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Mix things up – People tend to think that the finishes have to be an exact match. Having different finishes feels like each piece was acquired over time and the room feels beautifully furnished but not staged. For example, this chandelier was chosen as antique brass so it would pop off of the dark wood ceiling but it does not match the bronze desk lamp or the silver leafed framed mirror. We also mixed styles of furnishings to include a mid-century accent table, a transitional lounge chair, an Asian inspired ottoman, and a traditional four poster bed.
Create balance – The panels behind the bed were inspired by a rich color in the art above the fireplace. We add the panels to highlight the arch of the headboard and visually connect the room through color. Bring in elements that not only complement the color palette but also balance out the scale of a room. If there is a single large element in the room it may feel out of place.
Layer and then add more layers – I think a room is more interesting when there are several layers of color, texture, and pattern. One easy trick is to layer rugs. This antique rug was the inspiration for the room but it was undersized for the king bed. We added an inexpensive sisal rug that visually elongates the antique rug while adding an interesting texture to the room. It creates a frame around the rug making it feel special.