PROJECT 2Contemporary Living Room, London
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Add cheery colour to dark cornersThis living room is undeniably dark and dramatic, but it stays the right side of gothic thanks to the cluster of bright, cheery accessories along the mantelpiece and the vase of sunshine yellow flowers sparkling out of the dark. In fact, the charcoal walls actually serve to magnify their impact by creating such a contrasting backdrop for them to shine against.To create a similar effect and banish any hint of gloom, sort through your accessories, borrow some from other rooms if you need to, and create a bright display along a mantelpiece or in an alcove to bring life to shadowy corners. It’s also a good excuse to treat yourself to a large bunch of the brightest, most cheerful flowers you can find; go for height and volume to make the biggest impact.
Dress a mantelAn artwork that could look lost hung above a mantelpiece can become a perfectly sized element within a group display if it’s rested against the wall. Here, the arrangement shuns symmetry, but the painting and the tall blue vessel are balanced in height for a pleasing effect, while the selection of sizes for the remainder of the pieces leads the eye around the group. Styling tip: Note how the painting’s colours are repeated among the collection of objects as well to create a harmonious whole.
2. Mix your erasThis blackish/navy blue has a rather serious air, especially when paired with the grand marble fire surround. You could easily go for a combination like this, then build on it by choosing period-sensitive furniture in gently complementary colours – more pale grey, or white woodwork, for example. The design twist comes in a couple of ways: one, in the form of the vibrant yellow and the jewel-coloured velvet upholstery. Two, in that the furniture and accessories are distinctly midcentury rather than antique. The dark-painted skirting boards add a non-traditional edge, too.Here’s why we’re going nuts for velvet sofas