Decorating & Furniture/Making a room bolder


My house has what I would peg as a very old south look to it with a lot of mardi gras paraphernalia all over the place. The main colors are deep brown, gold, powder blue, and taupe. I think it's beautiful but I find it just a tad too "soft", so I really want to pump it up a bit with some bold color (deep red?) and gothic flair. How would you suggest doing this?
Here are a couple pictures of our living room to show what we have now. Though I think it looks much better in person, and I plan on adding a lot more plants.

Hi Antoinette, If you want to add a bold red, I would suggest you paint the wall behind your fireplace in that colour. You may even try painting your fireplace in a deep charcoal gray to compliment the red.    Bring in some more accents of red through accessories and throw pillow throughout the rest of your space.   
I also offer an 'Ask the Decorator' service on my website. I would be happy to be of further assistance to you if needed.
Thank you, for your time.

Shamim Razvi
The Eighth Haven

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I can answer anything in general about decorating, i.e. Space planning,colour co-ordinating, furniture placement, choosing the most suitable accessories,fabrics,lighting, window, wall and floor treatments. I cannot answer questions about structural or architectural changes.


I have been decorating for the past five years and running my own decorating business: The Eighth Haven,, for over a year.

I am a graduate of QC Design School, in the field of Professional Design and Decorating as a certified Interior Decorator and Professional Colour Consultant.

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