By Manya Matveev. Living Room. Monday, September 11th 2017, 14:51:33 PM.
Darker floors, lighter walls. This combination positions the tone of the brick fireplace between the dark wood floors and the soft beige walls, folding the brick into the scheme beautifully. The medium red‐brown tones of the brick are repeated in the wood furniture, leather chair and red throw pillows.
Retro sideboard. It might not feel as key as a coffee table or sofa, but a stylish vintage sideboard transforms the look of a living room (and keeps clutter at bay, too). Here a midcentury number adds a quirky retro attitude and provides a handy surface for showing off precious ornaments and pictures. For a timeless look, stick to warm woods, such as teak or rosewood.
Use baskets. If you want a neater living room, make friends with baskets. But before you shop for baskets, figure out what you really want to keep in the living room (see No. 6) so you can choose the right ones for the job. Toys are best in open baskets, because they make it easier for little ones to find what they are looking for; personal documents and messy‐looking items are better stowed in lidded baskets. And remember to measure your shelves before shopping; you don't want to come home with a carload of new organizing supplies only to find they don't fit.