Bringing the Living Room to Life

Without accessories, a room lacks depth and character. But how to choose the right ones?

The wall of is painted, the rug is rolled out, furniture is installed. So why do not you feel that the living room was completed? It is not so.

What it needs are decorative accessories – pillow and throw, tray and bowl, stack of books, maybe plants or two – to make it look fun and attractive. New York interior designer, Alyssa Kapito, says: “There is no depth and personality that only those elements can bring.”

Trick is to find the right accessory it is harder than it looks. I asked the interior designer for advice.

Considering them as collections, Mr. Kapito proposed. “The house should be like Gesamtkunstwerk,” she said. “Everything should work, everything must be thoughtful.”

That’s why it is not enough to simply purchase eye-catching items in the decoration of the living room. Interior designer Manhattan, Kevin Dumais, says: “Since we are organizing plans for different rooms, we will amplify and emphasize the overall color palette, look for fabrics that may further develop the atmosphere that is going to call further Pillow upon.

Shawn Handerson, a designer known for comfortable, pared-down interiors, said that before he buys any accessories, he figures out which ones are needed where. “I get very detailed about it, and draw items into the furniture plan,” Mr. Henderson said. “I draw a collection of things on each end table next to the sofa, and on the coffee table,” to study how the various items will work together.

Accessories can be harmonized with the overall color scheme of the room for a calm, coherent appearance, or deliver contrastive colors and pattern punches to activate the space.

For example, in an apartment in West Village, Manhattan, Kapito has a pillow covered with Holland & Sherry textured off-white cloth and a relaxing shade of camel colored cashmere throws on a tanned sofa The vase and container of Earth color sculpture I used at.

“It is kind to the eyes and it is easy,” she said, “When working in neutral it is important to put as many different textures in the room as possible,” he added.

Designer, who worked at the house of Short Hills in New Jersey, Fonggary took the opposite approach. She used walls, sofas, settled gray on rugs, vibrant pink color for stools and lamps, acid yellow for throws, and pipes for pillows. She said that the goal was “to make it vibrant, electric and exciting.” “This is just a little cloth, but Acid Yellow steals the show.

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