Hello, everyone! It’s time for your chance at FREE interior design advice… let’s talk design projects! A new year is here, and with it a fresh start. Looking for advice on exterior home finishes or interior design? Welcome to the weekly Design Dialogue!
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Earlier this week, Swimmy sent in this question:
“I got this for Christmas: tv stand and coffee table[img]http://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/nittorp-tv-unit__0186645_PE338824_S4.JPG[/img] and [img]http://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/vittsjo-nesting-tables-set-of-__0135349_PE292040_S4.JPG[/img]
Which, the coffee table is almost the same height..in a small apartment it looks awkward.
To make matters worse..my sofa is this:
Which a rug and chair that match those accent pillows.
How on earth can I make them mesh without buying an entire new living room set? Any tips on redesigning this on a budget?”
I’ll be back to offer some thoughts…
I think the best way to tie everything together is with color. The aqua from the tv stand needs to be brought into the sofa and into the other elements of the room. A touch of it on a decorative pillow, a piece of wall art, or an accessory on the table will help bring things together a bit.
I can see what you mean on the height of your furniture – the case pieces (tables and tv stand) seem much the same, which can get monotonous. To vary the height a bit and add a focal point, you could paint the wall behind the tv in an accent color – even if it is just a darker version of the wall color you already have.
Another way to bring height to an item is to install shelves above it. Wall shelves installed above your television will add height and function – almost making it look like a larger, built-in piece.
Or, consider installing ceiling-height draperies behind or to the sides of the tv stand. Lining the wall with fabric will accent it and serve to add height to that end of the room.
I hope these ideas give you some inspiration!