Style Board: Living Room Accessories

Pops of color, pieces that speak to you, and finishing touches are the most important details to focus on when decorating a popular, well-visited space such as the living room. If you’re due for a change, a modern twist on the classic family room just might be exactly what you need.


It’s important to bring in pops of color to keep the eye interested and liven up a room. When creating your color story, pillows are a convenient place to start. Since pillows are interchangeable, they’re an excellent way of experimenting with color without committing. Try working with at least one set of patterned cushions that showcase two or more hues.

Now comes the fun part: it’s time to start bringing in other items that coordinate with the colors found in your pillows. Look for books with bright bindings, colorful lamp bases, decorative trays, and artful objects. But remember, these items should serve as more than just eye candy. Make sure your décor consists of pieces that are not just beautiful, but meaningful. A favorite art print, conversation piece, or perhaps a family heirloom, are just a few examples.

Shopping List


1. Black dots by Jen Ramos
2. Scented candle “leave something to the imagination” by Kate Spade
3. Hue by Kelly Wearstler
4. Audrey lamp (white) at Lulu and Georgia
5. Orangerie rose pillow by Arianna Belle
6. Marine blue velvet pillow by Arianna Belle
7. Threshold 9.4” urchin sculpture at Target

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This post was created by Erica.

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Decorating with Animal Prints

Animal Print Decor

A huge debate in the design world comes down to animal print: Is it tacky or trendy? When styled tastefully, animal print in design can add texture, pattern, and a powerful statement to your space. Simply follow these tips to achieve a balanced design with a trend that has never gone out of style!

Pillows


Leopard Print Pillows

An easy way to incorporate animal print in your home is by starting with textiles. There’s an endless selection of prints to choose from with zebra, dalmatian, leopard and cheetah being the most popular. I recommend starting with pillows if you’ve never experimented with animal print before. First of all they’re easy to find; they’re featured at various design stores and Etsy shops. My all time favorite is the Leopard Velvet pillow by Arianna Belle. With this fun, bold print you can pair colorful pillows alongside to help create contrast.  Or place a single bolster on a patterned chair to give your room an extra pop. To achieve a subtler look, opt for neutral toned pillows to place with your animal print.

Décor


Animal Print Tray, Mirror and Rug

This is where the details come into play. Trays, mirrors, and rugs are great items to look for when shopping for animal print. My advice is to search for a snakeskin print to add dimension and texture to your items. Trays are a very practical purchase as they are great for clustering perfumes in your bedroom, holding desk accessories in the office or styling drinks on a bar cart. Mirrors with animal print borders and frames also add a hint of pattern and texture to your space.

For more of an impact, opt for a rug, as they act as a base for any room. Cowhides are classic and add warmth and more texture to your space. You can also try tying in a zebra print area rug like West Elm’s Safari Wool Rug.

Wallpaper


Animal Print Wallpaper

If you’re brave and want a showstopper, wall coverings are bold way of showing your love for graphic pattern. A room can completely transform with a zebra accent wall. But when presented as large scale, you’d be surprised that animal print will often look more like an organic pattern. You can even use a muted print that will blend with the rest of the room with a color scheme consisting of browns and tans.

Furniture


Cheetah Print Furniture

Another option is to bring in furniture featuring cheetah print and snakeskin. Upholstered benches and stools are pieces that work best. These guys are often tucked away or layered with other décor but reveal a hidden surprise when seen. As far as chairs go, keep an eye out for upholstered seating. Single side chairs in your entry way or a bamboo desk chair are great additions.  And say you own some chairs that go unnoticed? Go ahead and give them a makeover by having the cushions reupholstered. It will save you money in the long run and revive their former beauty.

Check out my past post on How to Mix Patterns for more ideas!  

This post was created by Erica.

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10 Timeless Wallpapers

Any homeowner that has purchased an existing home with terrible, out-of-style wallpaper can attest to the fact that when selecting a wallpaper, you really ought to consider whether the pattern will remain in fashion over the years. That said, I highly recommend using wallpaper and paint together as part of your interior design strategy. Wallpaper works great for accent walls in a painted room or as a feature above chair rail or wainscoting. Use wallpaper in strategic places that you want to serve as a focal point of the room rather than covering every surface. Graham & Brown, my favorite wallpaper resource, also carries a line of paintable wallpaper, which can add texture and pattern to a wall using the same paint color you’ve selected for the rest of the room.

Below are my top ten timeless patterns from Graham & Brown. The colors are all neutrals that will work with multiple design styles and colors schemes, so the next homeowner that moves into your place won’t cringe at your taste.

Anis


Anis Wallpaper

The circular shape in this pattern gives it a softness that complements plush furniture and fabrics for an inviting feel. The light color works great for black and white, cream and cool beige motifs; also available in a warm brown color for a cozier and more casual feel. (Cost: $50 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Bruno (Paintable Wallpaper)


Bruno Paintable Wallpaper

Bruno is a paintable wallpaper that features an vertical stripe pattern with three-dimensional texture. Choose your own paint color to match your room’s décor.  (Cost: On sale for $20.00 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Damier


Damier Wallpaper

This pattern is simple and abstract with deep yet subtle tonal variation in neutral colors that provide the visual interest of a natural stone. Available in either grey or brown tones, this wallpaper can work with just about any colors or materials. (Cost: $50 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Darcy


Darcy Wallpaper

The Darcy pattern is pure elegance. Simple yet sophisticated, this wallpaper pattern will always be relevant whether paired with European traditional, mid-century modern or contemporary furniture styles.  You simply can’t go wrong with this style. (Cost: $70 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Engima


Enigma Wallpaper

This wallpaper pattern by designer Kelly Hopper includes subtle metallic highlights that reflect light back into the room for an ephemeral feeling of space and light. The wallpaper is available in a variety of light and dark color tones, including beige (shown), white, blue and white, and dark gray. (Cost: $85 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Gloriental


Gloriental Wallpaper

Gloriental is a pattern of overlapping circles that is mildly reminiscent of floral patterns in a more enduring, abstract geometric form. According to Graham & Brown, this wallpaper “has an embossed finish makes the product durable and extra washable. The wallpaper allows you to paste the wall instead of the paper meaning that it is easy to hang and also easy to remove.” Yes! (Cost: $85 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Mai


Mai Wallpaper

Mai is a striped pattern that is not too bold or too boring. The cream color provides a neutral yet sophisticated background to your furnishings and accessories.  See how well it complements the pop of red in the tableware above as well as the golden champagne glasses and wood dining table. (Cost: $85 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Quantum


Quantum Wallpaper

Quantum is a classic diamond pattern with the intricate detailing of a well-tailored suit. It’s available in both light and dark colors, with the black and silver version show here especially attractive when used as part of a monochromatic room design. (Cost: $50 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Salizzada


Salizzada Wallpaper

If you’re looking to add some ornamental pattern to your room but still want a timeless style, Salizzada is the perfect solution.  In fact, it looks as timeless yet contemporary as the geometric patterns of ancient Greek architecture! Like the Gloriental wallpaper, Salizzada has an embossed finish that makes the wallpaper washable and also allows you to paste to the wall instead of the wallpaper for easy install. (Cost: $85 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

Strata


Strata Wallpaper

Available in grey and beige, Strata is a striped pattern with carefully placed zigs and zags that miraculously imply a diamond grid. The genius of the design doesn’t stop there: it works beautifully in rooms that are formal as well as casual and playful spaces, like the one shown here. (Cost: $50 per roll or $2.00 for a sample.)

All of the wallpapers shown here are available for purchase at grahambrown.com.

This post was created by Katie.

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