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Reader Q&A: Living Rooms

We asked our readers to tell us what dilemmas they face concerning their living rooms. Read on as we dive into 3 different questions concerning colors, pillows and furniture arrangements!

Living Room #1

Living Room

Question: "Do you have any ideas on what colors, patterns and combinations to use for throw pillows if I go with pink accent chairs?" -Nicky

Answer: Definitely! This room is off to a great start and pillows will help finish off the room. The majority of the pillows we suggest on the sofa are neutral but full of pattern to add dimension and texture without being overpowering in the room. The pink floral pillow adds just the right amount of feminine to the space. Last, add a velvet teal pillow to the chaise for a pop of color that coordinates well with the pink.

Blush Chair
Antelope Pillow
Blush Velvet Pillow
Beige Chevron Pillow
Turquoise Lumbar Pillow

To give you another option, the accent chair comes in a navy color as well. In this option, the blue adds more contrast to the room. More pink is incorporated into the pillows so if you want more pink pillows, I suggest this second option to not overwhelm the room with too much pink. The ultimate goal in both of these options are to spread the color evenly around the room.

Navy Chair
Blush Watercolor Pillow
Blush Floral Pillow
Striped Pillow

Living Room #2

Living Room

Question: “This wall is huge but slanted. I have no clue how to decorate it. Help!” -Anna

Answer: Decorate it like you would any other wall because the more attention you draw to the slant, the more you will notice it. First, create a focal point. The focal point we created in this design is the bookshelf because it adds height and provides an opportunity to personalize the space with decor. Next, add symmetry with matching pillows and artwork flanking the bookshelf. Last, add a fun and unexpected element like the unique floor lamp that layers over the artwork. Now, you have a decorated space that will draw attention to the furniture and decor, instead of drawing attention to the slanted ceiling!

Living Room Solution
Bookcase
Botanical Prints
Glass Jugs
Floral Pillow
Arched Floor Lamp
Wire Baskets
Woven Baskets
Wood Boxes
Black Vase

Living Room #3

Living Room

Question: "I’m trying to decide the best configuration for our living room couches (L-shape or face each other), what do you think would work best?" -Kate

Answer: Honestly, both configurations would work in the room. However, my first choice would be to face each other (option 1). I like this furniture arrangement because it gives symmetry to the room and creates a distinct separation from the dining area with the back of the couch. Adding an area rug and a coffee table will really help pull this floor plan all together and feel cozy. Option 2 is also a great choice. If you don’t plan on getting a coffee table and/or rug, I prefer option 2 because it creates a cozy feel by making the floor plan feel more connected.

Living Room Layout
Living Room Layout
Espresso square coffee table
Contemporary square coffee table
Lacquer trays
Faux houseplant
Bronze loop sculpture
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