I am trying to achieve the blue/orange/brown color scheme in my living room. What do you think is not nice in this room and what can be done to make it look better?
I love your scheme choice. I'd like to see more of the orange featured. If. Budget and space allow, an orange easy chair w/ottoman and ceramic stool in the blue to serve as it's side table would bump up the vibrant colors that accent the browns. In addition, more art and another lamp are possible additions. If you can paint the walls or a focal wall in the orange (different value) would add more drama. A textural throw in the blue could cascade to one side of the sofa. Some chrome accents here and there will provide sparkle.
I think your room is well on its way to being fab. One critique regarding balance. The vertical etagere is right next to the vertical line of the window treatments. Might you need a strong vertical in another part of the room?
Thanks much for your ideas. I will try to get an orange wingback chair with a turquoise accent pillow/stool and more artwork.
Charles, that was very insightful. I will move the ladder to the other side of the room and add some art work on that wall.
So much of the furniture we need for our comfort runs horizontally; sofas, cocktail tables, t.v. cabinets,etc. It's easy to forget that a successful room grabs the eye and directs your attention up and down and around the space on a wonderful journey of discovery. Good lighting and proper balance are often overlooked and can really make the difference between an O.K. room and a dazzling one. I agree that a wing back chair would break up the line made by your accent chairs being a similar height to your sofa. I will say you have very nice taste and I'm sure the room will be great when you are finished.
Can't find anything that's "not nice" about your room, itsabtclr! You've obviously worked hard and done a great job.
In addition to balance, as you make changes, I suggest you also consider scale. Can't see the entire room but all or most of your items appear slightly small for the space. Looks like you have a neutral base with tall ceilings and a fairly large room. When you fill a large room with numerous, smaller scale items, it feels small, IMHO.
For example, instead of having 3-4 small/medium size plants, you might balance out the drapery with a large, tall plant on the other side of the room - possibly in the corner. (Can't see that wall.) Unless you have a better location for the shelving unit, I would remove it and/or move it to another room. To accessorize, I suggest a large, bold item on your coffee table, using your accent color(s).
A few other possibilities: taller drapery panels (skimming the floor, BTW) to emphasize the tall ceilings (a band could be added to the bottom of the existing panels if you can DIY), larger rug, larger/narrower artwork or mirror above couch (existing artwork could be moved to a smaller wall within the space), larger/taller floor lamp and changed-out chandelier, larger/longer sofa (if/when that's changed), etc.
So, as you add color and make changes gradually over time, I would consider scale and add fewer, larger, bold pieces. If you're investing in a large piece of furniture, you might either draw a layout or mark off the space with blue painter's tape in the room before purchasing it.
All, IMHO so hope something's helpful - good luck with your beautiful room!
P.S. might be helpful to post add'l, panoramic pics of the room -This message has been edited. Last edited by: AguaBella,
Balance-wise, I might consider moving the floor lamp to the other side of the sofa so that it doesn't compete in height with the etagere.
Also, some orange throw pillows for a pop of color on the sofa would be nice.
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