Ermengardi Bourdette. Living Room. December 01st , 2017.
Lamp shades are a great way of influencing light if you already have the right light fittings. You don't need to buy expensive lamp shades, just think about the likely effect on the room and make your decision from there.
The mantle should really have a rustic edge to it. If you have a traditional piece then try painting it a country kind of color. This would include a red or blue. Stay away from a stark white or black because this is too traditional and modern. You can even just sand down your paint job to really give it that rustic kind of effect. The wood of your mantle is also very important. In this case it should resemble an oak or a weathered kind of wood. Stay away from a more elegant cherry stain. It's also really important to consider what you hang over your mantle. This could be a humorous sign. You could also have a special family photo taken for the occasion. This could be a picture of everyone in cowboy hats. For more of an artistic flair you could just focus in on a line of cowboy boots. This is a way to get a totally unique family portrait that is also a conversation piece.
Even if you inherited from Aunt Kay and you aren't particularly keen on the style you can invest in slipcovers for the upholstered pieces in a neutral fabric to unify the pieces, then use your creatively through accents.
The more themes you incorporate, the more creative you will have to be but the process is basically the same. It will also depend how similar or different the themes are. Combining some themes like an Asian theme and Zen theme would be easier than a Zen theme with a rock-star theme. The primary task here is to identify the common factor in the living room ideas. For instance, in combing an Asian and Zen theme, you would incorporate a more natural Asian representation like bamboo, jade and the concept of feng shui. You could also incorporate meditation cushions that would be used in Zen lifestyle and simultaneously represents a classic Asian seating arrangement.
Consult your color wheel to choose an appropriate color scheme. Keep the colors in the same family unless your theme is rainbow. Sometimes contrast looks awesome. For instance a brightly colored, woven bohemian blanket would pop nicely against a modern, stark white couch.
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