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Need help please with colour
February 23, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My living room lacks colour. I 'm not changing the wallpaper. I am wondering what colour accessories cushions vases etc would make it look more wow. Thanks.
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Without seeing the rest of your room it is hard to say. But if you are working with the wallpaper then you need to incorporate that palette into the rest of your design.

I see black, gold, creams and soft greys. This translates into a monochrome design with focus on texture: brass or gold shiny accents, muted sheens such as a suede or microfibre grey sofa or curtains that could pick out the colour in your flowers but still reflect light.

I would definitely remove your striped cushions: the pattern is too bold and the white is harsh compared to the flowers behind it. The black circular cushion is a step in the right direction for visual cues on texture - but on the wrong piece of furniture.
You need to bring in more light to create a contrast here.
Here is an example of balanced monochrome design:

February 23, 2013 at 2:49AM     
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I agree, something towards yellow and gold taken from the color of the wallpaper.

February 23, 2013 at 5:46AM     
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Thanks for the ideas. The room is dark all year. And it's L shaped. I'm hoping to liven it up a bit more. Hope these pics help
February 23, 2013 at 7:19AM   
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You have some lovely items here already - so this is good bones to work with.
Above all you need a cream carpet to bring in the light. Find one that has a high sheen (like a shaggy silk thread rug).

There is no contrast in this room. Take a photo of it and turn it to black and white. You will immediately see where the dark areas that need lightening up.

I like your lamps. What I would make a point of looking for are textures and fabrics in the pale gold accents that you have there - these will not only lighten the place up but tie everything in.

I am not sure what the dining room chairs are doing where they are - is there a table I am missing. What is the layout of this room?
February 23, 2013 at 7:24AM     
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Not this colour but this texture for your rug
Living Detail
Also look at this article for some ideas
Ideabook: Color: Taking Home the Gold
February 23, 2013 at 7:27AM     
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The layout is the same minus my dining room chairs ( dining room in the middle of decorating). I will have a look at the pics in black and white. I actually have a large shiny champagne coloured rug in my bedroom. The walls are painted brilliant white. Should I paint these cream do you think. I'm getting inspired now thanks.
February 23, 2013 at 7:37AM   
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Yes - pick out the cream from the flowers - the white is too harsh for your wallpaper and your furnishings. Great news you are inspired!!! Best of luck on this project!
February 23, 2013 at 7:56AM     
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Thank you for your time and great advice. When it's finished I will post a photo. Thanks again.
February 23, 2013 at 8:02AM     
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Gold. Or at least a brown that looks like gold.
February 24, 2013 at 2:40AM     
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if you want to add color, salmon looks great with black and silver (grey)
February 24, 2013 at 3:55AM     
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