Is it time your living room got a fresh look? The perfect time is now, before school starts again and the holidays are looming on the horizon. And to help you decide what and how to update, we – along with one of our favorite designers, Candice Olson – are pleased to offer some general advice gleaned from her TV shows and our past design projects.
Color It New
One of the easiest ways to create a dramatic change in your living room is by opting for a new color scheme. Start with the biggest feature, such as a fireplace, and spruce up the surface with mosaic tiles in shades of the fresh palette you’ve got in mind. Then head to the walls with a warm hue of paint, using one of the tile colors as inspiration. Chocolate brown and charcoal are two of Candice’s favorites. Of course, here in San Diego, marine neutrals such as a soft misty blue or sand-inspired lemongrass are always in style.
They also provide the perfect backdrop for your new sofa, such as this Candice Olson sofa named “Reeves” upholstered in a gorgeous shade of purple leather.
With those bold colors throughout the room, picking a window covering that uses a pattern of two or three of those toned-down shades, such as ivory and soft gray, provides the perfect complement to larger features and furnishings.
Seating Pieces with Style
Perhaps one of the best features of the Candice Olson sofa collection from Highland House is that the seating pieces are meant to be used. They are both comfortable and durable, made for families and designed for modern lifestyles with kid-friendly upholstery options and cozy shapes. This Kino sofa is an excellent example of a seating piece that looks great while being built to last.
Candice maintains that “you can never have enough seating.” In addition to a sofa or two, add lots of chairs. This provides extra seating that is easy to rearrange on a whim. Just imagine four of these Pyper chairs being brought into a circle around the fireplace of a picture window for guests while hosting a party. When not in use, they can be pushed back against the walls or used in a home office.
A pair of lamps with drum shades on either of the sofa provide muted lighting in a stylish manner. Add a contemporary coffee table and a neutral area rug to finish off the seating area and bring more warmth to the room.
Of course, the most important feature of your living room is a sofa that fits your interior décor, your sense of style and the purpose for which you use the room. Whether you’ve got an active family or your household is much smaller, there is sure to be a Candice Olson sofa in a “traditional meets contemporary” style that will look gorgeous in your home. Come in to Sofa Designers’ showroom today and let’s talk about the possibilities.