Style Secret: Scale, Proportion, Composition
These tenets are essential to any well-designed space, but they're especially important in a room with so many disparate parts. Paying special attention to fundamental principles helps ensure that each element feels of a piece. In less skillful hands, this living area could have looked like a garage sale gone mad, but peek closer and you'll see how well balanced it is. Dramatic draperies hold their own against the sultry sofa, and the coffee and breakfast tables add just enough presence without fighting for the spotlight. Despite the tumble of artwork and accessories, there's nothing accidental about this space.
Road-test it: Before you bring a piece into an eclectic room, consider its relationship to the setting. Does it overwhelm everything else, get lost in a sea of openness or crowd the space? If so, maybe there's a better spot in the house for it.