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My living room has a vaulted ceiling with a loft, crown moulding and chair railing, two large windows facing east and two large windows facing south with a fireplace on west side and opening into dining room on north side.  Blue berber carpet with specks of white, tan and brown.  Two large ivory leather couches and a taupe recliner with a large black entertainment center.  No other furniture although I would like to get a coffee table (black?).  
I want new curtains, pillows and am not sure what to paint below and above the chair rail let alone the crown moulding.  I am open to any ideas that would tie in with the black, ivory and blue.

Hi Lezlie,

There are so many options here. A tan or brown paint below the chair rail with a blue above it would look nice. Or go with a dk blue on the bottom and a blue two or three shades lighter above the chair rail. You could leave all the moldings ivory for contrast. A black coffee table would pull the black in. Look for curtains that have a blue, tan/brown, ivory/white, black mixed pattern. If you go with a solid try to coordinate with whatever you choose as the wall color.

Yours for a luxe life,
Susan Matthews  

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Susan Matthews


I'm here to help you create a luxe look by making the most of any room within any budget. I welcome questions about furniture placement, colors, style, accessories and more.


I am a guest host and lifestyle expert for QVC - the premier home shopping network. I'm trained in redesign which entails using what you already own to create a new look. I own Decorvention - a redesign company based in the Philadelphia area. My articles have been published in national and regional publications.

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