Decorating & Furniture/what colors to use


We recently bought house open floor plan. living room/family room has twal black and cream drapes. The walls behind the drapes are black. The rest of the walls are cream. The floors are dark hard wood. We have a new paisley chair and sofa. {new that we had bought before we bought this house. The colors in the sofa are mostly burgundy and cream with small amount of black. Is there a way we can bring all this together. We cant afford to make major changes right now.

It sounds like you have a great start -- black, cream and black. If you like all of those colors I would keep up with that combination. If you want to add in touches of green that would work also (just be sure to add 2 - 3 pieces to make an impact). You could also add those in seasonally.

Add in metals and other woods (although not too light) and you will create a visually-appealing space.


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April Force Pardoe


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