By Manya Matveev. Living Room. Friday, September 15th 2017, 11:52:38 AM.
Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again, and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Persian rug. Their intricate patterns and warm colors give any space a homey feel, as well as a touch of exoticism. Plus, these traditional rugs work equally well laid over wooden floorboards, stone or carpet. Period settings are their natural habitat, but they can also cozy up a modern space. For a tapestry effect, mix several smaller rugs, as seen here. The most skilfully handwoven rugs can be pricey, but purse‐friendly designs are not hard to find.
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).