Emily Ruddo DesignTraditional Living Room, Los Angeles
Design by Emily Ruddo, Photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray paint, Mitchell Gold lounger, Custom media storage, custom raspberry pink chairs,
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Upholstery. A monochromatic design can be beautiful, but playing with unconventional colors will give your room a lively look. Choosing playful colors on select pieces of upholstery is a great way to do this. I love how the bright fuchsia on the dining chairs and living room chair ties the two adjacent spaces together here.
Connecting colors: In an open floor plan, an accent color can connect different areas of your home. Upholstery is a great way to accomplish this. I love how these dining chairs are in a solid fabric while the wing chair wears a pattern.
Open layouts are great for creating a series of separate areas conducive for entertaining. Help the entire space feel cohesive by carrying similar colors into each area, such as this magenta on both the dining room chairs and the upholstery in the living room.
You can also go with a more streamlined chaise that has contrasting piping (or welting). Because this one is backless, you can sit on either side, depending on where the conversation is happening. In another space, the same chaise could be placed against the wall. This versatility makes a backless chaise a good investment piece.
And remember it's not always a crime to let a few components show. A beautiful room is a beautiful room. This is one of my favorites on Houzz. It's not hard to image a couple of component boxes sitting just below the flat screen and atop this console.More: Where to Put the TV?Great Rooms With Great ViewingHow to Arrange Your Room for TV and People, TooWhere to Put the TV When the Wall Won't Work