh start, and I find that design is the best medicine for that. I wanted something more traditional, more cozy. My biggest challenge was how to incorporate red and green into my pre-existing blue color scheme. If you wish to incorporate several colors into one room, all you have to do is find one large piece like a painting or area rug that contains each the multiple colors you want to use.
An easy and inexpensive way to add color to a room is through small accessories, like throw pillows and candles. I still haven't tracked down a patterned pillow that is mixed with the right shades of red and blue, so I simply added solid red pillows with the blue ones I already had. Surprisingly, the colors go together very well and help tie in the rest of the room. My favorite piece is the vintage-inspired large wall clock. It takes the look of the room from being merely traditional and gives it an old-world feel. The lamp was a simple DIY project; I used metallic paint on my old lamp base and swapped out the lamp shade for a traditional shade in a golden-brown color. A very inexpensive way to add a cozy feel to a room is with candles. I use a combination of simple jar candles, pillar candles on pedestals, as well as wall sconces. On a rainy (or snowy) day in, there is nothing more cozy than a hot cup of tea and flickering candles.
Shop the Look
|19.25" Distressed Hand Carved Wooden Pedestal Pillar Candle Holder|
|Pillow Perfect Decorative Red Solid Toss Pillows, Square, 2-Pack|
|Table Lamp in Antique Gold|
|Jaipur Rugs Blue Party Navajo Marigold Rug 8' x 11'|
|IMAX, Large Wall Clock with Pendulum|