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Thank God it’s Friday!! To celebrate the almost-beginning of the weekend, I have another of my favorite, most inspiring spaces to share – I’m breaking down the details of this beautiful Danish-era living room and offering some tips to get the look in your own space. If you have any additional thoughts or suggestions, by all means, share them in the comments section.

COLOR

This space is FULL of warm tones – From the ’70s orange side chair and rich parquet floors, to the browns in the fireplace and brass accessories. The homeowners tone down what could be an overload of warmth with a green wall color that has juuuuust enough blue tint in it to classify it as “cool.” Punchy, bright throw pillows also help tone down the earthy color scheme.

TEXTURE

One way to break up similar colors is through texture – Even though the fireplace brick and hardwood floors are almost identical in color, the look is visually separated by the difference in texture – One is smooth and luminescent while the other is matte and rough. The high pile shag rug breaks up the hard surfaces as does the upholstery, which brings even more softness to the space.  The key is to balance here.

STYLING

Simple, eclectic and organic – This seems to have been the general mantra while decorating the room in question. The homeowners’ display items of thrifted accessories, drape-y greenery and prints atop the fireplace mantle give interest to the focal point of the room, but don’t take away from the beautiful antique brass clock.

PATTERN

Like texture, pattern must be balanced in order to work in a room. Here, the patterns of the super thin fireplace brick, parquet floor and green accent pillow work together because they all share a recurring geometric pattern of intersecting or parallel lines. Keeping it simple with the solid color on the walls and white couch break up the pattern enough so that it doesn’t become dizzying or overpowering.

LIGHTING

By choosing sculptural fixtures, the lighting in this living room does double duty as both decorative and functional. The brass, space-age sconces flanking the fireplace seem to frame the focal point of the room, while the multi-layered drum shade on the floor lamp brings a little excitement to an otherwise dull corner.

So what are your favorite details?

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  • June 15, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Ainhoa - Oh, that orange side chair is lovely! And that green pillow that’s cut off in the picture is great… I’d love one of those for our living room.ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

      Carrie - I love the chair too =) I THINK if you look closely, that the green pillow is a pattern of birds! Kinda cool =)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Msanhle - I agree! The orange chair is really lovely and eye-catching :) Though I found the wall painting somehow doesn’t match with the whole structure. I think of some bold, bright color for the wall which may be matching the warm tone of the whole look? What do u think? :) A nice post btw!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2012 - 12:04 pm

      Carrie - I think there are endless possibilities for the walls =) Love your idea for a brighter color!! And thanks!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2012 - 3:03 am

    qzcreativeit - Hey Carrie. It seems the Facebook link on your home page doesn’t work. I just wanted to ask how you managed to overcome the ‘stencil the top and bottom’ issue on this wall -> http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/239464905156791207_NpZl0oD7_b.jpg

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    • June 17, 2012 - 3:53 pm

      Carrie - That’s odd…The link works for me! I ended up having to trace the top and bottom with a pencil and then hand-paint the yellow between the lines. I little labor-intensive, but worth it!ReplyCancel

      • June 17, 2012 - 11:33 pm

        qzcreativeit - Yeah that is weird, I even tried searching for “Dream Green DIY” / “DreamGreenDIY” but only results that came up where links to your website. No links to your FB page. Thanks for the reply tho! We have a ‘dead’ wall we want to turn into a feature wall in our lounge. So just trying to work out what will be best cost vs ‘look’ effective :) I’m pretty sure painting will be cheaper than pattern wallpaper at this stage. Looks great by the way. Well done.ReplyCancel

        • June 18, 2012 - 7:07 am

          Carrie - Darn…I’ll check on that. Thanks for the heads up! I definitely recommend going with a stencil – It makes SUCH an impact! And thanks =)ReplyCancel

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