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.
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.
Give newspapers and magazines a temporary home. One neat basket of magazines or newspapers looks fine – a table strewn with them, not so much. Dedicate one generously sized basket to house periodicals, and commit to weeding out old issues when they no longer comfortably fit in the container.