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Hi Andrea-
We have a black leather sectional in our 13'x21' living room.  We plan on making two separate areas and need advice on other materials, metals, woods, etc that will go with what we already have.  I was thinking a glass top coffee table, a contemporary patterned rug, definitely some big green plants.  What else do you recommend?  One area is the sitting/TV area and the other side is for a computer and perhaps a chair or two.  We basically have a blank slate.  Would a wood/black computer desk be all right?  We have a large picture window that has sheers; would valances make sense? I hope I gave you enough information.  Thank you for your help!

Hi Heather

I think you are right to look at a glass table and also agree that a black computer desk would be good.

With a plain room, one option to add color is to use a bright piece of abstract art - it doesn't have to be expensive, a nicely framed print will do.  This page may give you some ideas:

If you feel that the window area looks a little bare then a valance may be a good option and you might like to have a look at this:

as a contemporary alternative.

Kind regards,


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Andrea Elliston


I am happy to answer questions regarding decorating, use of colour, soft furnishings ideas etc. I love quick and easy ideas that help people like me - short of time, money and sewing skills! I own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit


I have been involved in the decoration and preparation of a number of vacation rental properties where making a property look a million dollars whilst only spending a few pounds is very important.

I have had a number of articles printed and have been prolific on various vacation home owner forums. A lot of my ideas are featured on my website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

My whole career has been in the travel industry working everywhere from UK travel agencies and London Heathrow Airport to a 5 star European resort - La Manga Club. I have extensive experience with vacation rental property and own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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