Pulling it together
There are lots of great ideas to take away from the new room setting I did for the day job. First, using 2 smaller scale sofas facing each other is perfect for creating balance. This is set up works great if you've got 2 focal points across from each other (fireplace/window and TV). The sofas here are in a neutral khaki which is the perfect backdrop for the red pillows and artwork. Think of it like wearing a tan coat with a red scarf.
Note the variety of textures used--sisal, velvet, leather, tweed, glass, wood. The accessories all add a lot of interest without looking fussy. Glass hurricanes with candles or, in this case, seasonal fruit, are an easy centerpiece. Also notice the odd numbered arrangment on the coffee table (odd numbers are much easier to work with) all at different heights.
I spent a bit of time on the art arrangment over the sofa. I wanted to bring down the formality of the room (pairs tend to lend themselves to a more formal appearance) so I did something asymmetrical. I also like the combination of hung pieces and art leaning on the shelves. I kept in in the same color palatte so that it would enhance and not detract from the fabrics. This is important in a smaller space. A mirror would have also worked in this arrangement, too.
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