Decorating & Furniture/Living/Familyroom


Our living room area is 224". Split-level raised ranch problem, no full walls. Very difficult room. However, we purchased a black leather sofa, contemporary in style/and a wide screen tv which will go one the half wall adjacent to the front stairs and entrance foyer.  Would like a more masculine/contemporary color scheme. I also like Feng Shui, with it's simplicity and uncluttered lifestyle.  We have medium oak hardwood flooring.  I am open to a mulitple color scheme. Also, you can see the foyer over the half wall.   My daughter thinks gray-blue?  I don't want the room to be drab. Your input is greatly appreciated.  

Thank you,

Pat G.  

Hi Pat,

Thanks for your questions and for the detail you provided.  Staying contemporary, opt for a chaise lounge in a striking color (could be white, unless keeping white clean is an issue or brilliant red or yellow) for the room.  Gray-blue is nice, but is too "same" with black.  Select one vivid color (chartreuse green, red, stark white, yellow) and add that to the mix.  Carry that through in accessories along with chrome/silver and glass.


PS:  If a chaise doesn't suit your lifestyle, try adding two armless chairs in a vivid color.  OH - and if your walls are white, paint them a color.

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