Decorating Dilemma: How do I make my room look complete?

This is probably the most common question I get in my decorating work.

Here are 5 essential elements (think ACTLA):

1) Area Rug: one of the most critical elements – provides softness, cohesion, and defines the space.

2) Coffee Table:  just as the area rug defines the space, the coffee table anchors it.

3) Throw Pillows:  use on both couches and chairs and don’t scrimp – usually it takes 2-3 pillows in a corner.

4) Lamps:  use lamps on side tables or floor lamps – essential to soften the light and support reading.

5) Art:  adds critical texture and interest – try some groupings and leave an occasional wall blank.

All elements must be present for a room to look complete!


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